Medicare Part B, Medicare Advantage Plans & Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plans
Seeking Supportive Emotional Care to Supplement Your Physical Health Care
DOES ANY OF THESE CONCERNS SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU?
WILL YOU HAVE TO TAKE MORE MEDICATION?
The decision to add a new medication to address your psychological, emotional, or cognitive concern is a decision that you will make in conjunction with your primary care physician, psychiatrist, or nurse practitioner.
If you are already taking psychotropic medications at the time you hire us to provide you, or your family, with emotional support- we recommend that you continue to be compliant with your medical team's orders until he/she/they decide that your medication, or dosage should be changed. It is also advisable that you attend all scheduled medical follow-up appointments with your medical team to monitor and review the impact of the medications on your health.
Regardless of the number of medical professionals, or specialist that you visit, it is important that you, or your care-giver, keep your primary medical health care provider in the loop regarding all new treatments and medications, to include changes in dosage. By doing so, you will better arm your primary medical health provider with the most updated information about your health to allow for more solid decisions and recommendations as it relates to your care. Equally important, updating all of your medical providers at each contact will prevent the over-lapping of redundant treatments, and assists in minimizing the risk of you experiencing adverse reactions that can be associated with prescribed medications.
What is the cost involved with seeking extra professional emotional support?
In most cases, there is a $149.00 annual deductible that must be paid by Medicare members before Medicare will begin to share in payment of certain medical costs eligible for coverage. Those who have only traditional Medicare would be responsible for paying the normal 20% co-payment required of Medicare patients beyond the $150.00 deductible. In most cases, patients reach their deductible by visiting their primary physicians long before contacting our office for services. If not, we can partner with you to create a plan for payment that takes into account your fixed monthly budget.
If you have additional, or supplemental health insurance plans, in most cases, once the $149.00 annual deductible is paid (either through the visits to your primary healthcare provider, emotional support professional, or by way of a combination of the two), your sessions may be at no additional cost to you. In other words, you will not have a 20% co-payment. Your sessions would be free of charge to you, and we would bill each valid health insurance plan on your behalf.
For a more in-death explanation of your benefits, please either contact Medicare, your Advantage plan vendor, your supplemental plan provider, or our office at which time someone will assist you.
Watch Brief Video About How Medicare Funds Mental Health Treatment
DID YOU KNOW?
"Among persons older than 65 years, one in six individuals suffers from depression. Depression in older adults is estimated to occur in 25 percent of those with other illnesses, including:
►Chronic lung disease
BEING SCREENED FOR DEPRESSION BY YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN IS NOW TREATED AS A YEARLY PREVENTATIVE SERVICE
Removal of Barriers to Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act Medicare waives the coinsurance or co-payment and deductible for those Medicare-covered preventive services recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) with a grade of A or B for any indication or population, and that are appropriate for the individual. Older adults have the highest risk of suicide of all age groups."
- CENTER FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICARE
WILL ANYONE FIND OUT THAT YOU ARE SEEING A COUNSELOR?
The fact that you are visiting our office, and the reason for such is kept confidential. We are mandated to not share your information unless you sign a release giving us permission to share. There are times in which your counselor will ask to share with members of your medical team, but even then, the content of your conversations are not shared.
We do understand, and fully respect, your need to reschedule your appointment as life happens. However, it is our policy that you provide us with 24 hours advance notice to better allow us to accommodate another client's appointment request with the newly vacant appointment slot. You will otherwise be invoiced for a $50 cancellation fee which must be paid prior to receiving another schedule slot. Keep in mind that you will be solely responsible for the cancellation fee as insurance companies will not co-share in such payment type.