What should I expect during my visit?
I will call you or send an email invitation via your cell phone or computer to join a virtual interview. Once you click on the link, we will be able to share information confidentially. We will start by discussing your history and current concerns and then work on a variety of tasks designed to measure cognitive abilities. You may 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 evaluation last?
There are three main parts to the clinical evaluation process: interview, testing, and feedback session. These services are usually scheduled on separate days. The interview will typically include yourself and someone who is familiar with your daily functioning and usually takes about one hour to complete. During your testing session, you will be administered tests of your memory and thinking abilities via cell phone and/or audio-video links between your home computer and my office. The time required for testing varies from one patient to the next but most studies are completed within 90 minutes to 2 hours. 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 2-3 days after the conclusion of your interview and testing sessions.
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 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 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.
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.
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 psychologists who are in good standing with their credentialing organizations and with Medicare, I choose not to participate in Medicare and insurance panels 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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