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APTA TN UPDATES

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September 9, 2020 - What's New on the Hill

August 26, 2020 - TennCare has extended telehealth guidance through 2020

August 25, 2020 -  Tell CMS to stop the 9% CUT!!

August 10, 2020 - Update on Telehealth

August 7, 2020 - Update from Licensing board regarding CEUs

Continuing education audit of In-Person/Live hours

suspended through December 2020

. Please read and share.

🔹Audit process will otherwise remain unchanged

 

August 3, 2020 - Proclamation by the Governor

July 15, 2020 - Licensure of physical therapists and physiotherapists. - E: Enacted as Public Chapter 0790 effective July 15, 2020.

July 1, 2020 - Update on TennCare MCO Telehealth Coverage Policies 

June 29, 2020 - Gov. Lee Extends State of Emergency to Aug. 29, 2020

June 25, 2020 - Press Release for June 30, 2020

May 27, 2020Insurance companies should provide payment parity for telehealth visits | Opinion


May 15, 2020 - BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee updated its coverage policies to permanently cover virtual visits with in-network providers.

The insurer began covering telephone and video visits with in-network providers in March to accommodate for social distancing during the pandemic. However, the company has now become the first major insurer to make the changes permanent as part of its efforts to expand access to care.

The insurer will now cover telehealth for primary care providers, specialists, behavioral health providers and occupational, physical and speech therapy as part of its regular policies. During the pandemic, the company made its PhysicianNow virtual services available at no cost through June 30; after that point, the services will be available as a cost-sharing service. Members will also continue to have access to its 24/7 Nurseline services. Other insurers have updated their coverage for telehealth, but limited the timeline for coverage through the pandemic.

Going forward, BlueCross will cover member-to-provider and provider-to-provider telehealth consultations in Tennessee. From March 16 to April 14, it managed 71,000 telehealth claims, which is 18 times more than the claims submitted over the same period in 2019.

 

https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/telehealth/bluecross-blueshield-of-tennessee-makes-covid-19-telehealth-coverage-permanent.html?origin=CIOE&utm_source=CIOE&utm_medium=email&oly_enc_id=1238E0719601D3U

 

May 12, 2020 - Letter to Extend Telehealth for PT, OT, and SLP

May 8, 2020  Licensing Board Update:

Update from the May 8th Licensing Board meeting:

The Board Attorney, Ms. Lara Gill expressed that neither she nor the board could provide any statement or comment due to the current Executive Order in place and that all questions regarding Continuing Education would need to be directed or addressed to the Commissioner of Health until the Executive Order expires.

 

Audits at the Licensing Board level will continue as is. The only exception is if a PT/PTA is audited and has not met the criteria or doesn’t have all of the hours, either face to face, online accordingly or a combination of both, in the Executive Order’s time allotted during this period of COVID-19, then the PT/PTA can make a special letter of request to the Licensing Board directly that explains their situation, (i.e. someone who was able to get all of the hours online, when only 10 hours can be used currently as listed in the rules, and other situations that may also exist). Make a note: Only send a letter to the licensing board if you are audited.

 

May 5, 2020 - Protect Your Clinics and Patients: Act Now on COVID-19 Legislation

April 30th,  CMS added PTs, OTs and SLPs as eligible telehealth providers retroactive to March 1, 2020.  

April 30, 2020 - APTA - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for the Physical Therapy Profession

April 24, 2020 - New COVID Relief Package Adds $75 Billion to Funding for Health Care Providers

April 27, 2020 -  Joint letter to the Governor from APTA TN, TNOTA and TAASLP

APRIL 22, 2020 - APTA CORONAVIRUS LASTEST NEWS 

APRIL 13, 2020 - APTA TN President Responds to Executive Order 25

April 8, 2020 - FSMB -  States Waiving In-State Licensure Requirements for Telehealth in ...

April 8, 2020 -  APTA Regulatory Issues: Take Action

April 7, 2020 -  Updated APTA Web Resources on Telehealth, Disaster Management Now Available

APRIL 3, 2020 - Latest Relief Package: Options for Small Businesses

April 2, 2020 - Aetna Now Covers Telehealth Delivered by PTs

APRIL 1, 2020 - TELEHEALTH IN TN - PODCAST BY JOE BLACK, APTA TN PRESIDENT ALAN MEADE AND REIMBURSEMENT CHAIR DAVID HARRIS

MARCH 31, 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

MARCH 30, 2020 - APTA CARES Act Information

MARCH 30, 2020 - BCBS TALKING POINTS

TENNESSEE STATE PRACTICE ACT (Sections 56-7-1002 AND 63-1-155 address TELEHEALTH)

MARCH 25, 2020  - EMAIL FROM APTA TN PRESIDENT - TELEHEALTH

MARCH 25, 2020 - UPDATE FROM TN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH -TELEHEALTH 

MARCH 19, 2020 - CMS MOVES TO ALLOW DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS BY PTs

MARCH 17, 2020 - TENNCARE TELEHEALTH GUIDANCE

 

Governor Bill Lee Executive Orders

 

AUGUST 28, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDERS 59, 60, 61

July 31, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 55

JULY 6, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 54

JULY 1, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 53

JUNE 29, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 50

MAY 30, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 39

MAY 22, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 38

MAY 12, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 37

MAY 12, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 36

MAY 7, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 35

MAY 6, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 34

MAY 5, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 33

MAY 1, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 32

APRIL 29, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 31

APRIL 28, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 30

APRIL 24, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 29

APRIL 17, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 28

APRIL 13, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 27

APRIL 9, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 26

APRIL 8, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 25

APRIL 2, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 23

MARCH 30, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 22

MARCH 29, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 21

MARCH 26, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 20 - TELEHEALTH IN SECTION 38.1

MARCH 22, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE EXECUTIVE ORDER 17

MARCH 20, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE - EXECUTIVE ORDER 16

MARCH 19, 2020 - GOVERNOR LEE - EXECUTIVE ORDER 15

 

PRACTICE RESOURCES

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BUSINESS RESOURCES

June 4, 2020 - Update on TennCare MCO Telehealth Coverage Policies

April 15, 2020 - COVID-19 TN Dept of Health Update

APRIL 14, 2020 - PT's Adapting to COVID-19....

APRIL 3, 2020 - Latest Relief Package: Options for Small Businesses

US Small Business Administration - Disaster Relief Loan Information

March 27, 2020 - The CARES Act signed into law on March 27 is aimed at providing relief in a wide range of areas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what the package offers to small businesses. Click here for more information!

 

APTA is  updating  information on COVID-19 on a daily basis. We encourage you to visit the  APTA Coronavirus website  each day for ongoing current information. 

 

 

 

 

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