April 2, 2020: As a lead telehealth physical therapist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Christi Crawford is working hard to meet the physical therapy needs of veterans who live in rural areas. The VA offers a growing number of video-to-home personalized care and other remote services to reduce the need for patients to travel long distances for in-office care.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, interest in telehealth services is changing the way patients see their health care providers. Christi discusses the benefits of telehealth for veterans, their caregivers, and health care providers.
She also talks about how the VA is serving veterans who live in rural areas through video, talks about telehealth as a whole, and shares her hopes for expanding its use everywhere.
What makes a person a good candidate for telehealth? What technology is needed? What services work well through remote visits? How can patients and caregivers make the most of their experience?
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Christi answers those questions and many others. She also shares her hope for increasing access to telehealth services for any patient who can benefit from it.
Listen to our conversation. Then add your voice to those calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to waive restrictions on the use of telehealth physical therapy for people covered under Medicare and Medicaid during COVID-19 using this template letter.
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Christina Crawford, PT, DPT, board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy, received a doctor of physical therapy degree at A.T. Still University. Christi uses video services to work with her patients wherever they are, to increase their access to care, and to allow older adults to live and function at their best. She also trains other VA staff and is working to develop new ideas for expanding telehealth and make the process even better. She also looks for opportunities to work together with other members of her patients’ health care teams using telehealth technology.