Direct Access

Florida is one of 28 states that allow direct patient access to PT with some provisions. With Florida Direct Access, a Florida physical therapist can implement a treatment plan for 30 days regardless of your injury.

What is Direct Access?

Direct access means that the physician referral mandated by state law to access a physical therapist for evaluation and treatment has been lifted. Delays in care result in higher costs, decreased functional outcomes, and frustration to patients seeking physical therapy treatment. Eliminating the referral requirement makes health care more accessible to more people, which results in timely, more effective care.

What are the benefits of Direct Access?

Direct Access to Florida Physical Therapists provides many benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Direct access in Florida allows you quick access to physical therapy without having to go through your doctor first, often saving time and money.
  • Having direct access to Florida physical therapists can also help save health-care dollars, because patients can get care more quickly and are less likely to require medical imaging.
  • Licensed Florida physical therapists have extensive training in evaluating and treating musculoskeletal injuries or conditions. Your therapist will evaluate you and provide referrals to specialists, if needed.
  • Direct access in Florida allows physical therapists to accept out-of-state doctors' prescriptions, which can help with continuity of care for traveling patients.
  • Most insurance companies pay for direct access services, but they vary in the number of visits they cover. We can help you determine your insurance coverage for direct access physical therapy services.

Are there any restrictions or limitations for Direct Access in Florida?

Our practice must refer you to your physician if:

  • If the patient’s condition falls outside of the physical therapy scope of practice, the physical therapist must refer the patient to, or consult with, a qualified healthcare practitioner.
  • If the physical therapy care plan exceeds 30 days, and a physician has not assessed the condition, then the physical therapist must have a practitioner of record review and sign the plan. However, this doesn’t apply if the patient has been examined by a physician in a different state and diagnosed by the physician as having a condition for which PT is required and if the physical therapist is treating that specific condition.
  • Physical therapists may not implement a treatment plan for patients in an acute care setting such as a hospital, ambulatory surgical center, or mobile surgical facility.

For more information on Florida Direct Access, click here.

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