How do I know you are the right therapist for me? While there is no way to know if we will be a good fit, I encourage you to look through the rest of my website. I have done my best to provide as much information about my philosophy, specialties and experience on this website. If this website resonates with you, then I might be the right therapist for you.
Are you a participating provider in any health insurance plans? No. I do not accept insurance, but will provide you a monthly receipt which has all of the proper insurance codes to submit to your insurance company if you pursue out of network benefits. It is best to call your insurance company before making an appointment so that you can fully understand what the cost will be to you. A sample conversation you can have with your insurance company could be, “I am going to a clinical psychologist for an initial intake and likely follow up with weekly psychotherapy. She does not accept any insurance so I would like to know what my out of network benefits are. Dr. Sachs' NPI # is 1700229663, and the CPT codes that she will most likely use will be 90791, 90834, and 90847. Based on that, can you tell me what percentage/dollar amount I can expect to be reimbursed?"
Some follow up questions:
1. Is there a cap (maximum amount) you will pay for an office visit/given year? 2. Do I have a deductible I must first meet? If so, how much is that? 3. Do I need preauthorization? If so, can you grant me preauthorization to see this provider with the information I just gave you. 4. Is there a specific claim form I must use to submit claims and if so, where can I access that? 5. How much time after a doctor’s visit do I have to submit a claim?”
Are you a Medicare participating provider? No. I do not accept Medicare. If you are currently enrolled in Medicare and wish to be seen by me, we can enter into a private contract in which you will be charged at my regular fee. I can provide you with a copy of my Medicare opt-out affidavit upon request.
What are your fees, what form of payment do you accept, and when is payment due? I conduct an initial intake meeting lasting 120 minutes. The fee for the intake is $500. Follow up 45 minute sessions are $300. Depending on a patient's need, I see patients for extended sessions of 60 minutes ($400), double sessions of 90 minutes ($600) or schedule an intensive outpatient plan. I see a limited number of sliding scale patients at time. For more information on sliding scale you can inquire at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I accept all major credit cards check and cash as form of payment. Payment is due on the date of service. If you are paying by cash or check payment is due on the day you have a session with me.
How can I be sure my therapy is confidential?
The law protects the privacy of all communications between a patient and a psychologist. In most situations, I can only release information about your treatment to others if you give me your written and signed authorization. There are some limits to confidentiality which include, for example, a requirement for me to contact others without patient authorization if a patient threatens to harm himself/herself, I learn of a situation where a child is being abused or neglected or if a patient communicates an immediate threat of serious physical harm to an identifiable victim. Such situations are extremely rare in my practice, but if one arose during your treatment, I would make every effort to fully discuss it with you before taking any action and I would limit my disclosure to only necessary information.
Information regarding Dr. Alicino: At the initial meeting, Dr. Alicino conducts an intake lasting 120 minutes ($350). Follow up sessions are typically 45 minutes ($200). Depending on a patient’s need Dr. Alicino can see patients for extended sessions of 60 minutes ($260), or double sessions of 90 minutes ($400). Payment is expected at the time of service; you can pay by credit card, check or cash.
Dr. Alicino does not accept insurance or Medicare, but she will provide any necessary paperwork to submit to your insurance company if you pursue out of network benefits. While insurance companies may provide reimbursement, as is the case with any out-of-network psychologist, there are no guarantees for reimbursement. If your insurance company denies reimbursement and working with Dr. Alicino becomes cost-prohibitive, please inquire about our sliding scale policy.