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President's Message

Posted: 3.27.20

As you turn on your TV, engage on social media, and monitor the COVID 19 pandemic, the Section supports your attention to the science of this health crisis.  I struggle at times to sort through the volume of information coming at me, and to decide what is fact . . . and what is speculation or anecdotal.  In that spirit, the Home Health Section will keep our website and electronic media materials focused on resources that we hope can provide you useful information in your daily work and home life.  This is a critical time for us, as individuals and health professionals, to identify what is the right thing to do, and how to safely carry out that function.

With that in mind, I would like to let you know that the Section is collaborating with other specialty components representing acute care and cardiopulmonary therapists, to name a few, to develop therapy-specific resources and education.  We are also working closely with those providing care (actual “ boots on the ground” if you will) in COVID 19 areas that include New York/NYC, California, Florida and Washington State, to develop guidance and recommendations for you, as a health care professional going into the community to provide care to patients.  These will be rolled out within the next 4-6 weeks, and information will be continually updated on the Section website (www.homehealthsection.org) and through the e-Housecalls platform.

Home health care clinicians are some of the most resourceful and creative of our profession!  And to that end, we hope that this repository of material can serve as a springboard to assist you in daily decisioning.  We also wish each and every one of you the best as we tackle not only the spread of this disease, but the anticipated post-hospitalization surge of care that will will be required  of the home health community to ensure that many individuals are able to recover and return to their lives. 

Be vigilant.  Be prepared.  Stay informed.
 
Sincerely, 

Dee Kornetti
President
APTA Home Health Section 
 

HHS Community Forum Emails

The Home Health Section's Community Forum provides an area for members to engage in conversation. Because of the current crisis, there has been quite a few messages coming into members' email boxes, allowing members to share information in real time. While many are appreciative of these conversations, we realize some would prefer not to receive these email notices every time a new topic is posted or replied to. 

If you would like to limit or unsubscribe to these notifications, please follow these instructions. 

After logging in, click on "My Profile":

Then, click on "My Profile" again, and choose "Contact Preferences":

Your contact preference list will appear as below. The green "On" button can be toggled to "Off", and under "Forum Subscriptions", you may choose which types of email notifications you would like to receive, i.e., none, new topics, new topics and replies. 

 Any changes you make will automatically be saved.

If you have questions, please contact the association office at [email protected].

 

Home Health Section Provides Resources on COVID-19

The APTA Home Health Section has started a running list of resources related to COVID-19 on our website. This page is updated daily, so please check back frequently for the latest information. 

 

 

CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Home Health Agencies (HHAs)

CMS is committed to protecting American patients and residents by ensuring health care facilities have up-to-date information to adequately respond to COVID-19 concerns. Home Health Guidance and Actions - CMS regulations and guidance support Home Health Agencies taking appropriate action to address potential and confirmed COVID cases and mitigate transmission including screening, treatment, and transfer to higher level care (when appropriate). This guidance applies to both Medicare and Medicaid providers.

Click here to view the full article. 

 

APTA/AOTA/ASHA Release Consensus Statement

APTA/AOTA/ASHA have released a consensus statement on Clinical Judgment in Health Care Settings

View the statement here!
 
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