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  • 21-Jan-2021 7:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you miss the December 2020 Newsletter in your email? Not to worry, we'll place the link here each "tri-mester". 

    December 2020 Newsletter

    Board Reports for meeting on January 23, 2021, 9am meeting here. 

    Please note the legislative updates have changed many times since the previous reports. They will provide a verbal report on 1/23/21, 9am. Please join us: Link found here. 

  • 04-Jan-2021 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Latest update: Jan 4, 2021, 4:52pm:

    We at APTA MT have been communicating with State and County Health Offices to ensure PTs and PTAs, and possibly staff, are on the priority list for the vaccination. We have been successful in some counties. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of confusion, lack of plans in most counties due to limited doses each week. This is what we know:

    PTs are in Category 1A
    12/30/2020: Governor Bullock provided this infographic .  Here is Missoula County infographic .

    Missoula County:Update January 4, 2021: Missoula County asks you use this form:

    https://bit.ly/3pTCJ3f The link to this form is found on their vaccine info site at https://www.missoulainfo.com/vaccination

    Previous updates have been removed since the information changed each day.

    Gallatin County: Update Jan 4, 2021, from Gallatin County Health: "Call the County’s call center at 548-0123 to give them a number of interested staff from their practices as well as the best contact person for anyone who has not yet called in. We need to get approximate totals to account for available doses. As we receive these counts from practices, we are sending daily emails to those we have heard from with the invitation to schedule their appointments for vaccine at the Fairgrounds."

    Flathead County: Updated 12/31/20, 11:45am: PT/As are on priority list. They vaccinated a few private practice PTs and staff last week when there were doses leftover after the hospitalists were vaccinated. They have vaccinated some staff as doses allowed. They don't have vaccine at this writing (12/31/20, 11:45am), but to check their website, linked here.  The phone number at the top of the page: 406-890-7272 is the best way to reach them about future clinics.

    Yellowstone County:  12/31/20, from Riverstone Health: "At this time, demand for COVID-19 vaccine exceeds supply so the Unified Health Command (UHC), following guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the state of Montana, is taking a tiered approach to COVID-19 vaccination in Yellowstone County. Both Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare are hosting by appointment only COVID-19 vaccination clinics for employees working in healthcare settings and first responders in Yellowstone County. Call St. Vincent Healthcare at 406.237.7050 and Billings Clinic at 406.435.5744 for more information. Healthcare personnel and first responders must show valid credentials (proof of healthcare entity employment, employee badge, etc.) at the time of vaccination. As COVID-19 vaccine supply becomes more available, the UHC will expand vaccination opportunities for additional community members in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines."

    Lewis and Clark County: PT/As are on the priority list and we worked with them to distribute the logistics to get PT/As vaccinated at a drive up clinic over the last two days (12/29 and 12/30). If you still need a vaccine, call your county health dept and identify yourself as a PT/A to receive priority on the next round of vaccinations.

    Cascade County: UPDATE 12/30/20, 4pm, from Benefis Chief Medical Officer: "Those interested need to fill out the attached survey and demographic sheet and return it to tahneepeppenger@benefis.org.  We may be able to get some in next week (first week of 2021) but it really will depend on them getting the information back to us as quickly as they can. The other we will try to get on the next round."

    Ravalli County: Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital has reached out to all Physical Therapy Clinics in Ravalli County (along with other essential health care providers) and have a list of therapists who want the vaccination. "We are in the process of calling them to schedule appointments for vaccinations as the vaccinations become available. Any therapist that lives and works in Ravalli county that has not already sent their name, D.O.B & contact number can email Pett Dunn directly, pdunn@mdmh.org"

    Silver Bow County: St. James Hospital has been reaching out to clinics to schedule them for vaccination (Source: Private practice PT).

    Rosebud County: We heard Rosebud County has scheduled some PTs at Colstrip Medical Clinic next week, but we aren't sure about Forsyth or IHS in Lame Deer.

    Please contact us if you have additional information from your county or if you need us to call your county health office. We will continue to update this news section.

  • 23-Jun-2020 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Monday we launched APTA’s new brand and website, joining the 32 components that have already launched the unified brand. Member response has been positive. We have known issues that we’re addressing, including updating links. Over the last few months, we’ve made minor updates to our brand guidelines for national and chapters. Access the most up-to-date versions of our APTA Chapter Brand Policies and Guidelines and APTA National Brand Guidelines and Policies for reference when implementing the brand. As of June 2020, 54 components have signed up to align with the unified brand. APTA will support components with brand alignment through the end of 2021. Reach out to Alicia Hosmer at aliciahosmer@apta.org with questions or to learn more about the APTA Component Support Program.

  • 23-Jun-2020 10:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has shared resources for workplace response to COVID-19. The document includes a list of general COVID-19 resources grouped by agency, a section with resources on reopening workplaces, and additional industry-specific COVID-19 resources grouped by industry. Suggestions may be sent to OSHA’s Doug Kalinowski.

  • 30-Apr-2020 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Responding to APTA advocacy, CMS is providing greater flexibility. APTA summary to come, but the interim rule includes PTs among providers that can furnish telehealth services and is allowing the performance of maintenance therapy by a PTA under Part B: https://cms.gov/files/document/covid-19-physicians-and-practitioners.pdf

  • 09-Apr-2020 10:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APTA's flagship telehealth page is now enhanced with news and frequent updates related to COVID-19 changes, including use of digital “e-visits” and the status of state and payer policies related to eligibility to practice and coverage of telehealth, as well as template letters to help you advocate to CMS, states, and payers to waive telehealth restrictions.


  • 09-Apr-2020 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In a letter to Alpine PT in Missoula, BCBSMT stated:

    "BCBSMT covers telemedicine services provided by physical therapists under the terms and conditions set out in 33-22-138, MCA. In addition, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, BCBSMT is temporarily enhancing our telehealth benefits beyond the requirements of 33-22-138, MCA.
    "Retroactive to February 4, 2020, we will compensate participating providers for secure interactive audiovideo covered telemedicine services at the same rates allowed for an in-person office visit. We are also temporarily expanding telehealth coverage to audio-only telephone calls (see our April 1, 2020 Blue News announcement for more details and compensation information for audio-only telephone covered services), and we are temporarily waiving member cost-sharing for all in-network covered telemedicine services until April 30, 2020. These business decisions will be re-evaluated as necessary, as the COVID-19 public health emergency progresses."

  • 30-Mar-2020 8:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    These articles were distributed by JCCS, a CPA firm in Montana. They explain how these Relief Packages may help you.

  • 30-Mar-2020 7:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, CMS issued a wide range of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. APTA staff are currently reviewing what it means for PTs and PTAs who work across the care continuum. APTA will follow up with more details tomorrow.


  • 30-Mar-2020 7:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today's virtual Town Hall on Telehealth, Evisits and other telemedicine topics was recorded. The recording and the slides can be found in the members only section.

    Members may view these here.  This will take you to the members only area. You will need to log in using the email address we have on file for you.

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