Frequently Asked Questions
At what age should a neuropsychological evaluation be performed?
Age-appropriate tests are used for child, adolescent, and adult evaluation. Therefore, an individual of any age can be evaluated.
How long will the appointment last?
The answer to this question depends on the reason for evaluation, the patient's
medical history, and complexity of the individual case. Appointments generally range
in duration from four to eight hours. Before an appointment, we will ask you to complete some history and registration forms. These forms may be downloaded from this web site, or we will mail them directly to you. Completing these forms in advance will help your doctor prioritize the time you spend in our office.
Does CNS file claims with insurance companies?
CNS is insurance friendly. As a patient, you have the responsibility for filing the claim and your insurance company will pay you directly. However, CNS will provide you with the appropriate paperwork, including a description of the service, date of service, evaluation procedure code, a listing of all tests administered, time required for the evaluation, and the diagnosis code. Check with your insurance provider about your coverage for specific information. Payment for all services (evaluation and therapy) is expected at the time of the first appointment.
Does CNS accept Medicare?
Yes, our office is a Medicare provider.
What should I expect if I’m being evaluated?
Our doctors are experienced in working with people of various ages and from all
types of backgrounds. We understand that some people may feel nervous about
getting tested. We strive to treat our patients with the highest respect and to make
each person feel as comfortable as possible. Testing is conducted in a private room
with one of our staff. Patients will be asked to complete various tasks that involve
thinking and information processing. Most people find the tasks to be interesting and feel that they have gotten a good "mental workout." We also encourage our patients to take breaks when needed.
How does a neuropsychological evaluation differ from a learning disability
assessment done at school?
Learning disability assessments usually focus upon measuring IQ-academic achievement discrepancies. If attention is assessed, it is usually done by having an observer fill out a behavior rating scale. All of this provides information about comparing a student to his/her peers for identifying problems. A neuropsychological evaluation is an interactive assessment that uses standardized procedures to understand the process of how and why an individual behaves, struggles, or fails. The focus is upon understanding the reasons for the problem. The results should be linked to interventions, which may or may not be school based.
How quickly with I receive the results?
Evaluation results are typically completed within 2-3 weeks.
What will be done to protect my privacy?
Information that we receive in the course of patient care is kept strictly confidential. No information is released to a third party without a patient's explicit authorization, except in the following circumstances. The law requires psychologists to:
- Report any disclosure or evidence of physical or sexual abuse of a child to authorities.
- Report any abuse of an elderly or disabled person to authorities.
- Report the probability of imminent physical injury to the patient or others.
- Respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal proceedings or statutes requiring disclosures.
Please ask the doctor if you have any questions regarding the limits of confidentiality.