Fernando Soutullo PT now accepts patients without a physician referral! Get the relief and recovery you need NOW – without a physician prescription.
In Florida, patients are able to be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without first obtaining a physician’s referral under legislation called Direct Access. This immediate access to therapeutic care leads to a much higher rate of success in a timely manner for the individuals seeking services.
The Skinny on the LAW
Important Legislative Update for the Physical Therapy Profession During the 2016 Legislative Session, SB 450 passed, which affects several components within the physical therapy profession and became effective March 23, 2016. Not knowing the requirements or grounds for discipline within your profession does not alleviate you from accountability of practicing your profession responsibly. Therefore, please read the information below carefully as it pertains to your physical therapy license. With the implementation of SB 450, physical therapists may now provide treatment to a patient for up to 30 days for a condition not previously assessed by a practitioner of record, or a physician licensed in another state. The previous maximum was 21 days. If the treatment extends beyond 30 days, a practitioner of record must review and sign the treatment plan unless the patient has been examined by a physician licensed in another state and the patient has been diagnosed as having a condition for which physical therapy is required and the physical therapist is treating that condition. The bill also authorizes any person who holds a physical therapy license and a degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy, to use the letters “D.P.T.” and “P.T.” However, a physical therapist may not use the title “doctor” without also clearly informing the public of his or her profession as a physical therapist. It is unlawful for a person to use the letters “D.P.T.” unless the person has a physical therapy license as well as a doctoral degree in physical therapy.Benefits to you:
Direct Access benefits our patients in that it allows you to expedite treatment, saving time and money. Eliminate delays that can result in decreased functional outcomes and frustration Allows for earlier return to work and an earlier return to daily activities Reduces the need for long-term care by providing early intervention Studies show that immediate care for most injuries can reduce the healing time We can refer you to a licensed MD, DPM, or other medical professional for conditions/symptoms outside our scope of practice
We will be happy to contact your insurance provider to determine your benefits in terms of direct access coverage. In many cases with direct access, insurance companies are now reimbursing because they realize that it costs less when you, our patient, have the choice to access physical therapy without delay. Our physical therapists will work with you to establish a plan of care that will accomplish your goals and maintain efficiency of treatment.