Telehealth Update: Pandemic PHE Extended Again
- By Laurie Watanabe
- May 02, 2022
The most recent extension of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) related to the COVID-19 pandemic has again lengthened the time period during which seating and wheeled mobility clinicians can use telehealth options.
In its April 28 newsletter to stakeholders, NCART noted that Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra recently extended the PHE through July 15. The extension, combined with recent legislation that extended telehealth options for an additional 151 days after the end of the PHE, “means that physical and occupational therapists will be permitted to provide CRT [Complex Rehab Technology] telehealth services to their clients until at least later this year,” NCART explained.
Telehealth visits have been embraced by both seating professionals and their clients during the pandemic, but NCART’s update was accompanied by a reminder that the CRT industry continues to work toward permanently including OTs and PTs on the list of authorized telehealth professionals.
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Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.