“You have the ability to access a physical therapist of your choice without relying and waiting on the referral from a medical provider.”
In 2018, the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) and the professional members have fought hard to have direct access of physical therapy services. This exciting change in physical therapy will help trend health care in a positive direction and one that is focused on the consumer/patient.
The Bill has passed and the House and Senate in Illinois and the governor has signed it into law. This is a monumental victory for all patients and the profession of physical therapy in Illinois!
What does Illinois Direct Access in physical therapy mean for you?
Direct access is the culmination of many years of efforts to allow patients the ability to access a physical therapist of their choice without having a prescription from their doctor.
5 Ways Direct Access Helps You:
1. Freedom of Choice:
You have the ability to access a physical therapist of your choice without relying and waiting on the referral from a medical provider.
2. Cost Savings:
Eliminating unnecessary medical visits and/or testing.
3. Immediate Care:
Start the road to recovery up to 1-2 months sooner by allowing physical therapist, experts in musculoskeletal diagnosis and care, to get you on the right treatment path quicker.
4. Proactive Approach:
See a physical therapist for preventative services and not just after you are injured.
5. Continuity of Care:
The dialogue between the physical therapist and medical provider will still exist and is expected for proper continuity of care.
Illinois is one of the last of the 50 states to have a limited direct access bill requiring all patients to have a doctor’s referral to be treated by a physical therapist. The transition to an open and direct access to physical therapy will take time and lots of education to patients seeking PT, to medical providers, to insurance companies and to other medical professions. As with any law,
At Mettler Center
Our physical therapy staff will be up-to-date and compliant with the new law and use it to help all consumers/patients maximize their health and wellness efforts.