Direct Access is your Friend with Caveats

How Direct Access helps people recover from injury faster

In 2013 Governor Brown signed a law giving Californians access to physical therapy without a referral from their physician. The law was designed to help people find relief from pain or injury without having to jump through hoops to begin healing. Direct Access aims at streamlining the recovery process, but like many things in Healthcare, there are some gray areas.

1. 12 Visits*

Yes, you get twelve visits, but the caveat is only if you do them within 45 days. Direct Access gives you exactly that – Direct Access to a physical therapist. The caveat was designed so that your physician is still involved at some point. If you need treatment beyond the 12 visits (or after 45 days, whichever comes first), you must see your physician. This is so they are involved in your plan of care. We like to view this requirement as a holistic care approach.

2. You don’t need a referral*

Well, in most cases you won’t need a referral, and if your insurance company is compliant with California State laws, then you shouldn’t need a referral for Direct Access. But, if your insurance company is out of state or has any gray areas in the bylaws then you may be required to get a referral from your physician.

Think of this one as you probably won’t need a referral.

3. Continuing Care*

So, you walked into Performance Physical Therapy and met the team. You drank coffee while in the waiting room, got to know the staff, and found yourself enjoying the time you spent there so much that you forgot, momentarily, that you were even injured. You see noticeable improvement, but maybe you want to continue building your strength. After 12 visits or beyond the 45 days, it’s time for the holistic care we discussed earlier. After 12 visits or 45 days, your doctor will be involved in your care. If you don’t have a physician you see routinely, keep in mind you can see a physician at your local Urgent Care.

Direct Access has given people in our community the power they need to get care quickly, which is a huge benefit to the healing process. And, just like a good friend, healthcare caveats will pop into your life when you least expect them. The real problem is that most folks don’t know about Direct Access. So when the time is right, do your friends and family a solid favor by sharing the knowledge!

In need of physical therapy rehabilitation in the greater Sacramento region? Call us today to begin your physical therapy!

Performance Physical Therapy is the Sacramento region’s favorite Physical Therapy team. With physical therapy appointments available within 24 hours, you can book your Physical TherapyAquatic TherapyHand Therapy, and Vestibular Rehabilitation appointment and begin treatment quickly. Additionally, we proudly serve in four locations: Folsom, Roseville, Rancho Cordova and J street In East Sacramento. Let us help you live your most mobile life and get you back to doing the activities you love!

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