INSURANCE AND PAYMENTS

This counseling practice operates on a fee-for-service basis. The cost of professional services is evaluated annually and posted no later than January 1. Efforts are made to help clients access their health insurance benefits for reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses. Insurance reimbursement for clinical services offered by licensed professional counselors varies from state to state and from carrier to carrier. Payment for services is required when those services are rendered unless alternate provisions have been made in advance. Payment for services by credit/debit card is available. These services appear as “ACRS” on your statement. Scheduled sessions must be cancelled by telephone at least 24 hours in advance. This does not apply to situations deemed to be emergency in nature. Clinical services can be terminated as a result of nonpayment of fees under certain conditions (ACA Code of Ethics, 2014. A.10.d). For individuals with insurance coverage, all co-payments must be paid when services are rendered. A $25 fee will be charged for each returned check along with any prior balance owed.

FEES

* The majority of sessions are billed to insurances at the 90837 Therapeutic hour, which approximates to 53 minutes face to face time with the therapist.

Counseling and Financial Records

Complete client records will be maintained for a period of seven (7) years after discharge. These records will include all intake and assessment information, treatment plans and updates, clinical notes, copies of correspondence, discharge summary, financial records, and other information that might be considered to be pertinent to particular cases. ALL records will be destroyed by shredding. This office does not supply or consider psychotherapy notes as part of the medical chart.

Ethical Guidelines

American Counseling Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice (2014)

Code of Ethics of the National Board of Certified Counselors (2014)

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