Two Office Locations

Lawrence, KS:  719 1/2 Massachusetts, Ste 100

Tuesday and Thursday  11:00am – 6:00pm

DeSoto, KS:  32800 W. 91st Terr.

Monday   9:00am – 1:00pm and  Wednesday  1:00pm – 6:00pm

Insurance

I do take some insurances, although for the following reasons, I am phasing out the use of insurance:

  1.  All insurances require proof of “medical necessity.”  Proving “medical necessity” would mean documentation of a severe diagnosis, indicating that your level of functioning is severely compromised.  Although I recognize some people I see do have such severe symptoms warranting such diagnoses, that is not the case for the majority of people who work with me.
  2. Once you are given a diagnosis and that is provided to your insurance company, this becomes part of your permanent medical record and may be shared with a variety of entities by your insurance company.  Most of my patients prefer to maintain control of their personal information, and therefore, not risk the loss of  your privacy inherent within the insurance industry.
  3. Treatment plans are often required by insurance companies.  Those employees who read and critique these plans may, or may not, be licensed mental health practitioners.  Their judgments determine not only the number of sessions you may have with me, but also whether you can use your insurance to see me.  Submitting your claim to your insurance company is no guarantee that it will be covered, leaving you with unexpected expenses.
  4. Check your deductible because you may have to spend anywhere from $2000-$6000 before your insurance company will pay for anything.  Also, check to see how your insurance company manages out-of-network providers.  This sometimes doubles the amount you have to pay on your deductible.
  5. Many employers now offer a pretax Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or a Health Savings Account (GSA). Check with your Human Resources Department to make sure you can use these funds for psychiatric/mental health services.

I can supply you with an itemized receipt with a psychiatric diagnosis code for you to submit to your insurance company.  Please consider the above information when making this decision.

Fees

My fees are consistent with the reasonable, allowable fee structure for psychiatric mental health practitioners who prescribe medications and engage in psychotherapy, rather than counseling services.  The fee structure has a range from $150-200 per session.

My expertise requires that I perform Evaluation and Management aspects of your physical health limited to my scope of practice.  The charge on your bill if using insurance will display one of the following: 99211, 99212, 99213, 99214 and 99215 (E/M) plus the psychotherapy code.  The five tiers for E/M indicate the level of medical/psychiatric decision making as adjusted according to the complexity of  your medical and psychiatric condition.  There may be other charges on your bill indicating the type of psychotherapy in which we engage and whether or not the session is deemed a crisis or involves other family members.  Therefore, an initial assessment fee is determined by the complexity of our first session.  During an initial assessment, I will be learning of your reason for coming to see me, performing a baseline physical assessment, and collecting medical and medication history, as well as family and social history.  Occasionally, a situation may warrant an adjustment of my psychotherapy fee.  We can discuss this if, and when, such need arises.

Payment of services is due at the time of your session.  I do accept cash, check, debit and credit cards.  You may also use your FSA or HSA debit cards.

Cancellation Policy

I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy and charge 50% of your normal session fee for an appointment that is missed.  However, there is no charge if your appointment is cancelled or rescheduled 24 hours in advance.