Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I need a doctors referral or prescription?
- A physician's order for physical therapy is
required if your visit is to be covered by insurance. Medicare
requires a signed doctors order every 30 days for physical
therapy services and this must be current for us to see you. The
30-day period is calculated from the date the doctor signed your
order. It is your responsibility to contact your doctor for a
current physical therapy prescription.
Legally, in Florida, you can see a physical therapist for 32
days with no doctors referral and payment would be private. The
fitness program is paid privately prior to the start of the
program and rates vary depending on how long you sign up for.
Special programs are also on a private basis.
Q. How do I pay for services?
- We accept a wide variety of
insurance plans and to find out the ones we are on it is best to
call our office or email us. Co-pays are due after each visit.
We ask that Medicare covered patients pay us the 20% balance of
the Medicare allowed amount unless the secondary insurance is an
automatic crossover or medigap policy. These are billed from
Medicare and pay us directly. Please check your insurance plan
information regarding plan limitations and coverage, as you are
ultimately responsible for the fees. We accept Visa, MasterCard
and Discover. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can.
Q. What if I am from another
- You can receive therapy as long
as your prescription is valid. In regard to insurance, check
your plan to see if we are in your network or if they pay out of
network a percentage.
Q. What are the current Medicare
rules for therapy?
- At this time, Medicare has no
cap on the dollar amount they will cover in a calendar year. In
the past they have. In the year 2002 this may change, so pay
attention to Medicare bulletins. You must have a valid
prescription and therapy must be indicated to receive treatment
by a physical therapist.
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Sarasota, FL 34239
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