Direct Access is an exclusive benefit to physical therapy treatment that grants you the freedom to choose a Physical Therapist that best fits your needs and meets your standards.
Direct Access covers two main components pertaining to your physical therapy treatment; choice of physical therapy provider and choice of treatment without a physician’s referral.
Choice of Physical Therapy Provider: Direct Access gives you the freedom to choose your PT provider. If your Primary Care Doctor or Specialist tells you that you need physical therapy, you have the right to choose which Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy practice you would like to treat you. Although your Doctor may refer you to a particular Physical Therapy practice, you can decline their suggestion, and pick the right Physical Therapy practice for your needs.
Choice to Seek Treatment Without a Referral: Direct Access gives you the freedom to seek physical therapy treatment without a Physicians referral. Meaning, if you feel achy with the onset of the cold winter months or you just can’t stand that nagging neck pain any longer, you can make an appointment with your local Physical Therapy practice, without going to see your Primary Care Physician first. Your Physical Therapist can also refer you to your Primary Care Physician or a Specialist if they think you need their expertise or to order further tests to help diagnose and treat your condition.
It’s your healthcare, so you should have the right to choose the best options for you and with Direct Access, that is possible!
Ready to utilize Direct Access? Please note that most insurances cover both components of the Direct Access benefit. Let us help you take the guess work out of your direct access benefit coverage. Ask your clinic office manager to check for you. We are here to help!