Getting Started with Telehealth

About the Course:
Telehealth is classic physical therapy or occupational therapy administered virtually through a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform, which is usually accessed through a device such as a smartphone or computer. Telehealth uniquely affords healthcare practitioners the ability to approach patients from a true biopsychosocial approach with a systematic consideration of the biological, psychological, and social factors. When providing telehealth services, therapists must also consider billing, payer contract agreements, state and federal practice guidelines, scope of practice, and HIPAA / personal health information (PHI). This course expounds on each of these considerations and teaches therapists how to set up and complete telehealth sessions for their practice, including how to evaluate patients remotely as well as how to monitor and treat patients remotely.

Course Objectives:
  1. Recognize what Telehealth for physical & occupational therapy is.
  2. Identify what type of patients are appropriate for Telehealth treatment.
  3. Identify all components of a remote Telehealth evaluation.
  4. Recognize how to treat PT patients virtually.
  5. Recognize when imaging or a referral to a physician is indicated.
  6. Recognize use of BPS model for telehealth.
  7. Select different types of Telehealth.
  8. Recognize different billing options for Telehealth.
  9. Recognize benefits of Telehealth.
  10. Recognize use of Pain Science Education for telehealth.
About the Instructor:
Pieter L. de Smidt, PT, DPT, MDT, MTC, has over 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. He has achieved certifications in McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Manual Therapy, and Sports Therapy. With his Post- Professional Doctorate in PT he specialized in management of musculoskeletal injuries of the spine & extremities. He passionate about combining hands-on treatment with pain science education. Pieter L. de Smidt practices in his own clinic, “Reset-Wellness Physical Therapy & Medical Fitness”, in Houston, TX. He uses an evidence-based, integrated approach of manual therapy & exercise. The main focus for his practice is to bridge the gap between rehab and fitness by improving patient’s lifestyle choices through education and to incorporate strength & conditioning principles into physical therapy treatments. Dr. Middleton earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences with an emphasis in manual physical therapy. He also holds a Master of Science in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Southern Illinois University. In addition to his academic degrees, he holds additional certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the National Strength & Conditioning Association, the International Kinesio Taping Association, and Graston Technique. Steve Middleton is certified in Fascial Movement Taping (FMT) and has become a foremost authority in the field integrating a variety of manual therapy techniques.

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