Telehealth in Physical Therapy Policy Recommendations for Appropriate Regulation

Telehealth technology and applications are rapidly expanding. Telehealth technology often uses secure videoconferencing or ‘store and forward’ technology to allow interaction between the client and the healthcare provider. In some cases, such as when travel is difficult or there is no provider nearby, the use of the technology is preferable to a traditional (in-person) encounter. The provider, however, is responsible for making sure that the appropriate care can be delivered without in-person interaction.

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT or the Federation) is a membership organization whose mission is to protect the public by providing service and leadership that promote safe and competent physical therapy practice. Its membership comprises the 53 jurisdictional licensing boards in the United States.