We here at Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy would like to take a moment to communicate with our patients during these troubling times of the COVID 19 crisis.
We have received numerous phone calls from patients wondering if our offices will be open to treat our patients and the precautions that we are taking at this time.
Being a healthcare provider, Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy falls into one of the sixteen “Critical Infrastructure Sectors” set up by the United States Government to help the people during times of natural disasters and national emergencies.
Not only are we NOT required to follow certain guidelines currently in place to limit the number of people gathering together to 10 or less, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) specifically says:
So that is exactly what we are doing. At this time we are continuing to provide our patients with the treatments that are crucial to their recovery from orthopedic surgeries, motor vehicle accidents, strokes, cardiac events, strength and balance issues, and chronic pain.
As far as precautions go, we are following the CDC guidelines and taking the following precautions:
Very recently, Medicare and Colorado Medicaid have approved “State of Emergency Changes to Telemedicine Services” allowing outpatient physical therapy visits to de done remotely through an interactive audiovisual connection such as Skype, WhatsApp, or a normal “video call” with a smartphone. This has just been approved within the last couple of days and we are currently researching their requirements and regulations to see if it is a feasible option for us. At this time it is only approved with Medicare and Medicaid however, it is our experience that most insurance companies follow Medicare’s guidelines and I anticipate other insurance providers will follow suit.
Sometimes it’s nice to have a little sense of normalcy during troubling times and as odd as it may seem, coming in for a physical therapy appointment may provide that for some of our patients. Ever since our inception, Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy has strived to make your recovery an enjoyable experience. We have always treated our employees and patients more like family and friends and we will continue to do so in the safest possible environment. Our goal is “Getting You Back on Your Feet” and we hope to see you all healthy, mind, body, and soul.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to give us a call.
All the staff of Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy