What is the New York State Direct Access Law?
New York State allows Direct Access to Physical Therapy Treatments. It means that you are legally permitted to see a Physical Therapist for evaluation and treatment without a physician's referral (prescription). In New York, treatment can be rendered for up to 10 visits or 30 calendar days, whichever comes first. After that, you will need a prescription to continue therapy.
**Some insurance plans (such as no fault and workers compensation) still require you to have a doctor’s prescription up front in order to be paid for services, so please check with your insurance carrier as plans differ.
How does Complete Care Physical Therapy, PLLC handle Direct Access?
- Prior to your first appointment, we will encourage you to check with your insurance provider about reimbursement policies.
- At your initial evaluation, in accordance with state regulations, we will have you sign a written notification regarding direct access and reimbursement policies.
- At any time during evaluation and treatment, if we feel your condition is more involved or we are not seeing progress, we will refer you to an appropriate specialist.
- After 10 visits or 30 days (in NY), if further visits are needed, we will refer you to your health care provider for a physical therapy prescription.
What does this mean to me?
By law, you are no longer required to obtain a physician's referral prior to being treated by a PT. This means that you can be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist immediately, which results in better outcomes and reduced costs. It allows you to get the care you need in an expedited manner.
How do I know my PT is qualified to diagnose and treat my condition?
The physical therapists at Complete Care Physical Therapy, PLLC are licensed health care professionals who are educated at accredited physical therapy programs at approved universities. They are qualified to examine, evaluate, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate patients with functional limitations, impairments, or disabilities. Physical therapists receive extensive education, clinical training, and continuing education.
All of the therapists at Complete Care Physical Therapy, PLLC have extensive hands on training in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach.