WHAT IS DIRECT ACCESS?
It means we can offer you 10 visits or up to 21 days without having a doctor's referral first.
We are excited to be able to offer Direct Access to our Physical Therapy services for our patients.
Michigan is the last of the 50 states to pass Direct Access for Physical Therapy. The law now allows our office to provide treatment without a prescription from a licensed physician for 21 days or 10 treatments, whichever occurs first. Although under Michigan law we are able to treat patients without a script from a physician, most insurance carriers are still requiring a signed plan of care from a physician to be able to bill your insurance.
What Does This Mean?
Our office will provide an evaluation and send a plan of care to your primary care physician or appropriate specialist. Your physician will then have the opportunity to review the information we provide to them after our evaluation. At that point they are able to approve the plan of care set by the therapist, make adjustments to the plan if needed, and/or request a follow-up with them prior to authorizing treatment.
We value the relationship we have with physicians and will keep them involved in your treatment decisions. If at any point we believe that your symptoms or conditions require services beyond the scope of our practice of Physical Therapy, we will refer you to the appropriate healthcare professional. If you are in need of assistance finding a primary care physician, we are able to help you locate an appropriate provider.
Why is a Signed Plan of Care Needed?
If your physician does not approve the treatment outlined by your Therapist, he/she may be unwilling to sign the plan of care. If your physician chooses not to sign the plan of care, you may be responsible for the costs of your treatment depending on the guidelines of your healthcare policy. In this case, our office will be able to help you make convenient payment arrangements for your treatment.
Our Patient Account Services Department can help you figure out if Direct Access is the right approach for your care.