Telehealth for Physical and Occupational Therapy, 2nd Edition

About the Course       
The COVID-19 pandemic demands that health care providers rethink how they deliver care in ways that reduce the risk of further spreading infection. The use of telehealth is one approach that can help keep both patients and providers safe.

Telehealth for Physical and Occupational Therapy is administered virtually, through a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform. This platform is usually accessed through a device such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Telehealth affords us the unique ability to approach patients from a true biopsychosocial approach, encompassing a systematic consideration of the biological, psychological, and social factors and their complex interactions in understanding health, illness, and health care delivery.
Regardless of the payer or policy, occupational therapy and physical therapy practitioners must ensure that when providing telehealth services or billing for them, they are practicing legally and ethically and are adhering to state and federal practice guidelines and payer contract agreements. Practitioners will need to review and understand their state's practice act regarding the delivery of physical or occupational therapy services via telehealth.
This basic, introductory course will teach practitioners how to set up and complete telehealth sessions for a physical or occupational therapy practice, primarily focusing on how to evaluate, monitor, and treat patients remotely.

Learning Outcomes
  • Outline the purpose and benefits of telehealth for physical and occupational therapy.
  • Identify what types of patients are appropriate for telehealth.
  • Identify multiple barriers to implementing telehealth services.
  • Outline considerations for performing an appropriate remote telehealth evaluation. 
  • Identify various materials to ensure a successful telehealth session
  • Relate the biopsychosocial (BPS) model and how it impacts both evaluation and patient follow-through for telehealth services.
  • Explain when imaging or a referral to a physician is indicated

About the Author
Dr. Bernadette Schmeltz, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, BCTS, DRS received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh in 2000 and Doctor of Occupational Therapy at Chatham University in 2019.  She is currently an Assistant Professor and former Doctoral Capstone Coordinator at Slippery Rock University.  She has over 20 years of clinical experience working in diverse settings such as acute care, home health, outpatient pediatrics and adults, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and cyberschool through a virtual setting.  She is a Board Certified Telepractice Specialist (BCTS), a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, and also holds certifications in Handwriting Without Tears Level 1 handwriting, Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, and administering the Sensory Processing Measure.  She has presented at both the state and national level on her capstone project related to improving evidence-based practice utilizing an online journal club. She recently published an article in OT Practice on the entry-level OTD doctoral capstone.

How to Receive Credit  
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 1 hour commitment of time. 
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75% is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest* 
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 

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Accreditations and Approvals
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development (Provider #9118). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition. Florida Board of Occupational Therapy – (Provider #50-4007); Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy; Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy; Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy; Louisiana State Board Of Medical Examiners; South Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy; and Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy.