Returning to Work
Several states have already begun to allow businesses to open and gatherings to take place. Returning to work during the “new normal” will involve you making decisions to protect yourself and your clients and students. As we get more information, we will add to this page, so check back often.
Resources and Caveats
We have found that the guidelines offered by ABMP (Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals) are incredibly thorough and much is relevant to anyone who is seeing clients for FI. Please use this link as a resource.
However, before you consider re-opening your practice, please read this very important open letter. It was also intended for the Massage Community, but is very relevant to our situation. Only you can decide what is right for you.
Information on your Liability and HPSO
1. The professional liability coverage we receive as a benefit through the AMTA only covers you as a person providing the service, it does not cover your business!! If you have registered your business with the State, you need to protect that entity (your business) in case of any legal action against you (lawsuits). In lawsuits regarding business services, the claim is usually made against the person AND the business. If your business is sued as well, your HPSO professional liability Insurance, which only covers you as a person, is not valid. You will not have insurance coverage against expenses, costs, etc. in the case of a suit against your business. Therefore, the agent highly recommended that we consider having additional business insurance
2. Our insurance coverage does not cover pandemics. There is no general insurance policy or liability policy in existence that covers pandemics. So this is not Feldenkrais Method specific, this is something that will be relating to everyone. It’s not that you can’t practice, the insurance agent in the interview said “you can practice, you just have to be diligent in adopting new procedures, and protocols, putting them in writing and then doing them".
It is suggested that we document everything on a daily basis, especially in regards to cleaning and disinfection not only in your treatment room but throughout the entire facility. Have a procedures and protocols notebook on hand for clients to view and read. All this will help if you do need to defend yourself in the case of a lawsuit. You'll have everything organized and in writing about what you do and have done for every treatment, in terms of hygiene, safety and preventative measures.
It is highly suggested to create a specific Covid related release form, that the client signs stating they have had no symptoms and haven’t been exposed etc.and that you as the practitioner also signs and dates. Clients must understand the risk of receiving FI during a pandemic, and they are releasing you of all responsibility and liability.These need to be used for each and every session. Every time they come in, not just once in the beginning.
Guidelines for creating your own form are at the ABMP site here. Any liability release relating to Covid, should be reviewed by an attorney.
If you have questions about your coverage, or how to obtain more, the HPSO customer service number for Guild Members is 866-461-1227.
Before resuming ATM classes, make sure you know your state’s mandate for gatherings of people. Think about what protocols you will want your students to observe (masks, hand sanitizer, own towels, wiping door knobs, limits on numbers of students, etc.) Let them know in advance what to expect. Err on the side of caution.
FGNA provides information from many sources. It is the personal and professional responsibility for each individual practitioner and trainee to make decisions with their own situation to consider.