Physical Therapy Practice during COVID-19 Outbreak; Info & Resources
Last Updated 7/16/2020
The response to the COVID-19 outbreak is evolving rapidly, with mandatory measures and guidance being published daily at the local, state and national levels, we strongly encourage you to follow the links below frequently for updated information as things change.
GUIDANCE FOR PRACTICE
The Governor has issued several Executive Orders relating to the Pandemic. Licensees are expected to comply with all applicable requirements of the orders, relevant to the specific care setting and type of procedure.
All Executive Orders can be found here: --> Executive Orders <--
The Oregon Health Authority has issued accompanying frameworks and specific guidelines for practice posted on their website at:
--> OHA COVID-19 Info for Health Care Partners <--
We highly recommend reviewing all the resources found there, but we have cross-posted some relevant information for licensees as well:
Clinical and Infection Control Guidance
Guidance for Clinics and Hospitals
Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities
Guidance for Foster Care or Group Homes
Guidance for Home Care
Elective and Non-Urgent Procedures
Governor's Executive Order 20-22
Framework for Restarting
Guidance on Resumption of Non-Emergent and Elective Procedures
Overall, be sure to stay current on all requirements and recommendations for social distancing, cleaning and patient screening practices, and make adjustments to patient care, including the application of telehealth and rescheduling of care when viable at this time.
ADDITIONAL INFO: The Governor has issued several Executive Orders relating to COVID-19. All Executive Orders are published directly here. The Governor also has a general landing page for COVID-19 information here.
Increasingly, city governments are also publishing mandates that may apply to you. We recommend taking a moment to reference their websites and signing up for notifications.
The Oregon Board of Physical Therapy has rules in place governing telehealth practice. You can review those rules here.
Nationally, there have been several actions to ease the utilization of telehealth; if you are new to telehealth or are considering expanding your use of telehealth temporarily, we recommend regularly reviewing information published at HHS.gov and CMS.gov. Here are two relevant links recently published relating to billing and HIPAA compliance:
And for those new to telehealth, the APTA has a good resource page here.
Business Oregon has put together a resource for businesses impacted by COVID-19 here.
Information relating to impacts on the NPTE and other services provided by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) can be found here.
The American Physical Therapy Association is maintaining a frequently updated resource for information and guidance related to COVID-19 and PT practice for both members and non-members here.
Oregon Health Authority's Health Security, Preparedness and Response Division has several resources for guidance and preparation, including information on volunteering with the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers -- SERV-OR. OHA is actively seeking more volunteers.
SERV-OR Frequently Asked Questions
Board Office Hours and Board Meetings
While State Offices are currently closed to the public for in-person visits to protect public health, we continue to be open for business via phone and email, or via the services available on our website. We are experiencing higher than normal call volumes and cannot always answer immediately. Please do leave a voicemail or contact us via email and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. Please be sure to include your full name and license number, if applicable, in your message.
Additionally, meetings of the Board scheduled for the next several months will be conducted via teleconference. Meeting notices and agendas will be updated with public call-in information ahead of the meetings.