You have the freedom to initiate physical therapy treatment without a physician referral!
Governor Brown signed a law on October 7, 2013, allowing you and your fellow Californians to directly access physical therapy treatment from licensed physical therapists WITHOUT A REFERRAL.
As of January 1, 2014 AB1000 amends California Business and Professions Code Section 2620 to allow patients to directly seek physical therapy services and receive immediate relief from pain and/or injuries without a physician referral for up to 45 calendar days or 12 visits. Whichever occurs first, the patient then must be seen by a physician who must sign a plan of care.
This will hopefully eliminate the often unnecessary office visits and co-pays to your physician’s office just to get a referral or diagnosis in order to alleviate your pain.
El Dorado Physical Therapy Inc. is excited that California has joined with the other Western states (Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) to allow direct access to physical therapy.
Please give our office a call if you have any questions or would like additional information.