I've been referred for a neuropsychological evaluation. What should I expect?
A neuropsychological evaluation is a detailed assessment of your current cognitive (brain) and emotional (mood) functioning. It consists of an interview to understand your background and current concerns and one or more hours of testing (typically 2-3 hours). The testing is mostly in a question and answer format and may also include computer-based testing. Many patients remark that they feel like they are "back in school" and they find the testing to be "interesting." Domains assessed may include attention/concentration, processing speed, learning/memory, executive (frontal lobe) functioning, fine motor speed, effort/motivation, intellectual functioning, and achievement (academic) functioning. The testing will provide a profile of your current cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Results will be available about 1-2 weeks after the evaluation and provided to you via an in-person feedback session and written report.
Do you take insurance?
I participate with (accept) several, but not all insurance plans. If I participate with your insurance, this means that I agree to accept, as payment in full, the amount which your insurance company pays for a particular service (psychotherapy, testing, etc). You will still be financially responsible for any applicable copays, coinsurance, or deductibles. Copays, coinsurance and deductibles are due at the time services are provided. The best way to determine if I participate with your insurance (and what, if any, financial responsibility you may have) is to call your insurance company before our first meeting. As of April 1,2020, I participate with the following insurances: Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Shield NENY, CDPHP (including CDPHP managed Medicaid), MVP, Empire BC (I do not participate with Anthem plans under Empire BC) and Optum. Also, it is important to understand that, in order for your insurance to pay for services that I provide, they must be considered medically (psychologically) necessary. In addition, some insurance companies require preauthorization for certain services, particularly testing services. Of note, if I am out-of-network with your insurance, it still may be possible to get your insurance to cover some services (all or in part); I would be happy to discuss this further with you.