Direct Access & Your Patient Rights
In Oregon (and all 50 states), patients have the right to seek some level of treatment from a licensed physical therapist without a prescription or referral from a physician. This means that a patient can come to IPA Physio Portland for an evaluation/assessment without a doctor’s referral. Not all insurance plans require a medical doctor’s prescription, but some do.
If you have already consulted with your provider, or plan to, your physician may refer you to a specific physical therapy facility, whether it’s simply the first clinic that comes to the doctor’s mind at the time, or an affiliated office where he/she has ownership and financial interest. Upon referral to PT, you are not bound to receive services at any specific PT provider and it is your legal right and to seek treatment from the physical therapist of your choice.
The Consumer Bill of Rights protects your right to a choice of health care providers that is sufficient to provide you with access to appropriate high-quality health care.