COVID-19 Resources for Music Therapists and Students

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The AMTA Board of Directors recognize the impact that COVID-19 is having on the world, and more specifically, on professional music therapists, music therapy interns, music therapy students, the clients we serve, and as our ability to work.  With the World Health Organization’s recent declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, we now face unavoidable cancellation of conferences and our clinical practices with business disruptions occurring and the impact being felt by our regions, our members, and our students.  AMTA is working on your behalf, meeting regularly with the Board, with Regional Presidents, and with the newly formed COVID-19 Task Force to identify issues and concerns and establish supportive forums for music therapists.  Our national conference planners are offering regional conference planners their support, our COVID-19 Resources page on the AMTA website has blossomed and we are already working to consolidate information for ease of access. We are in uncharted waters; each day brings new information and challenges.  We hear you.  We stand together in this challenge and, as a group, we are stronger. Thanks for your time and be well. Take care of yourselves.

- The AMTA Board of Directors

Below, please find a list of curated resources and information that may be of help to you in the following areas. Links and information are shared below for your convenience and easy access but not necessarily generated, approved, or endorsed by AMTA. Check back often as this page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Please note that the list of resources below is not all inclusive, so we encourage members of our community to consult other sources like the United Way, YMCA, universities, and local faith-based communities.  Please continue to consult these resources and reach out in your local communities to ask questions and find more information about supports.

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COVID-19 Task Force

On Tuesday, March 18, 2020, the AMTA Board of Directors approved the creation of a Covid-19 (C-19) Task Force to coordinate and support regions, members, music therapists, and students during the healthcare emergency presented by Covid-19. The C-19 Task Force is chaired by Lori Gooding, AMTA President Elect, and includes individuals with a background in trauma informed care, disaster response, healthcare administration, and music therapy private practice. We recognize that both the situation and local, state, and federal responses are continually developing, so we will post information via AMTA social media platforms as regularly as possible. We also recognize that much support is needed, and we want to assure you that we are responding as quickly and effectively as possible. If you have questions, please reach out to Lori Gooding at lgooding@fsu.edu . Please copy Heather Wagner at heatherwagner.mtbc@gmail.com on all correspondence. Thank you for your patience and perseverance during our new normal--we are moving as quickly as possible to serve you. Please continue to check AMTA social media platforms for additional updates. 

Need to speak directly with an AMTA staff person or representative?

During the pandemic, in addition to email or calling the AMTA central line and leaving a voice mail, you may also schedule a virtual office hour appointment.*

Name

Topic areas

Office Hours

URL Link

Jane Creagan

General, Education/Training

Mon.-Wed.-Fri.

10-Noon ET

https://calendly.com/belse-amta_officehours/virtual-office-hours-janecreagan

Barb Else

Research, Journals, COVID-19 Task Force, Copyright

Thursdays

2-4pm ET

https://calendly.com/belse-amta_officehours/office-hours-amta-barbelse

Judy Simpson

State and Gov't. Relations, Reimbursement

Wednesdays

10-Noon ET

https://calendly.com/belse-amta_officehours/virtual-office-hrs-judysimpson

*First come, first served basis during each time block.

 


Service Provider Resources

COVID-19 and Seeing Clients Ethically - A message from the AMTA Board of Directors

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
US Department of Education (School Settings)
Additional Resources

 


Telehealth Considerations and Resources

The U.S. Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) defines telehealth as the "use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration" (HRSA, 2017).

HRSA (2017). Telemedicine and telehealth. Retrieved from: https://www.healthit.gov/topic/health-it-initiatives/telemedicine-and-telehealth

Telehealth is subject to all the standards of face-to-face music therapy practice including documentation and consent. Note, this is in contrast to remote music therapy informed supportive, informal leisure/social interactions, and adapted music lessons. Clearly, a fine line exists in some client contexts. Discretion and critical decision making will be needed to discern whether telehealth services are planned or needed for your individual clients. Payer specific agreement information regarding telehealth should be examined prior to providing telehealth services.  In addition, it is important to examine current laws and policies surrounding telehealth service delivery in your state, prior to providing telehealth services.

Considerations for telehealth music therapy services should include:

  • consent for telehealth MT
  • security (cyber) for the technology/platform selected
  • confidentiality (awareness of threats to confidentiality at each remote site)
  • understanding related state and/or facility policies or guidance on use of telehealth
Sample Consent Form Template
Additional Telehealth Information and Resources

Many telehealth online platforms exist which can be found with an online search.  Some to check out include, but are not limited to: Zoom (Note: as of 3/19 Zoom has removed their 30 minute maximum time limit for free accounts; this video may be of help for using Zoom with music), WebEx, GoToMeeting, FaceTime (Apple devices app), SimplePractice, TheraNest, and Doxy.Me. Keep in mind the features and security that are necessary to and impact your business such as cost, time limit, number of participants, ease of use, sound quality, lag time, HIPAA compliance, etc., keeping in mind that some of these factors may be impacted more by users' equipment and internet speed. AMTA does not review nor endorse any of these services and you should research them thoroughly for the best fit.

It is advisable to review your liability insurance coverage with your insurance provider if you are considering telehealth for your practice. For example, the Health Provider's Service Organization (HPSO) (providing liability insurance to many credentialed music therapists in the U.S.) notes "professional liability coverage, issued by HPSO, does not have a limitation as to how professional services are provided (in person or via technology)." However, you should be appropriately credentialed and in some states licensed to provide professional music therapy services. For persons covered under HPSO, their website includes updated information and FAQs regarding COVD19 and liability insurance. You must comply with state, federal and facility guidelines relative to scope of practice and practice setting. If you provide telehealth to clients to neighboring states, you should review and comply with all jurisdictions.

Place of Service Codes for Professional Claims

02---Telehealth: The location where health services and health related services or provided or received, through a telecommunication system.

CPT® Codes

CPT® (Current Procedural Terminology) is a listing of descriptive terms and identifying codes for reporting medical services and procedures performed by physicians and other qualified health care professionals. This coding system, developed by the American Medical Association (AMA), is utilized by insurance companies for reimbursement purposes.  Coding information can be found in the CPT® Professional Edition manual, which is updated each year, making it very important to check for any changes in codes used on a regular basis.  The manual is available for purchase through the AMA by calling: 1‑800‑621‑8335 or online at https://commerce.ama-assn.org/store/

(Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) 2020 Professional Edition)

For a complete listing of possible procedure codes to document music therapy services,
please visit, CPT Code - 2020 Information Sheet
Additional CPT® codes for possible use in Telehealth include:
Non-Face-to-Face Nonphysician Services
  • 98966 - Telephone assessment and management service provided by a qualified nonphysician health care professional to an established patient, parent, or guardian not originating from a related assessment and management service provided within the previous 7 days nor leading to an assessment and management service or procedure within the next 24 hours or soonest available appointment, 5-10 minutes of medical discussion.
  • 98967 - 11-20 minutes of medical discussion
  • 98968 - 21-30 minutes if medical discussion

Video Telehealth Treatment

  • G2061 - Qualified nonphysician health care professional online assessment, for an established patient, for up to 7 days, cumulative time during the 7 days, 5-10 minutes
  • G2062 – 11-20 minutes
  • G2063 – 21 or more minutes     

CPT® codes and descriptions are copyright 2019 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.

 


Financial and Business Owner Concerns

AMTA Government Relations Department Updates Regarding COVID-19

State Specific COVID-19 Resources

State and local government responses to COVID-19 are changing rapidly.  We are providing the links below to assist with your search for information.  Additional relevant information will be posted as it becomes available.

  • For the most up to date information about State and Local Government Responses to COVID-19, please find a link below to Stateside's Daily Report.  This report includes State Legislation and Executive Orders related to paid leave proposals, mandated business closures, appropriations for state responses to the outbreak and Executive actions such as the creation of task forces and declarations of emergency.
  • Advancing States has created a collection of COVID-19 resources and guidance produced by state health departments and agencies.  Click here for additional info.
  • Search Unemployment application information by state at the US Department of Labor – Career One Stop 
Federal Information

AMTA’s Government Relations Department continues to closely monitor updated information about COVID-19/Coronavirus, from local, state, and national officials. 

On March 6, President Trump signed an $8.3B emergency Coronavirus spending bill designed to provide relief to states already fighting to contain COVID-19. The bill will use grant funding as the method to distribute funds.  In addition to other provisions the bill includes:

  • $3B for vaccine research. 
  • $3.1B of funds designated for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to use at his discretion with $100M designated for use by Community Health Centers for direct care to underserved populations. 
  • $950 million for state and local public health response that's to be dispersed via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • $1.5B for international activities.

President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13th, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.  The declaration allows for the exercise of particular powers and authorities activated under both the National Emergencies Act (NEA) and the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.  The national emergency declaration allows the release of additional funding to use for further coordination of the Coronavirus response at the state and federal level.

AMTA will continue to monitor developments and post updates as appropriate.

Small Business Administration – Disaster Loan Information

March 16, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

The Small Business Administration (SBA), is frequently updating information about the availability of these loans.  

The Disaster Loan Assistance site is now active: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/  

The three-stage loan application process:

  1. Apply online
  2. Verification, documentation, credit review, and loan processing by the SBA
  3. Loan closed and funds disbursed. 

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

State and Local Government Response

The State and Local Government Responses to COVID-19 Report includes State Legislation and Executive Orders related to paid leave proposals, mandated business closures, appropriations for state responses to the outbreak and Executive actions such as the creation of task forces and declarations of emergency. Selected agency, regulatory and rulemaking actions are also being included as they are announced or emerge. This resource also identifies those legislatures that are suspending activities as a result of this crisis.

Additional Resources

A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis

Small Business Administration (SBA) (Business Resources)

US Department of Labor (Workforce)

AMTA Membership: Installments Payment Deadline Extended: click here for more information.

Music Therapy Business Owners Facebook Group Sharing ideas and resources for telehealth and work stoppages

Creative solutions and Motivation: Music Therapy Leaders Facebook group

A Mutual Aid form has been created by the Music Therapy community to support music therapy professionals and students affected by COVID-19.  If you need support or have resources to spare, please fill out the following form.

Defending Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams

 


Preparedness and Emergency Response

 


Infection Prevention and Control

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Resources
Department of Labor

COVID-19 Fact Sheets - from the American Public Health Association

Resources for Cleaning Instruments
Information for Travel

 


Education and CMTE or LCAT Credits

Note to Students and Professionals Seeking AMTA Scholarships:
  • 2020 Scholarship Deadlines Extended  The arrival of Covid-19 has presented unprecedented challenges for us all as we work together to remain as productive as possible. In light of the tremendous disruption at every level of our daily lives, AMTA will continue to monitor services and adjust where we can; effective 3/24/20 all remaining scholarship deadlines will be extended minimally by one month. If you are interested in applying for any remaining scholarships, please check this page periodically for any future adjustments and final deadline dates.
AMTA Resources for Teachers, Students, and Music Therapists:
Notice from the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT):
Additional Resources:

 


Music Therapy Faculty and Internship Directors

FAQs from the AMTA APAC and AIAC Committees
Distance Learning Considerations:
Resources from Oxford University Press:

E-books from Oxford University Press freely available through May 25 *Please note: Students must have/create an account using their institutional email address.:

Other OUP Digital Resources: Oxford’s Ancillary Resource Center, for all disciplines and courses: www.oup-arc.com (drop-down “Disciplines” at the top of the page to browse the title list). You do not need to have adopted an OUP text to use these resources. To view the full range of solutions, resources, training programs, and helpful tips, please visit and bookmark OUP's COVID-19 resource page.

Google Universal CASA has been enabled across the Oxford Academic platform as of 12th March. This extends the implementation of Universal CASA across all OUP journals. CASA, or Campus Activated Subscriber Access, enables Google Scholar users from subscribing institutions like universities and libraries to access their subscription content even when they are not on campus. Universal CASA extends this capability beyond Google Scholar to ensure a seamless access journey is possible wherever a user starts their research journey.  Implementation has been accelerated to allow easy access during this time of international crisis. COUNTER-5 Statistics: Users accessing content via CASA are counted as part of that institution’s usage and will be included in COUNTER-5 statistics. User Experience: Users will need to initially access content on their device while on campus to enable CASA to work remotely. However, if a user signs into their university or library network and uses Google Scholar, then comes back another day, off-network, and tries to access OUP content, CASA will enable that access.

 


Self-Care Resources

AMTA E-course Self Care for Music Therapists: Now FREE for members and non-members

Great Lakes Region music therapists: your region wants to know how YOU are doing! Fill out this Google form so they can help serve you during this time.

Maintain Mental and Emotional Stability During COVID-19

Mindfulness/guided meditation app (free through 2020, must have NPI number)

The Self-Care Institute: Get regular newsletter emails  or submit questions.

Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine: Integrative Strategies to Augment Public Health Measures

Free concerts and shows to stream online: