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Questions about physical therapy?

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Physical Therapists are experts in movement and function, so they do not confine their talents to only treating people who are ill. A large part of a Physical Therapist’s program is directed at preventing injury, loss of movement, and even surgery. 物理治疗师在工业环境中担任顾问,以改善工作场所的设计,并减少工人过度使用某些肌肉或出现腰痛的风险. 他们还为各级运动员提供服务,以筛查潜在的问题,并制定预防性锻炼计划.

物理治疗的基础是治疗性运动和功能训练. In addition to “hands-on” care, 物理治疗师也教育病人自己照顾自己,并自己进行某些锻炼. Depending on the particular needs of a patient, Physical Therapists may also “mobilize” a joint (that is, 在你的运动范围结束时做一些特定类型的运动)或按摩肌肉以促进正常的运动和功能. 物理治疗师也使用诸如超声波(利用高频波产生热量)之类的方法。, hot packs, and ice.

Most forms of Physical Therapy treatment are covered by insurance, but the coverage will vary with each plan. 大多数州在法律上并没有要求病人在看物理治疗师之前先看医生(直接访问). 大多数时候,你所要做的就是询问你的医生物理治疗是否适合你.

Reference: APTA

More than half of all Americans are suffering from pain. Whether it is acute pain or chronic pain, 大量证据表明,疼痛在美国是一个普遍存在的问题,通常会导致员工请病假, and can be a precursor to opioid use and dependency. However, 许多人甚至不知道物理治疗师不仅能控制疼痛,而且能控制疼痛的来源.

物理治疗师是治疗运动和神经肌肉骨骼疾病的专家. Pain often accompanies a movement disorder, and Physical Therapists can help correct the disorder and relieve the pain.


你更愿意接受为内科医生工作的物理治疗师的治疗,还是接受为私人诊所工作的物理治疗师的治疗? 世博app让你自己得出结论,但以下是三个不同研究得出的一些事实:

  • Results indicate there were more treatments, 而那些参加了医生拥有的物理治疗实践的患者的成本更大. private physical therapy practice (visits per patient were 39% to 45% higher in physician-owned clinics; and both gross and net revenue per patient were 30% to 40% higher in physician-owned clinics)1.
  • 结果表明,执照和非执照物理治疗提供者花更少的时间与每个病人在医生拥有的诊所, and more often, Physical Therapy Assistants were substituted for Physical Therapists.2
  • Results concluded that “Therapists who had treated patients through Direct Access 与没有使用过直接访问的治疗师相比,更有可能相信直接访问在专业上使他们受益,也使他们的患者受益.”3

At Professional, 世博app相信,世博app可以为您提供最高质量的护理,并以一种具有成本效益的方式.4 You will work closely with your Physical Therapist and in most instances, 从开始到结束,您的治疗将由同一位物理治疗师管理.

  1. Mitchell, J., Scott, E., Physician Ownership of Physical Therapy Services: Effects on Charges, Utilization, Profits, and Service Characteristics, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1992.
  2. “Joint Ventures Among Health Care Providers in Florida,” State of Florida Health Care Cost Containment Board, 1991.
  3. Domholdt E, Durchholz AG. Direct access use by experienced therapists in states with direct access. Phys Ther. 1992 Aug;72(8):569-74.
  4. Federal Office of the Inspector General May 1, 2006年的今天,这份报告对非物理治疗师拥有的做法所做的账单流程提出了质疑.


For many patients, one of the primary objectives is pain relief. This is frequently accomplished with hands-on techniques, modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and/or heat or cold therapy. Movement often provides pain relief as well. 你的物理治疗师会为你提供适当的锻炼,不仅仅是为了缓解疼痛, but to recover range of motion, strength, and endurance.

In some cases, Physical Therapy techniques can be painful. For example, recovering knee range of motion after total knee replacement, or shoulder range of motion after shoulder surgery, may be painful. 您的物理治疗师将利用各种技术,以帮助最大化您的治疗目标. It is important that you communicate the intensity, frequency, and duration of pain to your Therapist. 没有这些信息,物理治疗师很难调整你的治疗计划.

 

In most states, physical therapists cannot make a medical diagnosis. This is something that your physician will provide for you. While physical therapists are important members of your medical team, 医生通常是向您提供医疗诊断的医疗保健提供者.

物理治疗师(PTs)和物理治疗师助理(PTAs)是由他们各自的州许可.


Yes. Professional maintains records electronically, so we can provide you with the added convenience of visiting any of our many clinics, and any of our Physical Therapists will be able to follow your specified Treatment Plan.


Questions about Billing/Insurance?

In most cases, health insurance will cover all or a portion of the treatment costs. 可能会有病人需要支付的自付费用(如共同支付或免赔额), which is determined by the patient’s insurance provider. If needed, we have a financial counseling team to assist with payment arrangements.

任何有关您的保险和财务责任的问题都将直接向世博app的资格和福利部门提出.

世博app的病人没有保险或与专业人士的网络之外,也可以选择直接支付自付治疗(OOP). Contact your local office to discuss this option to start your care.

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In most cases, you have the right to choose any Physical Therapy clinic. Our practices are in network with various insurance plans. The Eligibility and Benefits team can assist in answering insurance related questions.

Also, since Professional Physical Therapy maintains clinical records electronically, we can provide you with the added convenience of visiting any of our clinics, and our Physical Therapists will be able to follow your specified treatment plan.

Direct Access policy is driven by each individual state or specific insurance carrier.

Some states have a Physical Therapy Practice Act, which requires a diagnosis code before a patient can see a Therapist.

In addition, 一些付款人还要求提供服务的诊断代码(医生转诊或处方)(例如-纽约医疗保险, ConnectiCare, Tricare, all require written prescriptions from the patients’ medical provider).

Billing for Physical Therapy services is similar to billing for a doctor’s visit. The following occurs when a patient is scheduled for treatment:

  1. 对患者的保险进行核实,以确保保险公司对指定治疗过程的承保范围. 在获得授权后,世博app会根据利益的验证结果向保险公司开出账单. The patient is notified if there are issues obtaining authorization for services, or if we are unable to verify coverage.
  2. 患者的保险是根据根据患者物理治疗师的治疗过程确定的收费或通用程序术语(CPT)代码来计费的.
  3. 保险承运人处理提交的信息,并根据商定的合同或费用表付款.
  4. The patient will receive an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from the insurance carrier; we receive a similar EOB indicating the payment has been issued. The EOB also provides patient responsibility, and if applicable, the patient is obligated to make the payment for any balance.

重要的是要理解计费流程中有许多小步骤(超出了上面概述的步骤).  Exceptions are common, and missing information and/or miscommunications may occur.   This can delay the payment process.

We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness during and after therapy.