All of the following information, as well as the form that pertains specifically to an individual client, can also be found in the document Good Faith Estimate (2022). As of January 1, 2023, please see this updated version of the Good Faith Estimate for 2023.
Effective January 1, 2022, a ruling went into effect called the “No Surprises Act,” which requires mental health practitioners to provide a “Good Faith Estimate” (GFE) about out-of-network care to any patient who is uninsured or who is insured but does not plan to use their insurance benefits to pay for health care items and/ or services.
The GFE works to show the cost of items and services that are reasonably expected for your mental health care needs for an item or service. The estimate is based on information known at the time the estimate was created. The GFE does not include any unknown or unexpected costs that may arise during treatment.
This Good Faith Estimate is not intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment or a prediction that you may need to attend a specified number of psychotherapy visits. The number of visits that are appropriate in your case, and the estimated cost for those services, depends on your needs and what you agree to in consultation with your therapist. You are entitled to disagree with any recommendations made to you concerning your treatment and you may discontinue treatment at any time.
Unlike some medical services, with behavioral health services your clinician often cannot form an estimate of what services you will need and what they will cost until the clinician has evaluated you. Even then, the extent of the services you will need will be influenced by many factors. Your clinician will review your treatment plan and service needs with you throughout your treatment with us that may not be reflected in this estimate. With the services included in the estimate, the therapist will assess your unique situation to gain a more accurate understanding of your presenting problems and goals for therapy. After which, the therapist will provide you with a GFE for treatment costs moving forward.
We recognize every client’s therapy journey is unique. How long you need to engage in therapy and how often you attend sessions will be influenced by many factors including:
- Your schedule and life circumstances
- Therapist availability
- Ongoing life challenges
- The nature of your specific challenges and how you address them
- Personal finances and resources
Most clients will attend one psychotherapy visit per week on average, but the frequency of psychotherapy visits that are appropriate in your case may be more or less than once per week, depending upon your individual needs and preferences. It is also important, when determining your total estimate, to take into consideration vacations, holidays, emergencies, and sick time. The fee for a traditional 45-50-minute psychotherapy session (via telehealth) is $135. Most clients will attend one psychotherapy visit per week, but the frequency of psychotherapy visits that are appropriate in your case may be more or less than once per week, depending upon your individual needs and preference. It is also important, when determining your total estimate, to take into consideration vacations, holidays, emergencies, and sick time. You and your therapist will continually assess the appropriate frequency of therapy and will work together to determine when you have met your goals and are ready for discharge and/ or a new GFE will be issued should the frequency of session(s) or needs change. You may request a new GFE at any time in writing during your treatment.
Here is a chart of typical fees for services the practice provides that will be in effect on January 1, 2023. Please note that these fees are for telehealth services.
# Weeks Total estimated charges for 1 session per week
1 Week of Service $135
13 Weeks of Service (Approx. 3 Months) $1755
26 Weeks of Service (Approx. 6 months) $3510
52 Weeks of Service (Approx. 12 Months) $7020
60 months of service (average for eating disorder treatment) $35100
GFE Disclaimer: This Good Faith Estimate shows the costs of items and services that are reasonably expected for your health care needs for an item or service. The estimate is based on information known at the time the estimate was created. While it is not possible for a therapist to know, in advance, how many psychotherapy sessions may be necessary or appropriate for a given person upon the initiation of psychotherapy, this form provides an estimate of the cost of services provided. Your total cost of services will depend upon the number of therapy sessions you attend, your individual circumstances, and the type and amount of services that are provided to you. This estimate is not a contract and does not obligate you to obtain any services from the provider(s) listed, nor does it include any services rendered to you that are not identified here.
The GFE is only an estimate—actual items/ service charges may differ. The GFE does not include any unknown or unanticipated costs that may arise and are not reasonably expected during treatment due to unforeseen events. You could be charged more if complications or special circumstances occur. Other potential items and/ or services associated with therapy charges may include but is not limited to no show/ late cancellation fee(s), record request(s), letter writing(s), legal fee(s)/ court attendance(s), professional collaboration(s), and in-between session supports). These potential items / services and associated fee(s) are discussed further within the “Therapy Consent, Policies, and Agreements” documentation and should these items / services be initiated a new Good Faith Estimate will be provided. The GFE does not obligate the client to obtain listed items or services. If this happens, and your bill is $400 or more for any provider or facility than your Good Faith Estimate for that provider or facility, federal law allows you to dispute the bill.
You may contact the health care provider or facility listed to let them know the billed charges are higher than the GFE. You can ask them to update the bill to match the GFE, ask to negotiate the bill, or ask if there is financial assistance available.
You may also start a dispute resolution process with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If you choose to use the dispute resolution process, you must start the dispute process within 120 calendar days (about 4 months) of the date on the original bill. If you dispute your bill, the provider or facility cannot move the bill for the disputed item or service into collection or threaten to do so, or if the bill has already moved into collection, the provider or facility has to cease collection efforts. The provider or facility must also suspend the accrual of any late fees on unpaid bill amounts until after the dispute resolution process has concluded. The provider or facility cannot take or threaten to take any retributive action against you for disputing your bill.
There is a $25 fee to use the dispute process. If the Selected Dispute Resolution (SDR) entity reviewing your dispute agrees with you, you will have to pay the price on this Good Faith Estimate, reduced by the $25 fee. If the SDR entity disagrees with you and agrees with the health care provider or facility, you will have to pay the higher amount.
For questions, to get a form to start the process, or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate or the dispute process, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises/consumers, email FederalPPDRQuestions@cms.hhs.gov, or call 1-800-985-3059.