Has your back been sore for a while now? Are you dealing with a recurring sprain from all that running you’ve been doing? If you don’t really want to deal with seeing your physician, and you’re not sure where to turn, consider giving physical therapy a try.
Now that Direct Access is in full effect, you can visit a physical therapist without a referral from your doctor. And, what’s even better, is that if you’re a customer of Priority Health, they’ll cover your treatments!
Priority Health has become the first local insurance provider to reimburse physical therapy services without a prior referral from a physician, as announced here. This news comes just 5 weeks after the Direct Consumer Access Bill went in to effect, which allowed residents of Michigan to seek physical therapy treatment without a referral. Despite the fact that the state law had changed, most insurance companies were not on board, until now. If you’re not a Priority Health customer, call your insurance company directly and tell them you want physical therapy treatments covered directly – the movement can start with you!
Corey treats a patient who has suffered a knee injury.
What does this mean for you?
There’s a shift towards empowering people to take their health into their own hands and to be more involved in the decisions that are being made. People that suffer from constant back or neck pain, have had a recent sports injury, or are looking for an alternative approach to healthcare can now come directly to a physical therapist – we’ve been advocating for and working towards this for decades – it really is an exciting shift in Michigan healthcare. And, its important to remember, just like you can choose your doctor or your dentist, you can also choose your physical therapy provider, regardless of your insurance provider.
When the Direct Access bill went into effect on January 1, 2015, Priority Health chose to continue to require a prescription before they would pay for physical therapy visits. However, after careful consideration, they have decided to follow state law for their commercial insurance products and physical therapy visits will be covered, with or without a prior referral from a physician.
Terri shows Amanda the proper way to stretch and flex her back and shoulder muscles.
This is a huge leap forward for Michigan consumers and healthcare in general, as the Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) has been working on the Direct Access plan for 34 years.
If you have any questions on Direct Access, visit our FAQ page, or check out our segment on eightWest. If you are experiencing pain in your back, neck, shoulders, or elsewhere; have suffered a recent injury; or have questions in general about your health, feel free to stop by and set up an appointment with one of our therapists, or give us a call – we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.