FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO YOU DO THERAPY/COUNSELING? Dr. Hill does not provide therapy/counseling services. The sole focus of this practice is psychological evaluation. However, the evaluation might prompt a referral to a therapist or provide a therapist with important information to use in therapy.

DO YOU PRESCRIBE MEDICATIONS? Dr. Hill does not prescribe medications. However, the evaluation might prompt a referral to a prescribing provider or provide a prescriber with important information to use in medication management.

DO YOU DO ADHD EVALUATIONS? Yes. We evaluate people for ADHD. When ADHD is suspected we test attention and other abilities and symptoms in order to rule-out other causes for your struggles. What might be called an “ADHD Evaluation” is more involved than simply a few attention tests. In addition to the importance of accuracy and completeness, it seems medication prescribers are increasingly requesting formal testing to assist in confirming ADHD while ruling-out other causes. The testing process also helps give credence to your self-report of symptoms.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS LIKE? If using in-network insurance, testing usually involves (1) an initial history-taking appointment (i.e., “intake); (2) a second (testing) appointment lasting a few hours for most children and adults; and, (3) a follow-up (feedback) appointment during which Dr. Hill asks follow-up questions, gives you testing feedback, and his impressions and recommendations. A formal written report will be written after the follow-up appointment is complete. If you are paying out of pocket or filing out-of-network insurance claims, the entire testing process can be completed in the same day in many cases. The report will still be prepared after the appointment. Forensic, court-ordered, and other specific evaluations follow a different process and the process will depend on the specific evaluation needs.

WHAT IS THIS GOING TO COST IF I PAY FOR MYSELF AND/OR I AM OUT-OF-NETWORK? The typical cost of a clinical evaluation that is self-pay or out-of-network ranges from $1200 to $2000 depending on your specific circumstances. Your insurance company might not reimburse you, or might reimburse you a significant amount of money, if you file an out-of-network claim. The amount you are reimbursed, if any, will depend on your insurance company. We will file the claim as a courtesy if you request, but we cannot guarantee that your insurance company will reimburse you.

WHAT IS THIS GOING TO COST IF DR. HILL IS IN-NETWORK WITH MY INSURANCE? Individuals using in-network insurance plans are subject to fees from copays, deductibles, and denials, and we will provide you a ballpark, good-faith estimate prior to the onset of testing.

WHAT DOES A NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL OR FORENSIC EVALUATION COST? Forensic, Neuropsychological, and other specific and specialized evaluations are billed differently from clinical evaluations and we will discuss those rates based on the specific evaluation being conducted. You will be quoted an exact or near exact amount of money at the onset of the evaluation.

WHAT IS THE “TURNAROUND TIME?” The time it takes to complete an evaluation and receive your written report varies based on many factors (e.g., in-network insurance evaluations normally require separate appointments for intake, testing, and possibly follow-up). Most people can expect their clinical evaluation report to be ready between 1- and 4-weeks after follow-up. When you first contact us, we can normally schedule the initial appointment (intake) between 1- and 4-weeks out. The testing appointment is normally scheduled 1- to 2-weeks after the initial appointment; and, the follow-up is normally scheduled a week after the testing.

CAN YOU DO A COURT-ORDERED EVALUATION? CAN YOU GET ME IN BEFORE MY COURT DATE TOMORROW? We can see you for your court-ordered evaluation, but we cannot complete an evaluation by tomorrow. We are normally booked out at least 1-week, and most evaluations will take multiple hours. Also, report preparation takes time. Also, courts and attorneys usually want a report 2-weeks before any hearing or trial, in order to allow time for review. It is recommended you contact us AT LEAST 4- to 6-weeks prior to your hearing or trial. Dr. Hill will also need a copy of the Court Order to make sure he understands the purpose of the evaluation and completes the appropriate evaluation. Dr. Hill performs most common types of court-ordered/forensic evaluations, but does not conduct the following types of evaluations: Psychosexual evaluations; Immigration evaluations; or, Restoration of firearms rights. Dr. Hill may also decline to take on other types of forensic evaluations on a case-by-case basis.