Direct access refers to the ability of patients to be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist without being referred by a doctor or other healthcare practitioner. If you feel you have a problem that may benefit from the skilled services of a physical therapist, you are NOW able to refer yourself to physical therapy for treatment. Sometimes direct access is called self-referral.
On September 1, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that eliminates the requirement for patients to obtain a doctor’s prescription prior to seeking treatment from a licensed physical therapist. As a result, Texas patients NOW have direct access to physical therapy treatment IMMEDIATELY.
Texas is the 49th state to allow patients to seek treatment from a physical therapist without a prescription or physician referral. Under the Texas law, a physical therapist must refer a patient to a health care professional if they do not demonstrate measurable or functional improvement after 10 business days.
Source One has 3 clinics across the DFW Metroplex and all will immediately be able to accept patients without a prescription. Our goal is to ensure that each of our patients receive the highest quality of care available, that they’re able to access that care quickly, and that it’s the care that’s right for them. Our patients are seen the SAME DAY or NEXT DAY after calling or filling out our online appointment request form. At your first appointment with a physical therapist, you’ll receive a personalized treatment plan based on your evaluation and will begin implementing the plan THAT DAY. If your condition is beyond what we can treat, we’ll immediately refer you to the appropriate physician or specialist.
WHAT ABOUT MY INSURANCE, WILL IT COVER MY DIRECT ACCESS VISITS?
Most insurances will reimburse for physical therapy services without a physician referral, although occasionally some do still require one. It depends on your insurance provider and coverage. Our billing team is more than happy to verify your benefits for you, feel free to give them a call at any time!