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DIRECT ACCESS Question&Answer

Q. What exactly does Direct Access mean? A. Direct Access means you may choose where you receive physical therapy and you can do so without a physician order. This can save you the extra expense of an office visit. Q. If I come to physical therapy Direct Access, does this mean my physician won’t be involved? A. The choice is yours! When you come Direct Access, you may ask us to include your family physician or any other provider that is involved in your care. We are happy to send regular updates to the provider of your choice. Q. How long can I attend therapy as a Direct Access patient? A. In July 2019, Indiana expanded Direct Access from 24 to 42 calendar days! Q. If I come to the end of the 42 days of Direct Access, will I have to discontinue therapy? A. No, with your permission, we will reach out to your family physician and update them on your progress. We will request an order to continue physical therapy at that time. Q. Will my insurance cover physical therapy if I come Direct Access? A. Yes, most insurance companies recognize Direct Access laws and cover physical therapy services without a physician order. Typically, when insurance coverage is verified, the

insurance company usually indicates if the insurance policy requires an order. If that is the case, we will work with the physician of your choice to obtain the order. Q. I have Medicare, may I come Direct Access? A. Yes, Medicare patients may come to physical therapy Direct Access. Once the physical therapy evaluation is complete, it will be sent to your physician. Medicare does not require a physician order but does require the physician signature on the physical therapy plan.

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