Direct Access for Physical Therapy in New York - 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.
New York's Direct Access Laws for Physical Therapy
New York allows direct patient access to a physical therapist with some provisions. A physical therapist can treat direct access patients when:
A licensed PT treats a patient for no more than ten visits or 30 days, whichever comes first.
The licensed PT has three or more years of experience and is at least 21 years old.
The PT provides the patient with a written notice at the beginning of treatment stating that the patient's health plan or insurer might not cover the services without a referral. The PT must keep a copy of this written notice in the patient's file, and the notice must contain all of the following:
Start date of the patient's treatment
Name and address of the patient
The patient's signature and date of signature, validating that they read and understand the notice
The PT's name, address, signature, and date of signature
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 New York
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.