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Will ketamine be covered by my insurance?

Payment is never guaranteed by any insurance plan for any service. We cannot know if your treatment will be covered by your insurance until we submit a claim and receive your explanation of benefits. That being said, the vast majority of our services are covered. If you are offered ketamine, the cost of the drug itself and some other services around the administration of the ketamine may not be covered. For most patients the additional cost for each treatment ranges from $15-65 in addition to required copayments and deductibles for each treatment. Actual costs may vary depending on the individual insurance plan. Please ask our team for further clarification on explanation of costs as it applies to your particular insurance plan.

What are your "self-pay" rates, if I don't have or do not wish to go through insurance?

- We do not accept "self-pay" patients for patients seeking opioids for pain.
- For other patients, our self pay rates are as follows:
- New patient consultation $250, Follow-up visit in person or telemedicine $125, 
- Ketamine infusion $325 (discounted rate offered of $243.75/treatment) for patients who pay in advance for the month.

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is a medication, most known for maintaining anesthesia and pain relief during and following surgery. Developed in 1962, Ketamine was originally created as a safe and useful drug, that had few side effects and risks for addiction. For many years, this medication has been used by physicians as it is exceptionally safe and versatile. In recent years, ketamine has been used as an immensely effective treatment for psychological disorders.

Where can I find any patient forms that the office offers?

Will I become addicted to these pain medications?

Not necessarily, if you take your medication exactly as prescribed. There are also effective pain medications that are non-addictive. A person's likelihood of becoming addicted depends, in part, on their addiction history. Addiction is less likely if you have never abused drugs or had an addictive disorder. Ask us about any concerns you may have.

How does ketamine differ from other traditional medications?

Mental illnesses include a wide range of conditions that can have many interweaving causes– affecting mood, thinking, and behavior. When medications targeted at specific neurotransmitters proved to have positive effects, they became widely used as a form of treatment. However, the benefits from these forms of treatment, in many cases, have proven short-lived. Many patients reported short-term relief, followed by a return of symptoms and limited long-term improvement. 

Ketamine works in an entirely different way, revolutionizing mental treatment from a whole new perspective. Rather than targeting neurotransmitters in the brain, ketamine focuses on altering neural passageways to build and strengthen healthy neurons. In doing so, ketamine treatment has proven to be far more effective for patients. Ketamine infusion therapy can also change the way that the brain responds to medications, so it can be useful in conjunction with already prescribed drugs. Ketamine works not only as an effective form of treatment on its own but can enhance the benefits of any prescription one is already taking.

What treatment is ketamine infusion therapy used for?

Ketamine is one of the biggest breakthroughs in mental illness treatments. Psychiatrists are using ketamine to help treat depression, suicidality, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, OCD, BPD, sleep disorders, and pain disorders including fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome.

What is major depressive disorder with suicidal thoughts or actions?

Major depressive disorder is more than just feeling sad; it’s a disease with a variety of symptoms – including depressed or sad mood – that lasts for at least two weeks and significantly affects thoughts, feelings and behavior.

Sometimes, major depressive disorder can cause people to consider self-harm, or even suicide. When a person experiences a sudden worsening of depressive symptoms, or acts on thoughts of self-harm or suicide, SPRAVATO® is also used to help reduce their depressive symptoms.