What Does “Direct Access” Mean For You?


Colorado is a “DIRECT ACCESS” state. This means that legislation in Colorado was passed allowing licensed physical therapists to evaluate and treat patients without first seeing a physician. Likewise, as a “Direct Access” patient you do not need a prescription from your physician to receive out-patient physical therapy. However, certain insurance plans do require you to have a prescription from your physician in order for outpatient physical therapy services to be covered and paid for by the insurance carrier.

As a “DIRECT ACCESS” provider physical therapists can truly provide direct access for diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of: impairments, functional limitations and disabilities related to movement functionality. Physical therapists are experts in proficiently evaluating a patient’s musculoskeletal condition and if appropriate, safely and effectively treating the patient. Physical therapists are highly-trained healthcare professionals, educated at the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate level with extensive clinical training. Physical therapists have a proven track record of effectively treating millions of patients.

Physical therapists are also well-qualified to recognize when patients demonstrate conditions that should be evaluated by other healthcare professionals. We will suggest a referral to other health care professionals if necessary. In addition, with your permission, we will send our results to your physician and will work in conjunction with him/her.

~American Physical Therapy Association

What are the advantages of Direct Access?

  • Reduces Healthcare Cost: Eliminates the need to go to your PCP or a specialist before starting PT.
  • Allows for Prompt Attention and Service: Blue Sky PT is able to schedule you for a first appointment within 1-3 business days.
  • Ability to Choose Your Physical Therapy Provider: Did you have a good experience at Blue Sky PT? Come back to us when you need PT again! Even if your insurance requires a doctor referral, it’s still your right to choose where to go.
  • Referral Not Required: You are able to access PT directly.  But your specific insurance may require a doctor referral for it to be covered.