Gladstone providers participate in network for several insurance companies. If your provider works with your insurance company, your fee will simply be your copay once you’ve met your health plan’s annual deductible amount. Otherwise, your charges will be as below:
- Initial appointment $250
- f/u medication visit (25 minutes) $150
- buprenorphine induction $250
- missed appointment fee $75
In general, you own your health information, and (with some exceptions) you can choose who receives this and who doesn’t. As a rule, your treatment is best when all your healthcare providers have the ability to communicate with each other. To this end, your Gladstone provider will want you to complete written releases of information so that he can contact your primary care provider, psychotherapist, and other medical professionals with whom you’re working.
From time to time, it may make sense for your provider to speak with someone other than your formal treatment team, such as with a family member. Unless this is a true emergency situation, she or he will ask for your written consent to do so.
HIPAA and other laws include exceptions to strict information privacy. For example, when your Gladstone provider bills your insurance company, he will need to provide your psychiatric diagnosis and describe the type of service he provided. Also, if you present a very high risk for harm towards yourself or others, he or she will need to reach out to other people such as family, other healthcare providers, or law enforcement personnel. If there’s a legal obligation to release your records such as with a subpoena, your treatment information may be disclosed. Additionally, Maryland requires “mandated reporters” such as physicians, nurse practitioners and therapists to report current or past child abuse to child protection services.
Gladstone does not double-book patients. The time set aside for you is for you alone. Of course, there are reasons patients need to cancel an appointment, and this is fine provided you give adequate notice. The more time in advance you can cancel your appointment, the better our ability to meet the needs of other patients on waiting lists. A minimum of 24 hours notice is requested; please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 443-708-5856. A late cancellation will be treated as a no show.
Emergencies happen, and you will not be penalized for missing an appointment due to one. However, your appointment time is exclusively for you. If you miss an appointment for a reason that’s not a legitimate emergency, you will be charged $75.
Psychiatrists typically provide prescription refills to last until the next scheduled appointment. In unusual circumstances, your psychiatrist will call in prescriptions. While it might seem inconvenient, the spirit behind this policy is to ensure you’re continuing to get the right medication and right dosing for your health condition.
For routine matters, patients should call their psychiatrist using the office phone, 443-708-5856. Staff will return calls as soon as they can.
For emergencies, patients may contact their clinician as agreed as part of a treatment plan. However, Gladstone providers don’t provide treatment or appointment time over the phone, so most calls will be focused on setting up the next appointment as soon as possible.