Psychological evaluations are useful tools in helping gain a deeper understanding about the causes, nature, and manifestations of your symptoms as well as your personality type and function.
Insurance benefits for psychological testing/evaluations vary depending your individual insurance plan. Often the coverage of testing depends on the individual’s diagnosis, which determines medical necessity for the testing procedures. Typically, evaluations are conducted to determine or rule out a diagnosis, and, consequently, diagnostic information is not available until completion of the evaluation. Insurance companies commonly require a copy of the psychological report to confirm this medical necessity. Please note that insurance companies do not cover for testing that is educational in nature (i.e., to rule out a learning disorder, giftedness, etc.), as they do not consider this to be of medical necessity. More recently, insurance companies have also denied coverage of testing for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Our testing policy requires payment to be made prior to or at the time that testing occurs. Typically, we meet with you or your child for an informational gathering session to determine the reasons why testing is being sought. If you have insurance and we are in-network with them we can bill this session through your insurance. After testing and the evaluation has occurred, if you have insurance and are interested in seeking reimbursement for some of your testing expense, we will be happy to provide a detailed invoice once the testing is completed and payment has been made.
We do not submit insurance claims directly to insurance companies for testing. This is the insured’s responsibility. It is advisable for you to contact your insurance company directly to obtain a detailed explanation of your benefits and procedures for submitting claims related to evaluations, including any authorizations required prior to testing. If needed, we will complete any clinical forms required by the insurance company (such as treatment plans or prior authorization forms); however, it is the insured’s responsibility to inform us of what is required by your insurance policy.
We offer different types of evaluations and assessments, including:
Academic, Learning Disabilities, and Vocational:
These evaluations can:
- Help identify the nature or source of academic challenges preventing individuals from moving forward in school, college and work.
- Clarify or address issues with reading comprehension, math skills, study skills and habits.
- Identify strengths and weaknesses, as well as any special accommodations required for taking standardized tests such as the SAT, GRE or individual state tests including FCAT.
- Pinpoint career paths and/or goals based on interest, aptitude, or personality characteristics.
Psychodiagnostic Assessment and Evaluation:
These assessments and evaluations are useful in:
- Diagnosing and/or clarifying diagnosis to identify the cause of psychological problems.
- Identifying the presence of a mental illness, emotional problems, or personality dysfunction.
- Guiding treatment, setting goals, monitoring problems, and identifying strengths and weaknesses.
- Assist with substance abuse, alcohol and drug dependency, addictions, and other chemical dependency issues.
In addition to providing useful information for your counselor, psychodiagnostic reports and also be conducted for:
- Court proceedings
- Disability determinations
- Workers compensation
- Immigration issues
- Autism and mental retardation determinations
- Parenting Capacity assessments
This specialized type of evaluation helps us:
- Accurately detect dementia or other mental or cognitive problems
- Identify mental or cognitive problems associated with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, or stroke.
- Recognize the cause of cognitive problems when individuals have memory problems related to dementia or because of other medical conditions such as depression, stress and anxiety.