10 most frequently asked questions
- Does my private health insurance cover sessions with Julie?
- Do I need a prescription?
- What can I expect from my evaluation session?
- What can I expect from my follow-up sessions?
- How long is each session?
- How frequently will I attend sessions?
- How long will I require treatment?
- Can I bring my baby?
- What forms of payment do you accept?
- Does Julie give massages, manual therapy, ultrasound, etc?
Does my private health insurance cover sessions with Julie?
Julie Wiebe is a licensed Physical Therapist. However, please be aware that Julie is not an in-network provider for any and all insurance carriers. Please check with your benefits provider before starting treatment to determine the details of your coverage for an out-of-network provider. Payment is required at the time of service. Julie will provide an invoice (superbly) at the end of each session that you can submit to your insurance or medical savings plan to seek out-of-network reimbursement. Some insurance carriers have a cap on how many dollars they will reimburse or sessions they allow. You are responsible for understanding your coverage for out-of-network providers. Please discuss with Julie if there are changes in your benefit status, or if you do not have a private benefit provider. ***Julie is not a certified Medicare or Medicaid provider. The law is very clear, that non-certified physical therapists may not see Medicare or Medicaid patients. ***
Do I need a prescription?
As of January 1, 2014, patients can directly access a Physical Therapists in California without a prescription (Rx) for the first 30-days. However, because of the nature of Julie’s practice approach to see folks over an extended time, 30-days goes fast. To spare an interruption in care, Julie is now requiring patients to get an Rx prior to being evaluated. In addition, some insurance companies (Anthem Blue Cross in particular) may still require an Rx in order to reimburse for the first 30-days of service, it is your responsibility to confirm the policy of your provider. Just a reminder, Julie does not accept insurance but you can submit the provided invoice to your insurance for an out-of-network provider. (Click here to download a prescription to take with you to the doctor). You are responsible for understanding your coverage for an out of network provider.
What can I expect from my evaluation session?
During the evaluation a comprehensive assessment will be performed to determine each woman’s unique needs. This will include a thorough history, and a physical examination of your posture, central stabilizer function, strength, joint and muscle restrictions, and gait. You will be educated on the results of the evaluation and how it relates to the issues you are experiencing. You will start learning how to restore your central stabilization in this first session and leave with homework to do until your next session. Please wear exercise gear or loose fitting clothing. Please view the video blog series “The Fit Floor” 1-3 to better understand Julie’s clinical approach. Evaluation appointments last 1.5 hours, unless an extended evaluation is pre-scheduled.
What can I expect from my follow-up sessions?
Follow-ups are scheduled weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on how well you are progressing through the program, how much practice you need, and how soon you will be ready for an exercise progression. Each session builds on the information and exercises learned at the previous session. Our goals will be first to restore the function and timing of your central stabilizers (Core Strategy), then incorporate this in your posture, walking pattern and day to day activities (lifting and carrying kids, etc). Next we will gradually layer the strength of other postural muscle groups on that strong foundation through very specific exercise. You will be given homework at each session for you to work on until your next session. Our goal is to move towards implementing your restored central stability (Core Strategy) into the fitness program of your choice, enhancing results and reducing vulnerability to re-injury. Please view the video blog series “The Fit Floor” 1-3 to better understand Julie’s clinical approach. Follow-up appointments last 1 hour, unless an extended session is pre-scheduled.
How long is each session?
Evaluation and follow-up sessions are usually scheduled for 1.5 hours. If you are traveling at a distance to meet with Julie, limiting the frequency of visits, a pre-scheduled extended 2 hour session is recommended. If there are significant physical issues and complications extended sessions may also be recommended.
How frequently will I attend sessions?
Treatments are usually scheduled at weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly intervals. Each session builds on the previous session. How quickly you progress through the program depends on multiple factors, including your ability to pursue the homework on your own.
How long will I require treatment?
This will be determined by the severity of your issues, your ability to be compliant with the exercises, and how well you can incorporate the information into your body. With good compliance, consistency with follow-ups and understanding of the materials most women require about 6-8 sessions, spread over 2-6 months.
Can I bring my baby?
Yes. However, coming to sessions solo is preferred, simply because you can concentrate and the whole hour can be spent working through the program. This is understandably not always possible for various reasons and your baby is always welcome! Please be aware that if you bring your baby we may have to curtail the amount of work we can do within the session, which may extend the number of sessions you require. Patients are often scheduled back to back and sessions will need to end on time in order to honor the time of the next patient. You are responsible for the safety of your baby while on the premises.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Payment is due at the end of each session in the form of cash, check or credit card (American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Discover). Julie Wiebe, PT is not an in-network provider for any insurance carrier, and does not provide direct billing to insurance carriers. You will be provided an invoice at the end of each session that you may file with your insurance or medical savings plan for reimbursement. You are responsible for understanding your benefits for an out-of-network provider.
Does Julie give massages, manual therapy, ultrasound, etc?
No. Julie’s approach is education and exercise based care that will give you the understanding and tools to carry over into your daily life and fitness when she is not around. Her approach is to provide women with a fishing pole, rather than keep handing them fish. Self-care, independence and application of concepts into a regular, patient driven fitness program is the ultimate goal of the program.