Skip the Doctor’s Office – No referral needed via ‘Direct Access’ for Physical Therapy

By Western Berks Physical Therapy on July 17th, 2020

No referral needed via ‘Direct Access’

Getting to physical therapy at the first onset of pain is one of the key factors in achieving a positive, long lasting outcome. Delays of any kind in receiving physical therapy result in higher healthcare costs, decreased functional outcomes, and frustration to patients seeking relief. Adding in the fact that there is a current pandemic going on, going into a doctor’s office to get a referral can be a scary thought. That anxiety may even be the exact reason you stopped pursuing a physical therapy referral in the past. When access to quality healthcare services is limited by arbitrary insurance rules, your pain or injury can go untreated and your quality of life begins to decrease.

There’s a silver lining to this tale and it’s called Direct Access. When the fear of visiting your doctor’s office is too overwhelming, or when the pain is too much to handle and you need relief now, we are here and able to treat you without a referral from your doctor.

Direct Access is a state endorsed practice that allows patients to directly seek the services of a physical therapist, without receiving a referral from their doctor. This process saves healthcare dollars and limits Coronavirus exposure by eliminating unnecessary doctor’s visits, additional tests or other specialist referrals.

Many conditions can be successfully evaluated and treated with no expensive diagnostic testing. Visiting your physical therapist directly allows you to start on treatment right away with very little risk of further injury. In fact, Direct Access PT has been shown to reduce costs without reducing the effectiveness of treatment. A study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy showed that patients who obtained physical therapy via direct access had significantly lower medical costs—an average of $1,543 less per patient—than those who chose referral from a physician. They also had significantly fewer visits and spent significantly fewer days in care. Physical therapy truly is a low cost, value packed healthcare service.

Direct Access to physical therapy is authorized by several insurance companies. If your insurance is listed below, you can attend physical therapy without a referral from your doctor. To schedule your evaluation via Direct Access, call us today at 610-589-2263 or schedule your appointment online by clicking here.

  • Aetna
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Health America/Health Assurance
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Medicare

*Direct Access is not available for pelvic floor diagnoses. If you have a pelvic floor condition, call our office and we will assist you in requesting a referral to our Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Program.