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43 South Main Street

Montgomery, PA  17752

(570) 547-0480

fax (570) 547-0498

direct access to physical therapy

Pennsylvania law permits physical therapists to provide clients with treatment for up to 30 calendar days without a prescription from a physician.  After 30 calendar days, any self-referred client who requires continued treatment must have physician authorization to continue treatment.  For this reason, and reasons related to quality and continuity of care, we encourage self-referred clients to authorize communication between their physical therapist(s) and their primary care physician and/or specialist(s).

While many insurance companies honor direct access claims, clients should be aware that not all insurance companies will honor or pay for Direct Access claims.   The following insurance companies have, in the past, honored treatment performed without a physician's prescription for physical therapy; this list is subject to change without notice:

  • Highmark
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna PPO
  • Health America / Health Assurance
  • Erie Insurance
  • State Farm Auto
  • Various workers' compensation

Please contact our office to find out if your insurance company requires a prescription for physical therapy, or if they honor Direct Access treatment.

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