FAQ

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Emergencies

If you have an emergency, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.
As a solo physician, I do not have weekend or evening coverage.  

You can also call the 24-hour King County Crisis Line at 211. 


Getting Started

# Do I need a referral?
No. I accept patients without a referral from their primary care physician. 


# Do you provide treatment over the phone or Skype™?
On a case by case basis, I can provide appointments by video-conferencing technology. If this is of interest to you, please, let me know when we meet for a face-to-face evaluation.

# What happens after I contact you?
If you want to become a patient, my intake coordinator will call you back within 2 business days, and see if I provide the services you are looking for and schedule a first appointment, if you wish.

# What will happen in my first appointment? 

We will meet and go over what your concerns are, your medical and personal history, preferences for treatment and so forth. That will also be an opportunity to see if we are a good fit to work together, and make a plan of action for your treatment. 

Diversity

# Are you accepting of LGBT people?

Absolutely. I do not discriminate against gender, sexual identity, race, nationality, political views, religion, spiritual practices, etc. In fact, I believe that understanding each person as they are is paramount to a good treatment relationship. Come as you are. 

Services

# What conditions do you treat? 

I treat most psychiatric conditions. Some require medications, others psychotherapy, others both. If you already have a therapist, let me know and we can discuss each of our roles in your treatment. 


# What services do you NOT provide?

  • Emotional Support Animal Letters 
  • Disability Evaluations   
  • Forensic Evaluations   
  • L&I assessments 
  • Assessments for ability to return to work, ability to own a weapon, ability to drive a certain vehicle, etc.
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation / Electroconvulsive Therapy – I can refer you to outside services.
  • Suboxone Treatment   
  • Couples or Family Therapy   
  • Court-ordered treatment, or treatment under the Washington Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA)  
     
  • # What is the age range of patients you serve?

18 years old and above. 

Communication / Telepsychiatry

# Do you respond to phone calls outside office hours?

No, I do not provide after-hours and weekend coverage. I return most emails and phone calls within 2 business days. 


# Do you correspond with patients by email?

Yes, but please remember that email is not a secure form of communication. Please, do not include personal or sensitive information in your email. For current patients, my patient portal is the most secure way to message me. 


# Will you communicate with my PCP or other specialists?

I believe communication between providers is very valuable, especially when it comes to medication management. At the same time, you may want to keep some matters private. We can discuss your preferences and decide how much information you feel comfortable sharing. 


# Telepsychiatry

  • In some cases I may offer you the option to have appointments by video-conferencing technology, such as Skype, for your convenience.   
  • This may not be suitable to all patients. 
  • If that is something you desire, I do require at least one initial face-to-face evaluation, and one face-to-face visit each year.   

Cancellations / Billing / Fees / Insurance

# What if I have to cancel or miss my appointment?

  • You will not be charged for cancellations made more than 24 hours in advance. 
  • You can cancel by sending me an email, or leaving me a voice mail. Do not send SMS texts to my office number, as they will not go through.  
  • Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance are billed at 1/2 the appointment rate. 
  • Missed appointments are billed at the same rate as the scheduled length of time of your visit. 
  • If you are more than 15 minutes late I consider that a missed appointment. 
  • Your insurance will likely not reimburse you for this type of fee.


# Do you charge other fees?

Yes. Besides appointment fees, I charge modest fees for a few services: 

  • Phone call - less than 5 minutes: no charge
  • Phone calls over 5 minutes, prior-authorization for medications, forms, etc: Pro-rated charge based on an hourly rate of $235.
  • Your insurance will likely not reimburse you for this type of fee. 


# How do I get paid by my insurance? 

Depending on your policy, your insurance may reimburse you for part of the visit cost. Click on "Fees / Insurance" above for a guide on what to ask your insurance.


# What if I have Medicare?

I am a participating provider with Medicare and currently I provide consultation services to Medicare patients through Swedish Medical Group. At this time I am not taking Medicare patients in my private practice. If you have Medicare and your primary care doctor works at any of the Swedish clinics, ask them about how to be referred.