INITIAL PHONE CONSULTATION
I generally talk with prospective patients by phone for a few minutes at no charge to discuss the reasons for seeking psychotherapy and to determine if the next step is scheduling an appointment.
We can think of the first few sessions as a time for both of us to see if we are a fit. We will discuss your goals for treatment. Session frequency is one or more times a week, depending on your needs.
FEES AND INSURANCE
My fee per session is $170 and paid to me directly. I am an out-of-network provider. Many insurance plans offer coverage for out-of-network mental health treatment; it may be helpful to ask your plan what kind of OON coverage you have. I cannot guarantee reimbursement from your plan, but I can provide a monthly superbill that can be submitted to your insurance plans for direct reimbursement to you.
GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE
Under Section 2799B-6 of the Public Health Service Act, health care providers and health care facilities are required to inform individuals who are not enrolled in a plan or coverage or a federal health care program, or not seeking to file a claim with their plan or coverage both orally and in writing of their ability, upon request or at the time of scheduling health care items and services, to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” of expected charges.
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises