Mindful Care Policies and Informed Consent
Please review the following information on Mindful Care’s policies and procedures.
Patient Expectations And Responsibilities
Participation: Patients must be active participants in their treatment at Mindful. This includes attending scheduled sessions, disclosing any information necessary to inform treatment decisions, and actively collaborating with your treatment team by exploring and setting treatment goals. It is expected that you will be following your treatment plan both during sessions and at home. This also means participating in treatment even when difficult or distressing feelings come up as a result of discussing sensitive topics. We always encourage you to process these feelings with your providers, as an open therapeutic relationship is essential to treatment and recovery.
Mindful Care No Show / Cancellation Policy: Effective January 1st, 2020 Mindful Care will be implementing a No Show / Late Cancellation Policy. A canceled appointment hurts three people: you, your provider, and another patient who could have potentially utilized your time slot. At Mindful, appointments for established patients are scheduled anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month in advance based on your best availability, and to ensure our providers can adequately implement the best treatment plan and manage your care based on your specific needs. When an appointment is canceled without adequate notice, we are unable to fill this time slot by offering it to same-day emergency patients, who could be under distress and in urgent need of psychiatric attention.
In addition, keep in mind we are unable to bill your insurance company for appointments that are not kept. Therefore, a fee of $25 will be charged when you miss or cancel a psych appointment without giving 24 hours advance notice, and a fee of $25 will be charged when you miss or cancel a MindFit appointment without giving 24 hours advance notice. You can cancel your appointment by emailing us at [email protected]. We understand last minute emergencies occur, and will try to be as accommodating as possible whenever life happens! We will waive this fee in the event of medical illness and keeping in mind your show up rate. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to working alongside you!
Medication: Patients must agree to take medications as prescribed. This includes not taking a dosage higher than prescribed, not altering the dose without consulting with your provider first, medication non-compliance, abruptly stopping medications or skipping doses. If medication non-compliance is demonstrated, the provider reserves the right to withdraw treatment.
Psychiatry Services and Policies
What To Expect
Your first session at Mindful will include an assessment by a provider to determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs. Our psychiatrists reserve the right to refer you to a more appropriate provider if they feel it is clinically necessary after the assessment. Your psychiatrist also reserves the right to discontinue services at any time.
Following the assessment process, if you and your provider decide to move forward with treatment, you will discuss and create an individualized treatment plan based on your treatment needs and goals. This may include a variety of treatment modalities including medication management, group, individual, family therapy, etc. It is important that your input is considered when creating this plan. If you have any questions about your treatment plan, please consult with your psychiatrist.
Treatment with your provider will typically consist of regular sessions in agreed upon increments i.e. once per week, once per month, etc. for a set period of time i.e. 15-30 minutes. Once an appointment is scheduled, you will be expected to provide payment at the time of service unless you provide 48 hours advance notice of cancellation, or unless your psychiatrist agrees that your absence was excused.Providers at Mindful Care undergo a rigorous credentialing process which means their academic accolades and licensure level are verified by multiple organizations. Depending on the type of visit and care you are receiving your provider will be at various stages of the credentialing process and/or under provisional supervision which means a senior supervising provider may also be involved in the management of your care. Please note that all supervising providers are fully credentialed with your insurance and patient confidentiality is always strictly maintained and protected.
At some point you may want to change the frequency of treatment, or even terminate services. This should be a mutually agreed upon decision between your doctor and you, with reasonable notice on both parts. Patients will always be made aware of any change in service that occurs outside of the therapeutic relationship (i.e office closures, staff changes, etc).
Termination Of Care
It is your right to terminate services with us at any time. We reserve the right to terminate due to the following situations: consistent missed appointments, inappropriate behavior, seeking narcotics, abusing/selling/trading medications, non-compliance with your therapeutic plan.
Code Of Conduct
We do not tolerate any type of physical violence, threats, or harassment to our providers and staff at Mindful, or their families. If this occurs, it will lead to immediate termination and if necessary, legal action.
Your relationship with your provider may be professional in nature, only. There will be no sexual, business, or any other dual relationships permitted that could impair the objectivity, clinical judgment or therapeutic effectiveness of your provider. If you have any questions, please discuss this with your provider.
