First visit

Please read this section completely before your first visit, and follow the instructions here so that we can spend more time on the important part of your consultation, and less time on paperwork.

About your first visit

Your first visit will probably take an hour and a half. We usually begin with you telling me about the difficulties you are having, then I review your first visit form, then I get some more background history, and finally we decide together on what we should do next.

Your first visit is a consultation, meaning that I need to understand what your difficulty is, whether I think I can help, and whether or not we both feel that we can work together. If I do not think that I am qualified to treat you myself, I will help you find someone who is.

About cancellations

If you cannot make your appointment, please let me know at least 48 hours in advance. I almost always have a waiting list of new patients who want to be seen as soon as possible and I don't have many 90 minute blocks of time in my schedule. I have no office staff, and it is hard for me to reschedule someone else into your scheduled time without 48 hours notice. Please be considerate of my time and that of other patients.

Before you begin ...

Learn about your privacy ...

  • Download, read and sign my HIPAA document, and
  • Complete the information consent form if you are going to use insurance.

If you have Medicare, please ...

  • Download and complete the Medicare opt-out form.

If you are interested in telepsychiatry services, please ...

To save you time and money ...

  • Download and complete the first visit form and the HIPAA (privacy) form. Doing so before your appointment streamlines the routine paperwork that we must do the first session and lets us spend more time focused on you and why you came to see me and not on recording things like your telephone numbers, doses of current medications, and allergies.

Finally ...

  • Bring all the completed forms to your first visit. (Please do not mail or email them to me.)
practice/first_visit.txt · Last modified: 2013/08/06 11:25 by patrickbarta
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