Direct Access

Did You Know That You Don’t Need A Referral To See A Physical Therapist?

Consider the following scenario: you wake up with a sore back that gets worse throughout the day versus feeling better. When you phone the doctor, you are told that you will have to wait another three days to be seen. You’ve got three more days of misery ahead of you. If only there was a way to see someone who could assist you sooner!

You’re in luck because there is a solution! Every state has passed legislation that authorizes physical therapists to evaluate and treat patients without the need for a referral from a doctor.

Healthcare becomes more effective and efficient when referral hurdles are removed, allowing you to prioritize physical therapy! If you see our physical therapist as soon as possible, you will feel much better!

Direct Access also saves you money and allows you to return to your routine sooner. Direct Access is all about making your own decisions without being bound by rules. It puts you in control of your medical care.

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of Direct Access, and be sure to contact Progressive Rehabilitation Associates in Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, Tiffin, Tipton, or Williamsburg, IA today if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment to be seen by a physical therapist!

Insurance And Direct Access

Blue Cross Blue Shield, and many private health insurance providers are covered under Direct Access, although insurance is continuously changing. Care is covered by Medicare as long as the physical, occupational, or speech therapist creates a plan of care for the patient. Keep in mind that the physical therapist must have the plan of care reviewed and signed off by a qualified doctor to begin treatment.

Direct Access to physical therapy has many benefits. Including but not limited to:

  • Patients reported a higher level of satisfaction when they received physical therapy through Direct Access versus physician referral.
  • Patients receiving physical therapy through direct access versus referral had better outcomes at discharge.

Myths About Direct Access Laws

Many people believe that Direct Access just refers to outpatient physical therapy, however, it also refers to treatment in pediatric facilities, private home care, school districts, hospitals, and on the sports field. Direct Access is far more common than the general public is aware of.

Another popular misconception is that Direct Access is not available in all states. In some form, Direct Access is available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Even though Direct Access continues to have some limitations, the foundation has been laid, and regulations will alter in the future to ensure that you receive the care you need when you want it.

Request An Appointment Today

Access to healthcare is changing as a result of Direct Access. If you or someone you love would like to learn more about Direct Access to physical therapy, or how physical therapy can combat chronic pain of any sort, schedule an appointment with a Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, Tiffin, Tipton, or Williamsburg, IA physical therapist.