This presentation is co-sponsored by the Health Policy and Administration Section.

TeleHealth is at the “tipping point” of becoming an ‘overnight success’ after decades of practice. Technological advances and consumer comfort have moved this practice to a ‘must have’ status in many clinics. Research demonstrates the benefits to patients and clinicians, alike. And, recent and ongoing political and reimbursement changes make TeleHealth, and TeleRehab, an efficient and practical way to provide clinical care in a successful physical therapy clinic.

We may not be ‘there’ quite yet, with physical therapy, meaning in TeleRehab. Even so, in this session, we discuss the recent ATA Blueprint for practice; the developing skill set needed to provide care; and the myriad of resources available to assist in developing your TeleRehab program. We also discuss several current examples of our colleagues that are using TeleRehab in practice at this time, as we discuss payment and practice issues. Join us, and learn how you can join them in providing TeleRehab in your clinic.

Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to:
  1. Discuss current licensure issues in Physical Therapy, related to the provision of TeleRehab Services.
  2. Describe 3-4 scenarios for proper payment of TeleRehab services in their clinic.
  3. Recognize where to find resources to develop a good TeleRehab service in their Physical Therapy clinic.

Robert Latz, PT, DPT. Robert Latz received his PT degree from the University of Montana and his DPT from Boston University. Currently, he is the APTA HPA Technology SIG chair. He is the Co-Chair of the IMPACT Act Implementation Workgroup for NASL (National Association for the Support of Long Term Care). He is the only Physical Therapist in the United States with the HealthCare CIO certification. In addition, he is serving as an ONC Health Information Technology Fellow. Dr. Latz is the Chief Information Officer for Trinity Rehabilitation Services which improves human function by providing contracted therapy services in Post-Acute Care settings.

Meet the Speaker(s):

Alan Chong Lee, PT, PhD, DPT, MA, MSPT. Alan Lee, PT, PhD, DPT is a professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles. Dr. Lee maintains clinical practice at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego with dual board certifications in geriatrics and wound management. He conducted NIDRR-funded telehealth research with University of Pittsburgh and he is the APTA’s Frontier in Rehabilitation Science and Technology Council’s telehealth core leader. He graduated from Duke University with his MSPT in 1994, tDPT from Creighton University, and PhD from Nova Southeastern University.

Mike Billings, PT, DHSc, MS. Mike Billings has practiced since 1991 with a focus on older adult rehab since 1995. As President of Infinity Rehab, a contract rehab company headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, he oversees all operations for over 200 contracts in 13 states. Mike has been a member of the APTA since 1992 and a member of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) since 2013. He has a special interest in the use of telehealth and has been applying telehealth to practice since 2008. He has lectured locally and nationally and served as an adjunct professor in the Physical Therapy program at Pacific University.

Chris Peterson, PT, DPT. Chris Peterson is a Program Director for Hartford Healthcare in Hartford, Connecticut and currently serves as Vice-Chair for the American Telemedicine Association’s Telerehabilitation Special Interest Group. At Hartford Healthcare Chris plays a key role in the development and implementation of telehealth operational models within the Community Healthcare Network that encompasses skilled nursing, home and ambulatory care. Additionally, he has been involved in advocating for the delivery of healthcare services using information and communication technologies at the local, state and national level.

Kelly Sanders, PT, DPT. Kelly Sanders currently serves as the president of Movement for Life, a family of 22 outpatient clinics that operate in California, Arizona and North Carolina. Kelly serves as a member of the APTA PPS Payment Policy Committee as well as chair of the telerehab task force for that same committee.

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1Telehealth_and PT_MergingOfPractice.mp4
Type:E-Learning Course
Learning Time:1h  30m
Domains:Telehealth Advocacy, operations, clinical standards, finance
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