Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM MY DOCTOR TO GO TO PHYSICAL THERAPY?
What do I need to bring with me?
How long will each treatment last?
How many visits will I need?
The number of visits depends on the diagnosis, the age of child at the start of treatment, and severity of the condition. The plan of care for your child will be discuss after the initial physical therapy evaluation.
Our goal is to maximize your child’s care in the shortest time frame without compromising quality of care and best outcomes. The sooner PT is started the better the outcomes and the shorter the overall course of treatment intervention.
Why is physical therapy the best choice addressing torticollis, plagiocephaly, and motor skills delay?
Looking Ahead Pediatric Physical Therapists are experts at evaluating and treating head shape asymmetry, developmental motor skills delay, and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Clinical Practice Guidelines, in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Bright Futures Guidelines recommend a referral to a skilled pediatric physical therapist to evaluate and treat infants and children with head shape asymmetry and neck tightness/weakness as soon as any one of these concerns are observed by the parent or healthcare professional.
What Do Pediatric Physical Therapists Do?
Pediatric physical therapists are skilled experts in movement and function for children birth to 18 years of age. We work with infants and children and their families to facilitate motor development and function, improves strength and endurance, enhances learning opportunities, and ease challenges with daily skills.
We work with children who are experiencing illnesses, injuries, or conditions that limit their ability to move or function in their daily life. We provide services aimed to improve mobility, develop or restore function, alleviate pain, prevent or decrease permanent physical disabilities, and promote overall health and wellness.https://www.apta.org/
WHY IS YOUR CHILD REFERRED TO LOOKING AHEAD PEDIATRIC P.T.?
DOES MY INSURANCE COVER PHYSICAL THERAPY?
WHO WILL TREAT MY CHILD?
Looking Ahead Pediatric P.T. employs only highly trained licensed pediatric physical therapists. We do not have physical therapy assistants or aides. Your child will be treated in a one-on-one setting. We encourage parents to be a an active part of the physical therapy sessions.
Is physical therapy painful?
What types of treatments will I receive?
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD’S PROBLEMS RETURN?
HOW DO YOU DECIDE IF MY CHILD NEEDS A HELMET and will my insurance cover it?
At the initial evaluation, several objective measurements will be taken to best assess your child’s head shape and compared to standard scales. We will formally remeasure your child’s head shape on a monthly basis and provide our professional recommendation on whether you should consider pursuing a helmet based on your child’s age, neck strength and mobility, functional skills, daily lifestyle, and parent preference.
WILL MY INSURANCE COVER A HELMET?Helmets, known as custom cranial remodeling orthosis (CRO), can be covered under your insurance plan but the coverage will vary depending on your specific plan. Often, insurance companies are more willing to consider covering a helmet if your child has FIRST participated in direct physical therapy.
What to Expect at Your First Visit?
How does the billing process work?
Billing for physical therapy services is similar to what happens at your doctor's office. Claims will be submitted electronically to your insurance company and the payer will make payments according to an agreed upon fee schedule with Looking Ahead Pediatric P.T. The patient is expected to make the payment on the balance if any.
Copays/Coinsurances should be made at the time services are provided.
What will I have to do after physical therapy?
Is my therapist licensed?
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YOUR RIGHT TO A "GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE"
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
• You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
• Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your healthcare provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
• If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
• Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.
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