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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Opportunities Related to COVID-19 from APTA Engage

PT Volunteer Roster – Add your name to a roster of PTs, PTAs, and students interested in helping if needs arise at a facility near you. Follow updates on this initiative by following #ptcovid19 on Twitter. A PTCovid19 website will be live soon. Note that facilities must request assistance prior to being able to match volunteers to specific needs.

PT Volunteer Roster sign-up for non-members Note this unique link for non-members to sign up. If you’re receiving this message, you have already opted into APTA Engage. If you would like to encourage any non-member colleagues to sign up, please let them know that non-members must first create an APTA user ID on APTA.org before signing into APTA Engage.

Volunteer Needs for Facilities – Being able to match volunteers on the roster to local opportunities will be dependent on facilities letting us know their needs. If you know of a facility in need of volunteers, please direct folks to request volunteer assistance through the link on APTA.org. Please help spread the word in your medical communities!

COVID-19 Stories – APTA would like to hear from members about your experiences on the frontlines of this pandemic. Please consider sharing your story with other members by selecting this opportunity or by contacting Michelle Vanderhoff, APTA lead editor directly.

Webinar Recordings Available:

4/04/20 Recording: COVID-19:Minimizing the Impact of Social Distancing for the Older Adult

3/28/20 Recording: COVID-19: Clinical Best Practices in Physical Therapy Management

3/21/20 Recording: Academy of Acute Care & COVID-19: How Can We Add the Greatest Value?

Find everything you need - the recording link, the presentation slides, resources, and the speaker info - in the document links above. Download to save and share! 

Acute Care COVID-19 Release

Acute Care is committed to supporting all physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students, both association members and nonmembers, as we deal with issues arising out of the current Coronavirus pandemic.  As a professional organization, we are not permitted to provide legal advice, however, we can provide references that will help you make good decisions for yourself, your patients, colleagues, and practices.

CDC COVID-19 Information for Healthcare Providers.

The APTA website recognizes that patient care is determined by the clinical judgment of the therapist, and encourages therapists to “first do no harm” and to “weigh the risks of providing care versus not.” APTA has a wealth of information and links on their website home page that is available to all therapists, regardless of association membership, in an effort to keep everyone informed. This information is updated regularly to address changes as the situation evolves.

While we recognize that many of these decisions you need to make are extremely difficult, we ask that you respect the fact that we cannot provide individualized legal advice. We encourage you to seek advice specific to your organization from your employment leadership, including attorneys, practice managers, school directors, compliance officers, etc.

This pandemic is an evolving situation. APTA will post updates on their website as appropriate.


  • Does the legislation signed by President Trump allowing CMS to make certain waivers for Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP relief in response to the Coronavirus include provisions for physical therapists?

    • APTA issued guidelines related to these waivers on March 16.

    Are Physical Therapy clinics mandated to close under the Governor’s current restrictions?

    Physical therapy is not mentioned under the current guidelines coming from the Governor’s office. Therefore, each clinic has to make an individual determination about whether to remain open during this crisis. There are some general guidelines and considerations to facilitate making a decision on the APTA website including whether your practice is considered an ”essential health service.”

    I provide care in a school district. Am I permitted to treat my pediatric caseload even when the schools are under mandated closures?

    Again, this determination must be made on an individual basis. Some things to consider include:

    • Guidelines from your administration about accessing premises during the mandated closure.
    • Contract specifications, including consideration for PTs that are employees and PTs that are contractors.

    If my employer closes my clinic, will I still get paid?

    Again, that is an individual decision for each employer and employee to determine. Some factors to consider include:

    • Your terms of employment and/or contract.
    • Your eligibility to use vacation, sick, or personal leave time, and whether that is paid vs. unpaid.
    • Your personal circumstances: are you or a family member in at “at risk” category? If so, are you eligible to use FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act provisions)? Does your employer pay when employees take advantage of FMLA? (The law does not require employers to pay for time used under this law).
    • We are aware of some employers who have offered additional days of paid time off for employees to take care of themselves or a family member. You may want to consider negotiating with your employer.

    APTA has been issuing regular, and often daily, Coronavirus Updates via PT in Motion News electronic newsletter.

    AACPT wants to be sure members are informed in a timely fashion, but we also want to be sure to not fill your inboxes with duplicate information! Signing up to get these short summaries with links to key documents, stories, and information is the BEST way to stay informed moment-to-moment. We will periodically forward this key information to members, but there may be a delay of up to a week. Be sure you are subscribed to get information in the timeliest manner possible!

    How to sign up: At the top of APTA’s homepage, click "Profile" in the top right corner. Login, and then go to "Email Management/Go Green." Then be sure to check "Allow APTA's weekly e-newsletter, PT in Motion News" box.

    Find past issues via the APTA’s Coronavirus webpage.

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