Dr. Barbara Bear
Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychological Services
Educational and Career Consultant, Executive Coach and Certified Autism Specialist
For self-pay patients, my usual customary fees are $150.00 for an initial intake (75 minute session), $120.00 per 50-60 minute session of psychotherapy, and $120.00 per hour for psychological testing. Fees for psychological testing are based on time spent with the client, the time it takes the client to complete the test, plus time spent for interpretation of results. If you choose to file insurance, I will honor the contracted rate with your insurance company.
If you choose to file insurance, you are responsible for any services insurance does not cover. If you file insurance, your contracted rate may differ from my self-pay rates. In some cases, I do offer sliding scale rates.
Payment is requested at the time services are rendered, by check, cash or credit card.
It is the clients responsibility to contact their insurance provider and verify their benefits and out-of-pocket responsibility before their first appointment. Otherwise, the client will be responsible for self-pay rates. The client is expected to pay for non-allowable and deductible charges, as well as co-payments, when services are rendered. If insurance payment is not received with 90 days, after a claim is filed, the client will become responsible for payment of the total amount due. It is your responsibility to follow-up with your insurance company for delayed payments and any other concerns.
I bill clients monthly after insurance has been filed. This is a reminder of balance due and is an informational statement to keep you up-to-date regarding the status of your account. My usual and customary collection procedures will be followed in order to collect unpaid balances and co-payments due.
Refunds are issued once a month, only after all pending claims have cleared.
Processing past due accounts is expensive. Accounts which are over three months past due may be assigned to my collections attorney or small claims court, depending upon the total balance due, for enforcement of collection.
If you are unable to keep an appointment, please notify my office immediately. If an appointment is canceled or missed without a 24-hour advance notice, you will be charged $85. I have 24-hour-a-day phone coverage through my office and after-hours voice mail. Insurance does not pay for missed appointments; therefore, you will be financially responsible for the full fee.
The client (or referring parent in the case of minors) is considered responsible for payment of
my professional fees. It is the client's responsibility to know the amount of their deductible and/or co-payment. When I am requested to bill a third party, such as a divorced spouse, relative, or insurance company, and that third party fails to make timely payments, payment is expected from the referring parent that signed the consent for services. The client will be responsible for claims that are denied due to "filing past the insurance carrier's time limit" that is the result of failure by the client to inform this office of changes in insurance coverage.
I appreciate the opportunity you have provided for me to be of service to you. If you have any questions, please discuss them with me.
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