Why Reyes/Reyes Physical Therapy
Reyes/Reyes Physical Therapy is an outpatient clinic that helps different individuals get the treatment they need for their condition. Since 2009, we have been providing exceptional physical therapy solutions for all types of injuries. We specialize in ensuring that all our patients receive personalized care delivered with compassion, encouragement, and understanding.
What is Direct Access to Physical Therapy?
This is your opportunity to be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without first seeing your physician for a prescription. If payment is approved by your insurance company, this is your chance to save time and money, thereby expediting your treatment, relief, and recovery.
What does patient access to physical therapists' services without referral mean and why is it needed?
Patient access to physical therapists' services without referral means the removal of the physician referral mandated by state law to access physical therapists' services. Thirty-eight states have granted consumers the freedom to seek physical therapy treatment without a referral. Currently, a referral is required by state law to initiate treatment by a licensed physical therapist in 12 states.
This referral mandate causes delays in the provision of services to individuals who would benefit from treatment by a physical therapist. Delays in care result in higher costs, decreased functional outcomes, and frustration to patients seeking treatment. Eliminating the referral mandate results in timely and more effective services.
Are physical therapists qualified to deliver services independent of referral?
Absolutely. Physical therapists are educated at the post-baccalaureate level. They receive extensive education and clinical training in the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention of patients/clients with functional limitations, impairments, and disabilities.
Qualification of Physical Therapists
Beginning January 1, 2002, all physical therapy programs will be required to be accredited at the master’s level. Physical therapists are qualified to recognize when a patient presents signs and symptoms inconsistent or outside the scope and expertise of the therapist. They can also evaluate when the patient should be referred to a physician. When the examination reveals signs and symptoms inconsistent with a condition, APTA’s Guide of Professional Conduct advocates that physical therapists must assist the patients.
Liability insurers and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy affirm that physical therapists' services provided without referral do not jeopardize the health, safety, or welfare of the clients seeking care and services without a referral.
Health Providers Service Organization (HPSO), the leading liability insurer of physical therapists in the United States, states in a March 22, 2001 letter "that direct access is not a risk factor that we specifically screen for in our program because it has not negatively impacted our claims experience in any way. In addition, we do not have a premium differential for physical therapists in direct access states."