Length Of Treatment Sessions
Medication management sessions typically last 15-40 minutes. Visits will be more frequent at the beginning or after a change is made to your medications, and then typically occur once per month or once every three months. The frequency of visits and duration of treatment is something you will be discussing with your provider on an ongoing basis.
Telephone Policy And Emergency Situations
Your psychiatrist will not always be available by telephone; however, you are always welcome to leave a message, which will be returned within 24 hours, with the exception of weekends and holidays. If there is a true emergency or you are unable to wait for a return call, please contact your primary care physician, 911, mobile crisis unit, or go to your nearest emergency room. Emergencies or crises that may not be able to wait until the next visit include, but are not limited to: acute, severe symptoms of depression, mania, anxiety, or suicidal ideation; intense side effects of medications; urges to harm yourself or someone else.
If your question or concern is something that can be addressed via phone or email, we will do our best to do so. Otherwise, your concern may have to wait until your next office visit. If you are finding you need more time with your psychiatrist and that your needs are unable to wait until the next session, we recommend speaking with him or her about increasing the frequency of visits.
Please notify the office one week prior to needing a prescription refill. In the event you lose medication, or do not attend follow-up appointments, your prescription may not be refilled.
We are unable to make a determination about any pending disability cases. Your providers’ role is to assess and diagnose your mental health needs, therefore, we are only able to provide documentation that speaks to the following: mental health diagnosis, presentation, symptoms, medication, history, response to treatment, and treatment plan. If a lawyer requests additional information regarding your ability to perform certain work duties, we will be unable to provide or complete this. Please consult a disability expert for further assistance.
At this time, Mindful will not be able to provide determination for the following: Child Protective Services (CPS) cases, service animals or emotional support dogs, bariatric surgery, or medical marijuana.
Your psychiatrist is mandated to keep records pertaining to your psychiatric treatment. You are entitled to a copy of these records unless your psychiatrist believes that seeing them would be harmful, in which case he or she may be willing to forward a copy to a mental health professional or physician as necessary. If you or another provider would like a copy of your records, this request must be made in writing, with at least 14 days notice.
You will be expected to pay the fee agreed upon by your provider for any clinical/professional services being offered. Billable services include (but are not limited to): telephone consultations lasting longer than 5 minutes, meetings or sessions with family or other treatment providers, and written records or treatment summaries to be sent elsewhere. If you require your psychiatrist participate in any legal proceedings, you will be responsible to cover the cost of any professional time used.
Billing And Payments
Assignment of Insurance Benefits:
Medical treatment has or will be provided to the patient and as such, the patient agrees to transfer and convey to Mindful Care all of my/our rights, title and interest to all of the medical insurance benefits to which I/we may be entitled according to my/our insurance policies with the companies noted to the extent necessary to provide for payment of the patient’s bill.
Payment for Services
MUC is “in-network” with most insurance companies. MUC will bill my insurance after my visits; I authorize MUC to release medical records requested by my insurance company. I understand that my provider is legally obligated to collect all copays, deductibles, and /or coinsurance deemed to be the patient/insured responsibility by the insurance company. My co-payment, deductibles and balance will be collected upon check-in. Some insurance plans require a referral from a physician (typically HMO plans). If a referral is required, it is my responsibility to know this and obtain the referral prior to the office visit. Missed appointments or failure to cancel your appointment within 24 hours, will be billed at $25.00 each appointment.
If payment is not made within 30 days, you will be notified in writing as a courtesy to complete the payment. If payment is still not made after this time, you may accrue a late fee of up to 3%. After 90 days if payment is still not received, legal action may need to be taken such as hiring a collection agency or small claims court.
Your medical records may be accessible to other clinicians in the office. Your personal information will NOT be released outside of MUC without your signed consent or a subpoena. Exceptions include suicide or homicide issues or child/elder abuse or neglect. Children (under the age of 17) have the right to confidential exchanges with clinician’s unless there are issues that pose immediate danger.
Patient Contact Policy
MUC may contact you via email or phone regarding appointments, to discuss treatment, and/or with clinical updates. Your information will never be shared with third parties. All calls received during business hours will be returned within 24 hours. If a concern arises after-hours, please leave us a message. If emergent, due to a safety concern, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
At the time of receiving medical services Mindful Care has incurred expense and has provided a high level of care. As there are no guaranteed outcomes of any medical visit, patient agrees not to contest credit card charges that were approved, after the fact.
