• “No Surprises Act”

    “No Surprises Act”

    MY FEES

    I Believe In Transparency

    Below, you will find my current fees for services, effective January 1, 2022

    I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield and Aetna Plans. In-network plans have a contracted rate and you likely have a copay, coinsurance, and/or deductible.  I encourage you to contact your insurance company to determine what your out-of-pocket costs may be if you seek psychotherapy with an in or out-of-network provider.   I am out of network with all other plans but am happy to provide you with a “superbill” to submit to your insurance for receiving “Out of Network” benefits. I CANNOT guarantee reimbursement from your insurance.

    If you are unable to afford the current fee, please contact me to discuss possible options.

    Individual:

    • 60-minute session:  $200
    • 50-minute session:  $170
    • 30-minute session:  $120

    New Individual Intake Assessment/ 90 minute: $220

    Actuarial Sexual Risk Assessment: $3000

    No Shows:  $200 / hour

    My fee for missed appointments with less than 24 hours’ notice is my private pay rate of $200/hour.

    Court Proceedings:  $1000.00/day

    I prefer not to go to court.  If I am forced by subpoena or court order to attend a court proceeding, you are responsible for payment for my time and expenses related to the court appearance at the time of the appearance.  This time is not reimbursable by insurance.    If I am subpoenaed to court on your behalf my rate is $1000.00/day that I am out of the office and covers lost income from missed appointments with other individuals.  This rate includes documentation time.

     

    Administrative Fees: $150/hr.

    My current hourly rate for administrative tasks is $150. This includes but is not limited to activities such as writing letters, completing clinical impressions, preparing documentation, and professional consultation on your behalf. Administrative tasks unrelated to insurance claims are not billable and you are responsible for the fee associated with the time it takes me to complete the task. These tasks are usually related to case complexity and/or requests by the person seeking services.  This fee is not reimbursable by your insurance.

    The Complexity of Problems:

    Some problems are more complex than others and take longer to resolve.  There are all kinds of variables that can impact the length of time and the number of sessions that therapy will take.  It is highly dependent on the issues being addressed as well as the individual seeking support and therapeutic approaches being utilized.  It is not possible to give an accurate estimate prior to completing an assessment, where we discuss the nature of the problems, how long they have been going on, what your goals for treatment would be and what approaches we might utilize to address them.

    For the purpose of complying with the law and generating the required documentation, Good Faith Estimates required under the No Surprises Act reflect an estimate.  They are not a guarantee that your costs will be exactly what is provided on the estimate. Your costs will vary depending on the number of sessions and the frequency of sessions needed to help you resolve the problem you are seeking support for.  Your costs may be less or depending on circumstances, may require more acute care and increased frequency or length of sessions.  Should this occur,  you will be provided with a new good faith estimate, based on your changing needs.

     

    You May Experience Sticker Shock

    Therapy is an investment in yourself.  Just as with many of or our regular expenses, we are often shocked at how much we spend for a full year of service.  If you receive a Good Faith Estimate for a full year of service, the cost may seem shocking.   It is provided as such because it is not possible to accurately estimate costs without meeting with you first, and the law requires that an estimate is provided prior to meeting with you.  Your actual costs may be less if the frequency of sessions is less than provided on the estimate or the number of sessions is less than is on the estimate.  DON’T LET STICKER SHOCK DETER YOU FROM GETTING THE HELP THAT YOU NEED.  The last thing I want to do is to cause you additional distress because of financial hardship.

    If you are unable to afford the current fee, please contact me to discuss possible options.

     

    THE 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