Appointments are scheduled by telephone following a brief conversation about your particular needs and situation. Please call at (504) 482-1412 and leave a confidential voice message with your name, telephone number, and some best times to receive a return phone call. Referrals from physicians are welcome, but prospective patients do not need to have a physician referral to make an initial appointment for services.
Consultation, evaluation, testing, and therapeutic service fees are set by the hour and depend upon the type of service provided (individual psychotherapy, family therapy, psychological testing, etc.) and the location (in-office, school, hospital etc.). Psychological evaluations will include time billed for collecting data, scoring, interpretation and report-writing. The fee for an initial consultation is $250.
Full payment for fees are due at time of the appointment. Multiple standing appointments should be paid monthly in advance. Dr. Newman accepts personal checks, cash, and Master Card or Visa debit and credit cards. School consultation or reports must be paid in advance.
Dr. Newman is an "in network" provider for select national, federal, and Louisiana Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO plans only. As a courtesy, our office will file on your behalf, or provide you with the information you need to file for reimbursement on your own, with any insurance plans or programs (e.g. Blue Cross/Blue Shield HMO, Coventry, Guilsbar, Tricare, United, Magellan, Humana, Value Options, Cigna etc.). Insurance claims for services will only be filed by our office on your written request.
Determination of health insurance coverage can be rather complex: We will help new patients anticipate reimbursement rates from their insurance plan, but we can not guarantee specific reimbursement amounts. Rarely are amounts known until after an insurance company actually pays the benefits for a claim that is submitted a number of weeks later. We do not accept partial fee payments for any out-of-network insurance plans. Co-payments or co-insurance (a percentage of the fee) will be accepted at the time of visit only for verified "in-network" plans after the patient has met any deductible amount. Some health insurance plans do not have a deductible amount, some have a high deductible. Typically, a plan that has an annual deductible amount resets at the start of each calendar year (often on January 1, but sometimes July 1). At this time, Dr. Newman is an "in-network" provider for select BC/BS PPO plans only. For HMO plans, including Louisiana Blue Cross/Blue Shield HMO, Dr. Newman is an out-of-network provider. All out-of-network plan participants are responsible for payment of fees in full at the time of service.
24-hour Cancellation and Missed Appointment Policy
Appointments are time held exclusively in reserve for your specific use. You may change your appointment by calling the office at (504) 482-1412 or by sending an email to Dr.Newman@me.com within 24 hours of the scheduled visit. Both methods time and date stamp the message. Missed appointments can not be billed to insurance carriers. Full session fees ($200/session) will be charged for missed appointments that are not cancelled within this 24-hour advance time frame. Appointments that are scheduled for a Monday must be cancelled by the previous Friday during business hours.
Confidentiality and Privacy of Information
The privacy of your sensitive information is extremely important. This trust is protected and backed by the law. The law protects the relationship between a patient and a psychologist as privileged and protected health information. Information will not be disclosed without express written permission by the patient (or the patient's parents or legal guardians in the case of a minor child). As a rule, private information about your personal treatment will never be shared with family, friends, employers, or schools without your explicit and particular request to do so.
Exceptions to the privacy of information include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a patient is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a patient intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.