Fees

Triangle Child Psychology is a fee-for-service, or private pay, practice and does not accept insurance.  However, Dr. Luley’s licenses, training, and education will allow you to be reimbursed for out-of-network reimbursement with your insurance plan if this is part of your policy.  Upon request, you will be provided with an invoice (superbill) which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

The fee for an initial intake interview is $265 and generally lasts between 60-90 minutes.

The hourly rate for follow-up consultations, therapy, and assessments is $175 per hour.

 

The total cost of each assessment varies depending on the type of evaluation that is required to answer the referral questions for your child.  Each assessment is uniquely tailored to each child and the type of evaluation necessary is determined during the intake session prior to the start of testing with your child.  Rates are based on time needed to complete a review of records, face-to-face assessment, scoring and interpretation, consultation with outside providers, report writing, and parent feedback.  If, during the initial interview, the decision is made that an evaluation is not needed, only the fee for the interview will be charged.

An estimate for the assessment will be provided at the initial Parent Interview, but rates generally range as follows:

Focused Developmental or Academic Assessments:  $1,000 – 1,600

Psychoeducational, Neuropsychological, & More Comprehensive Assessments:  $1,800 – 2,600

 

Why does TCP choose to not accept insurance?

Most insurance companies do not cover psychological testing for developmental delays or learning issues, as they deem these services “educational” rather than “medical,” even if the provider is ‘in-network.’  Insurance companies only pay for things that are ‘medically necessary.’  This means that someone has to actually diagnose the patient with a mental health disorder AND prove that it is impacting their health on a daily basis.  Fortunately, many parents seek treatment before their child’s issue would meet criteria for diagnosis as a mental health disorder.  Your insurance company will tell you, “A quote for benefits does not guarantee payment…”  This means that you can be told over the phone that something is covered and you can be given an authorization number, but you can still be denied once they review the diagnosis.  Another issue is that preapprovals involve the insurance company granting permission for each and every individual test that will be administered, prior to the start of the testing process.  Since each assessment is tailored to your child and the referral question, Dr. Luley may refine the test battery after she starts working with and getting to know your child, rather than administering the same tests to each child.  This individualized approach does not fit with the insurance preapproval process.  Lastly, providers are typically required to give a mental health diagnosis/code in order to receive reimbursement.  This is problematic if in fact your child does not meet criteria for a diagnosis, and it also requires that any diagnoses be shared with third parties, which violates your privacy.

 

Payments

Payments may be made via cash, check, credit card, or HSA (Health Savings Account) card.  For intake sessions,  consultations, and therapy appointments, payment is due at the time of service.  For assessments, 50% of the balance is due when the first testing session is scheduled, and the balance is due at the last testing session.

 

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you may be charged a cancellation fee.

 

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