Direct Access

Direct access means that you are able to receive physical therapy care without a referral.

In California, 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. There are a number of benefits for patients having direct access to physical therapy.

Having direct access to physical therapy allows you to expedite treatment, saving you time and money. It also reduces or eliminates delays in receiving care, reducing the risks that come with prolonging treatment for your condition.

The Law on Direct Access:

As of January 1, 2014, California law under AB1000 allows licensed physical therapists to provide direct physical therapy evaluation and treatment services for a period of up to 45 calendar days or 12 visits, whichever occurs firs. After that time, a PT may continue providing you with PT treatment services only after receiving a dated signature on the physical therapist’s plan of care indicating approval and that an in-person patient examination and evaluation was conducted by qualifying doctor. Those who can approve PT services are from a person holding a physician and/or surgeon’s certificate issued by the Medical Board of California, or by the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, or from a person holding a certificate to practice podiatric medicine from the California Board of Podiatric Medicine and acting within his or her scope of practice.