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What is Direct Access and Self-Referral?
Direct access and self-referral means that patients are able to refer themselves to a Physical Therapist without having to see a physician or other health professional.
Some key facts:
- Direct access and self-referral puts patients in control of their care
- Patients who refer themselves to physical therapy:
- are more proactive
- are more autonomous in making health decisions
- take less time off work
- return to work sooner
- are more likely complete a course of treatment
- are more interested in self-management
- more satisfied with their care
- Direct access and self-referral saves money through:
- reducing costs of seeing other health professionals (e.g. general practitioners/family physicians)
- less prescribing
- less investigations
- less secondary care
- reducing costs to society (e.g. through time off work)
- less administration costs
- Direct access and self-referral does not lead to increased demands for services if they are adequately resourced
- Direct access and self-referral is not just appropriate for musculoskeletal services but across other areas of physical therapy practice
- Most insurances will still cover physical therapy under direct access and self-referral
- Benefits/coverage will be verified prior to initial evaluation
- If your insurance plan does not pay for services under Direct Access you have two choices:
1. You can obtain a referral/prescription from your physician.
2. You can also choose to pay out-of-pocket if you prefer not to see a physician.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have a choice of my physical therapist?
As a Direct Access/self-referred patient, you will be evaluated by a licensed Physical Therapist who has practiced on a full-time basis in the United States for 3 years or more.
Are there any limitations on how many times I can be seen?
You can be treated by a licensed Physical Therapist without a referral/prescription for 10 visits OR 30 days, whichever comes first. If treatment will need to extend beyond these limitations, a prescription from your physician would be required.
What if I have additional questions or concerns about becoming a patient without a referral/prescription?
Call the location that is most convenient for you and our friendly staff will be able to answer any questions you may have about the process.