Blog #1 - Telehealth Guide for PT
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is the use of telecommunications or information technology to provide physical therapy services to a patient. Physical therapy services via telehealth requires synchronous audiovisual or audio interaction between the physical therapist and the patient/client. You get the benefit of getting treated for your injury and concerns with the comfort of sitting at home or if you are away travelling.
With the coronavirus pandemic the demand of telehealth is higher than normal to reduce the risk of infection from spreading. Coronavirus transmission is primarily via person-to-person contact mainly through respiratory droplets. Telehealth is an approach which helps keep both patients and physical therapists safe.
Does Insurance cover my Telehealth PT?
Yes, most of the insurance covers online physical therapy sessions. You can call your insurance and confirm for the coverage or we can do it for you.
Does it affect my standard of care?
No. The physical therapist is subjected to provide the same standard of care in a telehealth session that he or she would provide in an in-person setting. The current state laws and regulations followed by the physical therapist for any in person encounters should be the same for telehealth encounters.
Is Telehealth one-on-one care?
Yes, a patient/client will indeed get complete one-on-one care and physical therapy services from a licensed Physical Therapist without any involvement of the physical therapy aides/technicians or distractions. Our therapist will ensure HIPAA compliance and keep patient confidentiality.
Do I need Telehealth?
There are several factors considered for the patients appropriateness for Telehealth. These are: ❏ Physical Therapist clinical judgement ❏ Patient Preference ❏ Technology availability ❏ Risks and Benefits
Do I fill out any specific form when I start Telehealth?
Yes. Because of the unique nature of the service method via Telehealth, the Physical Therapist will require the patient's/client’s signed consent. Obtaining consent ensures that the patient is informed, understands, and is comfortable with treatment via telehealth. You will find our Telehealth Consent Form at our website littleelmprc.com.Click Here
What are the technology considerations I keep in mind?
Higher bandwidth internet connection works best for uninterrupted audio/video conference calls. The amount and speed of the internet connection will determine the video quality and amount and speed of data transfer. For optimal results, a reliable, high-speed internet connection with a bandwidth of at least 10 mbps will minimize connection issues and provide the best quality. Little Elm PRC carries fiber-optic internet connection with 100 Mbps.
How does Telehealth work in Physical Therapy?
Once your appointment is booked with us, we can forward you the Telehealth Consent form and Patient Health Questionnaire via Email. Both these forms are available at our website click below for form. Patients are expected to fill these forms, scan and email back to us prior to their appointment. Physical Therapist (PT) will start the video session at your appointment time with an introduction. Therapist and Patient are expected to be conducting the video session in a well lit and quiet room.
PT will then begin with ‘Subjective Assessment’ which includes a well-structured series of questions designed to understand your injury/concern better based on the form you completed prior to the session. By the end of subjective session, PT will have a clear idea on the patient's reason for referral, activity limitation, participation restriction and goals. PT will then ask you to perform specific movements and positions as part of the special test and skill-based assessment to determine the physical impairments and confirm her diagnosis. Most of the musculoskeletal conditions are suitable for online physical therapy. PT will educate you about the injury, provide postural correction and ergonomic tips (if applicable) and establish the plan of care for you. PT will guide you through the appropriate exercise plan and how to implement your home exercise program
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