FEES

 

Initial visit (1.5-2hrs) - $300

Follow up (50min, therapy + integrative) - $250

Follow up (25min integrative) - $150

 

There may also be occasion for a brief phone follow up, for which I charge $75 per 15min.  I accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and cash.  I do not accept checks.  I will ask for payment at the beginning of our visit. 

DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?

 

            I do not accept insurance nor work directly with insurance companies.  However, if you have a PPO insurance plan you may be able to get a significant portion of my fees reimbursed from your insurance company (see below).  In order for me to provide the most effective care I can, I operate outside of the insurance system.  I do this because insurance companies incentivize psychiatrists to have short, medication-focused visits, and have treatment guidelines based on this flawed system.  I think this does a disservice to patients.   

            While I do not accept insurance, I can provide you with a statement that you can submit to a PPO insurance plan.  To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them.  Some helpful questions you can ask your insurance carrier:

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          - What are my mental health benefits?

          - What is the coverage amount per therapy session?

          - How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?

          - How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?

          - Is approval required from my primary care physician?

700 Garden View Court

Suite 201-C

Encinitas, CA 92024

Shawn Barnes M.D.

Tel: 760-487-8344

Fax: 307-242-1069

barnes@sbarnesmd.com