MRI Authorizations

Most insurance companies require authorization for MRIs. If your insurance company does not require authorization, you may go ahead and schedule an appointment. If authorization is required, our office will obtain approval for you. Please do not schedule your appointment prior to our office contacting you with your authorization number. As soon as our office obtains the authorization, we will contact you with the approval number. This may take 7 – 10 business days, depending on your insurance carrier.

If you had a previous MRI, our office will try to obtain authorization for the facility where you had your last MRI. If you plan to go to another facility, please call the authorization department at 631-462-2225, ext. 238. Important; some health plans require patients to go to the facility listed on their insurance card.

Workers’ Compensation patients do not require authorization except if the Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier works directly with a 3rd party vendor such as MedFocus or OneCall Medical; then you must schedule your appointment with an appropriate radiology facility.

Physical Therapy Authorizations


Healthcare Partners: You will require authorization for physical therapy. You must call the Authorization Department at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C. 631-462-2225, ext. 238. With the name and address of the facility prior to for your first evaluation visit.

Workers’ Compensation: For the initial six weeks of physical therapy a (variance) or authorization is not required. Once a course of physical therapy (of six to eight weeks) is completed, any additional therapy ordered will require an MG2 Variance, which must be submitted by our office. It usually takes 25 days to receive the authorization approval. Any questions regarding Workers’ Compensation, please call 631-462-2225, ext. 277.

Surgical Procedure Authorizations


Specific requirements vary per insurance carrier and procedure. Authorizations may take anywhere from 7 to 21 business days. For questions or concerns, you may contact our insurance carrier to verify, or our Out-Patient Authorization Department at extension 240.

Your care is important to us. We try our best to expedite the authorization process so you can proceed with your treatment.