Northwoods Clinic
Background:
My private practice is small, but available for new child and adolescent patients. It is mostly a fee for service as I am not a provider for United Healthcare/UBH, Anthem, Humana, Medicaid, Caresource, Medicare etc. at this practice site, sorry.

I am a provider for: Ohiohealth’s Healthy Medical Plan, Aetna, Beech Street PPO, ChoiceCare, Cigna, Cofinity (formerly PPOM), First Health (Includes Coventry Health Care), Great-West Healthcare, HealthSmart, Medical Mutual of Ohio/SuperMed (*Note: Not MMO through the State of Ohio-they use UBH for mental health. Please examine your card carefully), Meijer, Ohio Health Choice, and Stratos (Includes OPN-Ohio Preferred Network, NPPN, Coalition America, and 4MOST).
That does mean for most, each service must be paid for at the time of the visit and you would seek reimbursement from your insurance company, if available from them.

Fees : New patient evaluation (Child and Adolescent) Two sessions, 50 minutes: $180.00 each.
Session 1 is parent(s) without the child/adolescent.
Session 2 is the child/adolescent followed by parent(s).
Follow-up appointment (30 minutes): $125.00

How To arrange the first of two intake appointments:

  1. First, read all the information on this page and assure this practice is a good fit for you.
  2. Go to the "Sign in" page (page 2). A form should pop up on that page. Complete the form and submit your information,
  3. Go to the Downloads Page and download the appropriate forms to complete before your appointment. Bring those with you to the meeting. There is no need to send ahead of time unless you would like to.
That's it! I will contact you from your submitted information and we will arrange our first of the two initial meetings.
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1. Why aren’t you on many insurance panels?
I wish I could be on more panels but some insurance companies don’t reimburse well enough to cover the cost of practice and for the time it takes to do good assessments on children and adolescents. They also don’t cover the longer time it takes to work with children and families. Maybe they will change in future and if they do, I will be happy to join.
2. My insurance company/booklet/website says you are a provider?
Since I work as a contracted psychiatrist for several other facilities providing inpatient care, they often have signed contracts with companies. The insurance companies will list me as a provider for their company, but this is for inpatient services at those facilities under their tax identification number. If you look closely, the address listed for me is not my private practice address.
3. How do I get reimbursed?
Some insurance companies and plans won’t allow for you to see an “out-of-network” provider and get reimbursed. Others will, but it will be at a reduced rate. You will have to explore your specific plan and talk to your insurance company for details.
4. How do I pay? Do you accept credit cards?
Check, cash or credit card is fine. You will be given a receipt at the end of the session that you can use for seeking reimbursement, if applicable.
5. What can I expect in the sessions?
The initial evaluation is divided into two sessions. The first session will be an interview with a parent/parents to obtain background information and to clarify concerns. The second session is where the child/adolescent will come to complete the evaluation and at the end of that session, parent(s) will be included in a discussion about potential treatment, if applicable.
Most follow up sessions will and need to involve the parent. These are ultimately medical appointments. These are not meant to replace the work you may be doing with your therapist. Some people imagine what psychiatry is like by watching television or movies. The reality is that it is really nothing like most of what you see. We are focused on diagnostic and medical treatment issues and this needs to involve you and your child, both individually and conjointly working together as a team to remove roadblocks to normal healthy development.
6. Will you communicate with my therapist/primary care doctor?
With a signed release, I will send copies of my notes to your therapist or primary care physician if you like. That way they can know what we are doing together and connect if they have questions or things to add.

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry