You Do Not Need A Referral To Start Physical Therapy!
Consider this scenario for a moment: you wake up with an achy back that is getting worse rather than better. When you call the doctor, you learn that you cannot be seen for another three days. That is three more days of suffering ahead of you. If only there was a way to get in to see someone to help you sooner!
Well, you are in luck because there is a way! Direct Access legislation in every state allows physical therapists to evaluate and treat patients without the need for a doctor’s referral. By removing the barriers of referrals, healthcare becomes more effective and efficient, allowing you to choose physical therapy first! You will feel better faster if you consult our physical therapist as soon as possible!
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 Synergy Physical Therapy in Bellevue, WA today if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment to be seen by a physical therapist!
Myths About Direct Access Laws
Many people think Direct Access just relates to outpatient physical therapy, but it also includes treatment in pediatric facilities, private home care, school systems, hospitals, and on the sports field. Direct Access is significantly more widespread than the general public realizes.
Another myth is that Direct Access is not available in every state. Direct Access is offered in some form in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Although Direct Access may have significant drawbacks, the groundwork has been built, and the laws will change in the future so you can get the care you need when you need it.
Insurance And Direct Access
Although insurance is always changing, Cigna, Premera, Regence, First Choice, Kaiser and many private health insurance companies are covered under Direct Access. A physician referral is required if you are covered under Medicare.
Studies about direct access In physical therapy have shown:
- 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.
All around, Direct Access is changing the landscape of healthcare. 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, call our clinic today to schedule an appointment with a Bellevue, WA physical therapist.