To Our Patients at Berkeley Community Physical Therapy
Information about a New California Law –
Direct Access to a Physical Therapist
You Now Have Greater Choice with Your Health Care

Direct Access to Physical Therapy is Here!

On January 1, 2014, a new California law was enacted which allows California consumers direct access to physical therapists. Direct Access is your ability to be evaluated and treated by a licensed Physical Therapist without first seeing your physician for a referral.

Click here to view the direct access physical therapy infographic

Benefits of Direct Access:

  • Quicker access to the treatment you need and deserve.
  • While each patient case is different, clinical research shows that Direct Access should:
    • Result in fewer overall treatment sessions.
    • Save you time and money.

There are some limits with this new legislation.

If direct physical therapy care is to exceed 45 days or 12 visits, whichever comes first, you must be referred (e.g., to a medical doctor) for a medical diagnosis.

We value the relationship we have with our patients, and their physicians. We will continue to foster this relationship by notifying a patient’s physician of our evaluation findings and providing updates on the care plan as needed.

We continue to strive to provide you and your family the best healthcare possible.

Please call Berkeley Community Physical Therapy at (510) 549-2225 if you have questions, need care or know someone we can help.