What should I expect during my visit?
We will start by discussing your history and current concerns and then work on a variety of tasks designed to measure cognitive abilities. You will be asked questions, complete paper and pencil measures and do other tasks that are similar to games or puzzles. Many of these tasks are easy to complete while others are more complex. Most people cannot perform them perfectly and there is no passing or failing.
How long will the assessment last?
The time required for a neuropsychological evaluation varies depending on the number of tests and procedures required. For most clinically referred patients, there are three parts to your evaluation: interview, testing and feedback session. The interview takes about 30-90 minutes and will often include your partner, a relative or friend who is familiar with your daily functioning. The testing session can take from 45 to 120 minutes or more and can be divided into separate sessions that may include self-administration of digital tests and questionnaires at your location via computer, as well as tests administered via telephone or audio-video links between your home and my office. We will discuss your test results, diagnosis and treatment recommendations during our feedback session that takes about an hour. In most situations, your evaluation results are ready for us to discuss within about 2-3 days after your interview and testing sessions have concluded. Most clinical evaluations start on Monday and conclude with our feedback session on Friday, but scheduling is flexible.
Forensic evaluations and IMEs usually require additional time to complete, depending upon the reason for referral, volume of records reviewed and the specific procedures requested. Please be advised that most forensic services have been suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 National Health Emergency. Please see my BLOG for more information on forensic policies.
Should I include someone in my evaluation?
You are encouraged to include a friend, family member, colleague or another individual who is familiar with your day to day functioning. They will participate in our interview that takes about 30-90 minutes but you will be unaccompanied during the testing session.
May I take breaks?
Testing moves along at a quick pace and most people do not find it tiring. However, short breaks are available if needed.
What services are available at your office?
In office, person-to-person appointments are suspended until further notice.
What medical records should I provide?
Please provide a list of current medications and dosages as well as copies of relevant medical records including results of prior educational, psychological or neuropsychological testing. If you wear glasses of any type or use hearing aids, make sure to use them during your evaluation.
Where should I park?
If you must come to the office, there is ample parking at my facility.
How do I get my results?
About one week after testing is completed, a written report will be sent to the referring provider. You may then review results with the referring doctor and/or myself. Forensic examinees can receive test results after obtaining a signed release from the referring party.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you are unable to keep your appointments, please notify the office at least two business days in advance. If you miss your appointment, a late cancellation fee may be assessed and we may not be able to reschedule your appointment. If you are rescheduled, the wait times can be several months.
Do you accept my insurance or Medicare?
Like many other eligible physicians who are in good standing with their credentialing organizations and with Medicare, I choose not to participate as a personal preference. However, if my existing patient needs emergency care that requires acceptance of the Medicare fee schedule, I will accept Medicare assignment to provide emergency services.
If you intend to bill your insurance carrier, I will provide the necessary documentation for you to file a claim.
Still have questions? Please call 928.362.1220 for assistance
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