DO I NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR BEFORE COMING TO PHYSICAL THERAPY?
Montana is a direct access state which means you can come to physical therapy without going to the doctor first. Some insurance companies require that you have a prescription from your MD to reimburse for your therapy services. If you are unsure, call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card to confirm.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY INSURANCE COVERS PHYSICAL THERAPY?
Individual insurance policies vary on physical therapy coverage. To clarify your benefits, call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card. Ask:
- Does my policy require a doctor's prescription for PT?
- Does my deductible apply to PT? If so, what is my deductible and how much have I accumulated towards it this year?
- What will be my copay or coinsurance portion per visit?
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please bring your insurance card as well as a prescription for physical therapy from your doctor if you were given one.
What do I wear to my appointment?
Wear whatever you are comfortable in. Consider your injury, for example - if it is your knee, wear shorts or loose pants, for your shoulder maybe a tank top or a sports bra.
How long is an appointment and how many times will I come back?
Appointment length will vary based on what you are being treated for, but generally your first appointment is an hour and each appointment after is about 45 minutes. The number of visits also is variable and dependent on what we determine during your evaluation. We are sensitive to time and monetary constraints and will accommodate your needs.
Which insurance companies are GSM preferred providers with?
We are enrolled with most major insurance companies including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Medicaid, Help MT, Montana Health Co-op, Pacific Source, and Allegiance. We also handle worker’s compensation patients, motor vehicle accidents, and VA patients. If you do not have insurance or have high deductible insurance, call us and we can discuss your prompt pay options before your visit.