Direct Access for Physical Therapy in Florida - How Does It Work?
Thanks to Direct Access legislation, physical therapy patients can now get evaluations and treatments directly from a licensed physical therapist (PT) without first obtaining a doctor's prescription or referral. It essentially means anyone can visit a physical therapist whenever they want.
Florida is one of 28 states that allow direct patient access to PT with only a few provisions. Florida's provisions include the following:
The patient's symptoms or condition must be within the scope of the physical therapist's care. If not, the PT must refer the patient to an appropriate physician.
If the physical therapy care plan exceeds 30 days, and a physician has not assessed the condition, then the PT must have a practitioner of record (meaning a practitioner that has a license in Florida) review and sign the plan. However, this provision doesn't apply if all the following criteria are met:
A physician has examined the patient in a different state.
That physician diagnosed the patient with a condition for which PT is required.
The physical therapist is treating that specific condition.
Physical therapists may not provide treatment plans for patients in an acute care setting, including hospitals, ambulatory facilities, surgical centers, and mobile surgical facilities.
Benefits of Direct Access Physical Therapy
There are several reasons why it's beneficial for patients to have direct access to a PT. One is that they get more control over their care. Physical therapy is the obvious choice for conditions like lower back pain, knee pain, tennis elbow, sciatica, and other PT conditions. Direct access gives patients an option and lets them personally decide on their course of treatment. It's also less costly for patients since they can avoid paying for a doctor's visit (and pricey diagnostic tests) to get a referral. Moreover, patients don't have to wait to get the help they need. They can schedule a visit with a licensed physical therapist immediately, often reducing healing time. But even with direct access to physical therapy, it's understandable that many patients wish to have their physicians included in their course of care. At Luna, our physical therapists are happy to be a part of their patient's medical team and regularly communicate with their client's physicians to keep them aware of progress.
How to Obtain Physical Therapy in Florida
Like many busy Americans, you'd likely prefer the convenience and privacy of in-home physical therapy. Luna is the top-ranking in-home physical therapy service. It provides state-of-the-art, immediate care to patients in need. In addition, Luna's easy-to-use platform makes the process effortless. Schedule an appointment, get matched with a top-notch licensed physical therapist, and receive high-quality care in your home, gym, or office at a time that works best for you.
Today, thanks to direct access, you have two ways to receive PT care: through physician referral or by contacting a physical therapist directly. No matter which method you choose, try Luna's in-home physical therapy. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain -- and you and your physician will love the excellent care you receive.