Frequently Asked Questions
INSURANCE & PAYMENT POLICY
I am an out-of-network provider, which means that I do not participate in Medicare, Medicaid, or any other insurance plans. You are responsible for the full cost of the session, and should contact your insurance to determine if you have out-of-network mental health benefits.
Most patients submit for reimbursement through their insurance. At the beginning of each month, I can provide you with a monthly invoice with all the necessary information to submit to your insurance for out-of-network services. Then, your insurance will be able to reimburse you directly.
The default payment method at the time of visit is the credit, debit or FSA/HSA card information you submit. At this time, I am unable to accept payments by cash or check for telepsychiatry visits.
My fees are comparable to other psychiatrists with similar credentials in NYC. Please schedule a free 10 minute New Patient Introductory Call to discuss the fee schedule.
IN OFFICE VISITS
I see patients once a week in an office conveniently located near Union Square. Please note that patients <18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for all in person visits.
Telepsychiatry is a form of telehealth/telemedicine that allows you to conveniently access psychiatric care through an audio-video interface with network and software security protocols in place that protect patient confidentiality. Secure platforms used can include Google Meet, Zoom, and other applications over private WiFi and cellular networks. Public internet and WiFi are not confidential. Please be aware that some out-of-network insurance plans do not cover telehealth/telemedicine visits.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
You can schedule an appointment here. If you are a potential patient, please schedule a free 10 minute New Patient Introductory Call first. Early morning and late evening weekday appointments are sometimes available.
VIEW UPCOMING APPOINTMENTS
You may view your upcoming appointments by clicking the BOOK NOW button, selecting "Manage Appointments," and entering your e-mail.
CANCELLATION, MISSED APPOINTMENT & LATE POLICY
I understand that life can be unpredictable. With enough advanced notice, I'll try my best to work with your circumstances.
If you are late for an appointment, you will be seen for the remainder of the reserved appointment time. If you need to cancel/reschedule an appointment, please give 48 business hours advanced notice or else you will be charged in full. Business hours are considered weekdays from Monday through Friday and exclude all Federal holidays. Missed appointments will also be charged in full. Please note that insurance companies can only be billed for sessions that occur, and will not reimburse for these late cancellation and missed appointment charges.
The best way to cancel/reschedule is by clicking the BOOK NOW button, selecting "Manage Appointments," and entering your e-mail. Notice can also be provided by phone call, voicemail, or e-mail, and NOT text message.
The office makes an effort to send appointment reminders to the e-mail or cell phone you provided on your intake form. If the appointment reminder is not received, the 48 hour cancellation policy still applies.
You can contact me by phone call, voicemail, or e-mail. I do not respond to text message. For more pressing matters, please call me first. If you have a less pressing matter, you may e-mail me. For significant clinical questions, please book an appointment with me.
Please be aware that the office is not staffed 24/7 and I may not be able to return your call immediately. Whenever possible, voicemail and e-mail messages are returned within 2 business days. Messages left after Friday 5PM and on weekends may not be reviewed until the following business day. Business days are considered weekdays from Monday through Friday and exclude all Federal holidays.
Please be aware that e-mail allows for limited confidentiality and is not a 100% confidential way to transmit personal health information. When disclosing personal information electronically, there are security limitations. Face to face office visits allow for the most privacy.
PRESCRIPTION RENEWAL REQUESTS
Refills should be requested during appointments. If a refill is needed between visits, please allow up to 3 business days for your request to be processed and for the electronic prescription to be issued to your pharmacy. Requests can be made by phone call, voicemail, or e-mail, and NOT text message. If you have an urgent need for a refill, please call first. If you wish to change the pharmacy, you can request that your preferred pharmacy contact your previous pharmacy to obtain the prescription.
Prescription renewal requests MUST include:
Full legal name
Date of birth
Pharmacy address INCLUDING zip code
Medication name (if needed: specify brand v. generic, tablet v. liquid, etc.)
Medication frequency (eg. daily, three times per day, etc.)
How much medication is left
Your personal information and records are kept confidential and secure. I will not release your information without your consent. The only situation where I am required to break confidentiality is in case of an emergency where there is imminent danger to your life or the life of another person.
In the event of an emergency crisis or life threatening emergency, please call 911, go to a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), or go to your nearest emergency room.
Urgent needs should be communicated by phone or in person, NOT through e-mail or text messaging. Please be aware that the office is not staffed 24/7 and I may not be able to return your call immediately. Additional resources are as follows:
NYC Well: NYC's free, confidential support, crisis intervention, and information and referral service for anyone seeking help for mental health and/or substance misuse concerns, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Talk by calling 1-888-NYC-WELL. Text "WELL" to "65173” Chat online here.
Crisis Text Line: New York State has partnered with Crisis Text Line, an anonymous texting service available 24/7. Starting a conversation is easy. Text GOT5 to 741741.
OASAS HOPEline: New York State’s 24/7 problem gambling and chemical dependency hotline. For Help and Hope call 1-877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: If your life or someone else's is in imminent danger, please call 911. If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call: 988
Domestic Violence: If you or someone else is in a relationship is being controlled by another individual through verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, or other tactics, please call: 1-800-942-6906
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Learn more about the new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available July 16, 2022.
Suicide Prevention: If your life or someone else's is in imminent danger, please call 911. If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call (800) 273-8255, 24/7.