It may be medically necessary for your physician to request lab tests in order to provide the best treatment possible. It is your responsibility to obtain the requested examinations. Our office will assist you as mindfulh as possible, but testing will require you to visit another facility or lab. If you do not obtain these tests within a reasonable time, your physician reserves the right to refuse to refill or prescribe further medications until tests are completed.
Urine drug screens are performed on patients when necessary. All patients who are prescribed controlled medication will have an initial urine drug screen and will be subject to monthly UDS after. Any charges that may incur from the UDS will be the responsibility of the patient if not covered by the insurance company.
Payment Card Consent
Mindful Care, Inc. (“Mindful” or the “Company”) is committed to meeting your mental healthcare needs and keeping your insurance and other financial arrangements as simple as possible. In order to accomplish this in a cost-effective manner for all Mindful patients, the Company asks that you adhere to the financial policy outlined below. By checking the designated box and submitting your payment card information, you are agreeing to the following terms:
- I am ultimately responsible for payment of charges for services I receive from Mindful including those covered and not covered by my designated healthcare insurance carrier. As a convenience, Mindful will submit claims for reimbursement to my insurance carrier following my receipt of services, however, all payment responsibility is ultimately my own. I authorize Mindful to release medical records requested by my insurance carrier as part of its pursuit of payment.
- Some immediate payment may be expected at the time of service with Mindful. This may include a co-pay and additional payment if the Company determines that the cost of my session/treatment will not be reimbursed in full by my insurance carrier. I understand that this often happens if the deductible associated with my healthcare insurance is not yet satisfied at the time of service.
- Mindful may deny service or charge a service fee for failure to pay a co-pay or any outstanding balance that may be evident on my account at the time of service. Missed appointments or failure to cancel my appointment within twenty-four (24) hours of said appointment will result in Mindful billing me twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each missed/ improperly cancelled appointment.
- It is my responsibility to provide my current address, telephone number, email address, and health insurance information prior to each session with Mindful. Some insurance plans require a referral from a physician (typically HMO plans) in order to receive care with a Mindful provider. If such a referral is required for my receipt of care with Mindful, it is my responsibility to know this and obtain the necessary referral prior to my session with a Mindful provider.
- I agree to provide Mindful and/or its designated payment agent with my debit/credit card/ payment card information. I understand that my payment information will be maintained on file for future use by the Company. The applicable payment card will be truncated and “tokenized” by the payment agent and/or the Company in order to help maintain the security of my payment information. I agree to notify Mindful in writing of any changes in my payment or other information.
- I authorize the Company and/or its designated payment agent to apply charges to my payment card on file for all amounts owed for services rendered, including (i) amounts agreed as part of a payment plan, (ii) copayments, (iii) coinsurance (after application of insurance proceeds), (iv) amounts not covered by insurance and/or (v) fees (if applicable) charged by the Company for failure to keep a scheduled appointment or provide timely notice of appointment cancellation as referenced in section 3 of this consent.
- In the event of a balance that is not satisfied by a charge to my payment method or a payment plan, I may receive a monthly statement for any outstanding balance owed to Mindful. I am responsible for paying this balance by its due date in order to avoid paying possible interest on the balance noted in the aforementioned statement and/or having such sums owed to Mindful referred to a third-party collections agency or small claims legal proceeding.
- Transaction receipts will be maintained in my patient file or will be emailed to me if I provide and maintain a valid email address.
- I authorize Mindful to send electronic account statements and invoices to my email address on file. I understand that it is my responsibility to maintain a current email address on file and that I will not receive a mailed copy of any electronic statement from the Company. This authorization will remain in effect until I provide written notice of cancellation to the Company. Authorization for services already rendered cannot be cancelled or refunded.
- I agree that such terms and payment obligations discussed herein shall apply to the parent/ legal guardian of a minor patient of Mindful (where appropriate).
MINORS: if you are under 18 years of age at the time of your pursuit of care with Mindful, please be aware that the law may provide your parents the right to consent to your care and to examine your corresponding treatment records.
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