A Question - Very Confuse

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Registered: 10-03-2003
A Question - Very Confuse
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Thu, 11-08-2012 - 11:32am

I need help in making a decission on the Neuro evaluation.  I met with the school last Friday and the they gave me a choice of two facilities to have the neoropsychological evaluation.  Their preferred facility, which is a practice with multiple doctors, is booking into February right now, so they suggested another doctor who is booking for November and December -- the second choice is not a practice just that doctor.  I have heard about the practice facility, but don't know anything about this other doctor, so I'm confused.  My thoughts are a practice with multiple experts is better because you can get different perspective and therefore a more conprehensive evaluation.  What are your thoughts?  What should I ask for or look for?  Thanks. 

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Thu, 11-08-2012 - 1:46pm

Call each of the offices and ask them what a typical appointment is like.  We've done both (surprise).  With the center here, the eval is performed by 1 person, you are being interviewed by another person - not a group thing.  To get services, that was a group evaluation.  We got to chose which specialist types were in the group (we chose cognitive, developmental, and sensory OT).  We've also seen someone who does a psychoed eval.  She was one person practice.  She was very highly regarded and our autism center said her results matched hers at least 90% of the time.  She tested very different things though than our autism center.  When I called, I told them I needed to get testing done for ..., who recommended it.  I had no idea what that entailed, could they walk me through the process.  They were VERY nice about it.  I called back 2 more times with additional questions before making our decision.

Hope that helps.
Karen

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Fri, 11-09-2012 - 9:31pm

Thanks a lot Mom-ladybug.  I have left messages for the two places and I'm waiting to hear back from them.  I feel the school is trying to push me to take the doctor who has an immediate opening, but I want to do my homework first and make sure that is the right course.   I'm actually wondering if it is necessary to go through the school for the neuro-psych evaluation.  I'm considering using my insurance instead and having the school do their own evaluation which is due next March.  I'm really confuse.  Did you find the neuro evaluation useful.  Please share your experience if it is ok.

Thanks, Grace.

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Sat, 11-10-2012 - 9:22am

Our insurance did not pay.  We went through the early intervention system because we were so young.  At school age, you have to go through the school system to get it paid by the state.  When you talk to the offices, get the codes for the eval, then call your insurance.  Also ask the offices what the costs are if you pay out of pocket.

When we did the psycho-ed eval, we had done so many other evals I was able to pick the testing that filled in the gaps only.  It reduced our cost by over half.  I sent the tester my results from the other eval and got a summary with all the information from all the exams.

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Tue, 11-13-2012 - 3:22pm

Thanks a lot, I finally got a call back from one of the facilities and off course they don't take insurance, however, they have given me the procedure code to check with my insurance to see if I will be reimbursed.  Thanks a lot for your help.

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Thu, 11-15-2012 - 2:35pm
Have you heard anything back from the insurance company? That's such a tough decision to make.

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Fri, 11-16-2012 - 12:45pm

Thanks for checking in Melissa.  Yes, my insurance is a high deductible HSA, so it will be covered, but as out of network coverage, so I have withdrew my request with the school system; this case they can do thier own required three year re-evaluation.  And I can take my time to fine a good facility or doctor to pursue the neuro-psych evaluation and have the luxury to compare results.