We’re transforming the entire process of how patients find physical therapy in Virginia and book appointments. From letting you book appointments without a referral to providing physical therapy reviews for Virginia, at BetterPT we’re ensuring you have a stress-free experience finding the right PT for you. It’s all possible with the benefits of direct access for physical therapy, which lets you find and book appointments without a referral. This means no more tedious paperwork, no more back-and-forth with your provider about whether or not they take your insurance, and thanks to the additional features of our platform, no more stress in finding the right clinic for you. More and more patients are using BetterPT to find a physical therapist in Virginia that’s convenient for them. Additionally, more clinics are signing up to the platform and providing even more options for those in need of treatment. We are the one-stop shop when searching “physical therapy near me in Virginia”. Discover why patients and PTs alike are joining our platform and why we’re rapidly expanding across the country Simply enter in your location and insurance info below to find physical therapy in Virginia.
Virginia is one of 26 states that allow direct patient access to PT with some provisions. A physical therapist who has obtained a doctorate of physical therapy or a certificate of authorization pursuant to Section 54.1-3482.1 may evaluate and treat a patient with direct access for physical therapy in Virginia for no more than 30 consecutive days after an initial evaluation under the following conditions:
The patient is not receiving care from a licensed healthcare provider, a nurse practitioner acting in accordance with his or her practice agreement, or licensed physician assistant under supervision of a physician for the symptoms that prompted the patient to seek direct access physical therapy services in Virginia;
The patient identifies a licensed healthcare provider, a licensed nurse practitioner practicing in accordance with his or her practice agreement, or a licensed physician assistant under the supervision of a physician from whom the patient is currently receiving care;
The patient provides written consent for the physical therapist in Virginia to release all personal health information (PHI) and treatment records to the identified provider; and
The physical therapist notifies the specified provider within 14 days after the initial direct access physical treatment in Virginia and provides the provider with a copy of the initial evaluation along with a copy of the patient history.
The PT shall not treat the patient for more than 30 consecutive days after evaluation without the referral of a licensed healthcare provider, nurse practitioner (in accordance with his or her practice agreement), or physician assistant acting under a licensed physician.
The physical therapist may contact the identified provider at the end of the 30-day period to obtain authorization of additional direct access physical therapy services in Virginia until the patient can be seen by the provider.
A PT cannot perform an initial evaluation of the patient if the PT has performed an initial evaluation of the patient for the same condition within the past 60 days.
A physical therapist who has not obtained a doctorate of physical therapy or certificate of authorization pursuant to Section 54.1-3482.1 can conduct a one-time evaluation of a patient. However, the therapist cannot provide physical therapy treatment in Virginia without a referral.
The PT must immediately refer the patient to an appropriate provider if necessary.
Note that a PT can provide direct access to physical therapy in Virginia with no restrictions under the following circumstances:
To student athletes in a school setting;
For workplace ergonomics;
To special education students;
For wellness, fitness, and health screenings; and
For preventive services.
Invasive procedures within the scope of PT practice may only be performed under the referral or direction of an appropriate healthcare provider, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant under the direction of a licensed physician.
Direct Access lets you self-refer for physical therapy. No prescription required.
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