Keeping Safe While Reopening Outpatient Clinics

As the country moves to reopen gradually, rules, regulations, policies, and recommendations are swiftly being amended, but valid concerns remain about how to safely run an outpatient facility during a pandemic. Members had an opportunity to ask questions of APTA staff and colleagues in the spaces of physical therapy and infection control to assist with facilitating evidence-based safety precautions and best practices as outpatient facilities remain open, and reopen. http://www.apta.org/Courses/20/5/29/COVID-19/

APTA Policy Priorities and COVID-19

There has been a lot of activity by Congress to address the COVID pandemic. APTA staff Justin Elliott, Vice President, Government Affairs, and Kara Gainer, JD, Director of Regulatory Affairs, join us to discuss what’s happening in Congress, what’s to come, and what APTA is doing to advocate on behalf of the profession. Presenters will take questions live from viewers. Prior to the Facebook Live event, please review a more in-depth webinar APTA Advocacy activities and priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Outpatient Physical Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Clinician Discussion

Outpatient PTs from private practice, hospital, and pediatric settings gather to discuss how they have maintained in-person practice while upholding CDC-recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Although COVID-19 has changed the way physical therapists and physical therapist assistants practice, but it has not changed their desire to serve their patients.

Disparities Brought to the Forefront as COVID-19 Spreads: What the Physical Therapy Profession Can Do

APTA hosted experts in physical therapy and public health to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the United States, including how the pandemic interacts with existing geographic, economic, racial, and age-related health disparities. Speakers explored the roles the physical therapy community can play in mitigating not only COVID-19, but health disparities in general.

International PT Response to COVID-19: Colombia, Peru

Despite living in different countries and health systems, physical therapists in Colombia and Peru are facing the same challenges as physical therapists in the United States.  This discussion features Nancy Molina, president of the Colombian Physical Therapy Association, Gabriela Mallma, president of the Peruvian Physical Therapy Association and Ana Herrera, PT in Peru. Both presidents describe how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their countries, the response of each government, and how PTs are challenged by insufficient PPE and other difficulties to providing services. They also describe how PTs are finding innovative ways to care for their communities. The discussion is in Spanish and English.

Implementing Telehealth in Your Practice STAT: Practical Guidance from Experienced Telehealth PTs Q&A Recorded (March 30)

Telehealth and telePT are increasing in scope and availability to providers and patients. As adoption and uptake of these delivery innovations has expanded, physical therapy research and education has been slow to address the nuances of clinical reasoning and patient management in a setting in which the patient is not in the same location as the clinician. In this panel, providers across specialties answer questions from audience members.