Q: How do I know if I need therapy?
Therapy may benefit individuals who experience pain or
difficulty performing everyday activities such as walking, bathing,
dressing, grooming, cooking, cleaning, communicating, eating, or
thinking. Therapy may be beneficial after a surgical procedure, sports
related injury, serious illness, or cancer. If you’re experiencing a
decline after a brain injury sustained in an accident, stroke, or
progressive disease such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis therapy
may improve your quality of life. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate
Q: Is a physician’s referral always required to attend therapy at Emory Decatur Hospital?
Yes. We require that all patients have a physician’s referral in order to be evaluated for therapy.
Q: What is the difference between home health therapy and outpatient therapy?
Home health therapy is typically provided only to those
experiencing significant difficulty leaving home and is always completed
in the home. Outpatient therapy is provided in a clinic outside of the
home. Outpatient therapy provides a gym with equipment and modalities
designed to provide just the right amount of prescribed physical
activity for your condition.
Q: How do I figure out what kind of therapy I need?
This will ultimately be decided by your physician and/or therapist. However, Physical Therapy
focuses on issues with the spine, lower body, walking, and balance in order to improve your mobility. Occupational Therapy
specializes in the upper body and fine motor activities in order to
improve your ability to complete activities of daily living. You may
need Speech Therapy
if you’ve experienced choking or coughing when eating, changes in your
speech or voice, difficulty communicating, or difficulty
remembering/thinking. If you still are uncertain, your therapist and/or
physician can help identify what you need.
Q: How do I get a therapy referral?
Any doctor can write a prescription/referral for therapy.
Always let your doctor know if you think you may benefit from
Q: How do I make an appointment?
Call the location you would like to attend once a prescription is obtained.
Emory Decatur Hospital Emory Hillandale
Please have the *physician prescription/referral
and your insurance information available when you call to schedule your
appointment. The referral may be faxed from the physician’s office.
Print, complete, and bring the Patient Intake Forms
with you to the first appointment to speed up the registration process.
Medical/Clinical notes from the physician may be required for some services.
Q: Where are you located?
A: Emory Decatur Hospital Emory Hillandale
2675 N Decatur Road, Suite 105 5900 Hillandale Drive, Suite 110
Decatur, GA 30033 Lithonia, GA 30058
Q: What do I need to bring on my first appointment?
Please bring: 1) copy of your prescription/referral; 2) picture ID; 3) Insurance card; 4) Intake Forms
(if completed prior)
Q: What should I expect my first appointment?
Please arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to your
evaluation time in order to get registered. Your evaluation will last
approximately one hour (times may vary for audiology and driving).
Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Your highly trained
therapist will spend the first session evaluating your current abilities
and needs. Then, you and your clinician will develop a customized
treatment plan. Additional therapy appointments, if required, will be
scheduled at the conclusion of your session.
Q: Does it cost anything to park?
No. Our PARKING IS FREE at both locations. Please bring in
your parking ticket at the North Decatur Location and we will validate
Q: What insurance do you take?
A: We verify all insurance benefits before start of service and
will provide you with an estimated cost of service up front. We have
financial advisors on hand to arrange payment plans if needed. We
currently accept the following insurance plans:
- Aetna US Healthcare
- Beech Street
- Blue Cross (HMO)
- Blue Cross (PPO)
- Companion Work Place
- First Health/Worker Comp
- Healthcare Inc,
- Medicaid (SSI and PeachState)*
- Medicare (Wellcare Medicare)
- Medical Resource Network
- One Health Plan (Great West)
- One Plan
- PHCS/ Multiplan
- State Health Plan
- Tricare (Champus)
- United Healthcare
- USA MCO
*We must have medical/clinical notes from the physician with all Medicaid referrals for precertification.
Q: What if I am unable to pay my full amount estimated for therapy?
You may be eligible to apply for a reduced payment schedule.
Our financial counselor 404.501.5309
can assist you with this process.
Q: How do I get a copy of my therapy medical records?
All copies of the medical record must be obtained by calling the DeKalb Medical business office at 404.501.5183
Q: What if I am unable to drive to therapy?
The following transportation options are available if needed:
- Marta Mobility 404.848.5000 extension 2
- Advanced Care 404.942.9803
- Allen Net 770.484.9822
- Patrona’s 404.289.9166
- Southeast Transportation 678.510.4600