Direct Access/Choose a PT

Direct Access to Physical Therapy is Here! Excel Physical Therapy are Individual Physical Therapist that are able to perform rehabilitation therapy directly to patients without a doctors referral.

On January 1, 2014, a new California law was enacted which allows California consumers direct access to physical therapists (individual physical therapist). Direct Access is your ability to be evaluated and treated by a licensed Physical Therapist without first seeing your physician for a referral.

There are a number of benefits that come from Direct Access.

  • This will give you much quicker access the treatment you deserve.
  • While each patient case is different, clinical research shows that Direct Access should save you money.
  • Physical therapy visits last about 60 minutes so your condition is thoroughly evaluated.
  • Seeing a physical therapist first, in many cases, will result in fewer overall treatment sessions.
  • Some form of direct access is legal in 48 states including all of California’s surrounding states. The recent change in California law now allows California citizens the same choices for their care as consumers in others states.
Beginning a Physical Therapy Program
  • First, call the number on the back of your health insurance card to verify if Physical Therapy (PT) is a covered benefit. Ask the agent how much PT is covered, and what your financial responsibility would be. It is not required by law to have a referral from your doctor to attend Physical Therapy, but some insurance companies still require one for PT to be a covered benefit.
  • There are some limits with Direct Access to Physical Therapy with this new legislation.
  • Patients must be referred to a licensed health care provider for a diagnosis if the Physical Therapy care will exceed 45 days or 12 visits, whichever comes first.
  • We value the relationship we have with our patients, and their physicians. We will continue to foster this relationship by notifying a patient’s physician of our evaluation findings and providing updates on the care plan as needed.
  • We continue to strive to provide you and your family the best healthcare possible.
  • Print out the Referral Form and ask your MD to sign the referral.
  • Call today and schedule your Initial Evaluation.

Please call if you have questions, need care or know someone we can help.