Fees, Insurance and Policies

Fees:

Payment is due at the end of each session, whether it is your co-pay or full fee.  I accept cash or check.  My fee for each 45 minute session is $185.

Insurance:

I accept all insurances, however, I am only in-network with Aetna and Medicare.  I am an out-of-network provider for all other insurances.   I will submit to your insurance company for you regardless of my status with the insurance company.  Insurance is filed at the beginning of each month for the previous month.  For example, January’s sessions are submitted to your insurance in the beginning of February.

Questions to ask your insurance company:

Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan.  Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is prior authorization/approval required?

I am currently an in-network provider for Aetna and Medicare.  If you are covered by either of these insurers, please check with them for contracted fee information.

Cancellation Policy:

If you have not notified me at least 48 hours in advance you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.

I fully understand how difficult it can be to keep a fixed schedule, therefore, I will try and offer you another session time during the same week. My goal is not for a cancelation to be a punishment, but rather that a focus on continuity and mutual respect be maintained throughout the treatment process.

 

Policies:

Confidentiality:

LIMITS OF CONFIDENTIALITY

Contents of all therapy sessions are considered to be confidential.  Both verbal information and written records about a patient cannot be shared with another party without the written consent of the patient or the patient’s legal guardian.  Noted exceptions are as follows:

Duty to Warn and Protect

When a patient discloses intentions or a plan to harm another person, the mental health professional is required to warn the intended victim and report this information to legal authorities.  In cases in which the patient discloses or implies a plan for suicide, the health care professional is required to notify legal authorities and make reasonable attempts to notify the family of the patient.

Abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults

If Parents or legal guardians of non-emancipated minor patients have the right to access the patients’ records. If a patient states or suggests that he or she is abusing a child (or vulnerable adult) or has recently abused a child (or vulnerable adult), or a child (or vulnerable adult) is in danger of abuse, the mental health professional is required to report this information to the appropriate social service and/or legal authorities.

Minors/Guardianship

Parents or legal guardians of non-emancipated minor patients have the right to access the patients’ records.

Insurance Providers (when applicable)

Insurance companies and other third-party payers are given information that they request regarding services to patients.  Information that may be requested includes type of services, dates/times of services, diagnosis, treatment plan, and description of impairment, progress of therapy, case notes, and summaries.