New York State Direct Access
Direct access to physical therapy is your opportunity to be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without first seeing your physician for a prescription. Nobody is more qualified to evaluate and rehabilitate your musculoskeletal or neurological conditions than a physical therapist. Under New York State law, you are allowed to be seen by a physical therapist for 10 visits or 30 days, whichever comes first, before having to see your doctor.
With patient safety in mind, you will always be referred to the appropriate physician if the therapist believes there is a more serious pathology present.
Currently, only patients with Medicare, Oxford and Empire New York State Insurances still require prescriptions. HIP insurance still requires an electronic "referral" from your primary doctor's receptionist. A quick phone call to your physician's staff will usually take care of this.