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If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else. — Yogi BerraWorking Together
I'd be happy to discuss working together with you!
But if you just need a quick professional consultation , you may request one through our Secure Messaging Portal . (You send your question or concern to me and if I feel I can address this with a written response, I'll arrange to reply.)
If you make an appointment, I will reserve the spot exclusively for you!
Payment & Fees
For us to build a solid therapeutic relationship and for us work together effectively, it's vital that you understand my standard business practices.
ABBREVIATED FEE SCHEDULE
* Available only at my discretion and by mutual agreement. Consultations must be prepaid. Unless you are a current patient, consultation does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship.
Consultation by Secure Messaging: Pre-payment is required.
Appointments: Pre-payment is required to reserve a first appointment, otherwise payment is due in full on the date of service.
Forms of Payment: Cash, checks, all major credit cards, and health savings account (HSA) cards .
CANCELING OR RESCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT
Cancel or reschedule an appointment at least one full business day in advance .
Please notify me in person or by phone/voicemail to avoid being charged for a scheduled session you can't attend.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
NO . But here's the long answer : I am not a contracted provider for any insurance plans. (I am an out-of-network provider.) But my services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan.
THINGS TO KNOW WHEN USING HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MY SERVICES
Your insurance company will require a medical diagnosis from me, and this diagnosis will remain in your treatment record. Health and treatment records are typically requested by insurance companies when you apply for life insurance and disability insurance.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHETHER MY PLAN COVERS YOUR SERVICES?
Call your insurance company and ask:
- Do I have coverage to see a behavioral health provider who is "out-of-network"?
- Do I have "outpatient mental health benefits"?
If the answer is YES for both questions, then also ask:
- Do I need authorization for the visit(s), and if so, how do I get authorization?
- Do I have an out-of-pocket "deductible" (a sum you'll have to pay before your company will begin reimbursing you)? If so, what's the amount?
- How much of my deductible have I met for the current year?
- What percentage of the provider's actual fee does my plan cover?
NOTE: Some companies limit the amount they will reimburse for a service to a percentage of a capped fee that they determine is "reasonable and customary." These capped fees are often substantially lower than the provider's actual fee.
WILL YOU FILE CLAIMS FOR ME?
YES . My office will be glad to file claims on your behalf as a courtesy to you. In this case, your insurance company will reimburse you for the amount they're responsible for. Note that some insurers do not allow us to file claims for patients, however. In this case, we will provide you with the paperwork you'll need to file claims.
DO YOU ACCEPT MEDICARE?
NO . But here's the long answer : I have "opted out" of Medicare. Medicare recipients are not entitled to any reimbursement from Medicare for my services, except for services I provide on an emergency basis.