Fees and Payment

What does the evaluation cost cover?

 

My fees are comparable to those of other psychologists in the Bay Area.

Evaluations usually last between 15-30 hrs, including clinical interviews, interviews of collateral sources, record review, testing, test scoring and interpretation, feedback session, and report writing. As information is gathered, I might recommend additional testing. The assessment process does not end until I can answer all your questions and concerns.

The cost of evaluations cover:

  • Initial meeting and interview

  • Parent/caregiver interview 

  • Review of relevant records

  • Interview of collateral sources

  • Face-to-face test administration

  • Scoring of administered tests and rating scales

  • Test protocols and scoring fees

  • Emails and phone calls needed for testing

  • Feedback session(s)

  • Detailed written report

At times, a full evaluation is not required and I am able to provide recommendations based on a consult or a targeted evaluation. Consults are billed at my hourly rate of 295.

Evaluations are billed at the rates below. A flat fee allows me to spend as much time as needed working with you to assure all your questions and concerns are addressed. Please contact me for cost estimates for evaluations that do not fit any of these categories:

  • Adult ADHD and related psychological conditions: 4425

  • Child ADHD and related psychological conditions: 4950

  • Targeted academic achievement/learning disabilities: 3540

  • Psychoeducational assessment: 4950

  • ADHD and academic achievement/learning disabilities: 5300 

  • Adult Autism Spectrum: 4425

  • Child and Adolescent Autism Spectrum: 4720

  • ADHD, Autism Spectrum, and related psychological conditions: 5900

  • ADHD, Autism Spectrum, and academic achievement: 6500

  • Comprehensive neuropsychological assessment: 5900

  • IQ Testing: $880 

Travel, school observations, and meeting attendance are billed at my hourly rate of 295.

Do you take insurance?

I am not in-network with any insurance company. If you have a PPO (preferred provider organization), your insurance may reimburse you fully or partially for the evaluation as part of your "out of network" benefits.

To help make the process easier for you, I will provide you with a statement (superbill) at the end of the evaluation which includes all of the necessary information to submit to an insurance company.

I recommend that you call your insurance company and ask them about their coverage for out-of-network psychological evaluations, specifically:

  • What coverage is available for out-of-network psychological/neuropsychological assessment for the diagnosis in question? (e.g., ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, dementia, etc.)

  • How much will you be reimbursed per assessment hour/half hour? The typical assessment "CPT" codes are: 90791, 96130, 96131, 96136, 96137.

What are some advantages of private pay evaluations?

  • There is a shorter wait to be seen. Organizations that take insurance often have waitlists of 6 months or more. 

  • Personalized care and individualized reports that are not "cookie-cutter."

  • The thoroughness of the evaluation is not compromised by insurance reimbursement limits.

  • The evaluator has access to the best, most recently updated measures.

  • You will have control over the experience —decisions about care will not be in the hands of the insurance company.

  • You will not have to accept an evaluator who does not have the proper depth/breadth of expertise to match your questions and concerns.

  • You have privacy - results will not be shared with insurance companies or anyone else (unless you request it.)

Psychoeducational evaluations:

  • Evaluations done by schools do not provide a medical diagnosis and do not include recommendations for anything except educational interventions. 

  • School psychologists are master-level clinicians who do not have training in personality/neuropsychological measures and have limited (i.e., very narrow) training in test interpretation.

  • Evaluations done by schools may be done in pieces by several different professionals so parents don’t get a synthesized, comprehensive understanding of how to help their child.  

  • I provide objective recommendations that are not biased by the school or school district.

  • I am available to attend school meetings as your child's advocate.