Fees: My out-of-pocket fee is $125 per 55-minute session. I accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards and expect payment at the time of your appointment.
Insurance: I accept Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fidelis Care, Martin’s Point, and Medicare insurances. In order to use insurance for psychotherapy, I must make a diagnosis. I like to discuss this with you in early sessions.
To confirm your coverage and copay, please call O’Brien’s Billing at 315-437-1451 or visit O’Brien’s Billing website. You must do this before scheduling your first appointment even if you know your mental health benefits.
I am also an out-of-network provider for many other health insurance plans. I’ll provide you with receipts of payment for my services so that you can submit claims to your insurance company for available reimbursement. O’Brien’s Billing can also confirm out-of-network benefits for you.
I recommend you check with your insurance company by calling the number on the back of your insurance card and asking:
• Do I have out-of-network mental health insurance benefits?
• What is my deductible and has it been met?
• How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
• What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
• Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Once our first appointment is scheduled I’ll email you forms to complete and sign. I use Simple Practice as my electronic health record; it’s HIPAA-secure and makes intake paperless. You will return the forms to me through the Simple Practice portal.
Keeping your appointments is an important part of therapy. If you miss your scheduled appointment or don’t provide 48-hours notice to cancel, you agree to pay your full session fee. Exceptions are considered for genuine emergencies, severe illness or weather.