What is psychological/ neuropsychological testing used to determine?
At this clinic, we use psychological testing for multiple purposes. Psychological testing can encompass the following: learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, mood disorders, Central Auditory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Disorders, and appropriateness for transplant, spinal injuries, or bariatric surgeries. We also administer neuropsychological testing which is used when an individual is experiencing personality and/or cognitive changes secondary to: toxic exposures, heavy metal exposures, and closed head injuries.
How do I know what test I will need?
What you will need to do is call our office and set up an initial appointment with Dr. Gerard Williams. This will be a 45 minute session that Dr. Williams will use to gather information about your current difficulties and determine which specific tests will need to be administered. If it is your child that you want to be tested, please make sure that you bring them to this initial session.
Will my insurance cover this?
After you make your initial call to this office, we will take down all of your insurance information and verify your benefits. This process will take a few days. At this time we will also be able to find out if your insurance company requires a pre-authorization form to be completed by Dr. Williams and sent in to the insurance company.
How much will this cost?
This depends on multiple factors. If you are going through your insurance company, the cost to you depends on if you have a deductible, how much your coinsurance is, and how much your copayment is. Some insurance companies will cover the testing in full. If you decide to go with the self pay route (no insurance is billed), the cost depends on what type of assessment Dr. Williams deems adequate for your case. In most cases, we will be able to give you a quote on the phone when you call to schedule your initial appointment. More intricate situations will require us to speak with Dr. Williams first.
What happens after my initial appointment with the doctor?
At this point, if your insurance company requires a pre-authorization form sent to them, one will be faxed. It may take a couple of weeks before your insurance company will send us a confirmation that we can do the testing. Once we receive confirmation we will call you to set up a session for the assessment. If your insurance company does not require a pre-authorization, or if you are doing the self pay route, we will be able to schedule your testing as soon as you are done with your appointment with Dr. Williams. In many cases, we may be able to do the initial intake and testing in one day if your insurance does not require a pre-authorization or if you are doing the self pay route.
What types of tests are administered?
Most of the tests that we use are pencil and paper tests, but we also have some tests that are completed on a computer. These tests are used to evaluate your cognitive, sensory, motor, and personality functioning.
Who administers the tests?
The testing session will be conducted either by the psychometrist or Dr. Williams.
How long does the testing take?
This depends on what type of assessment Dr. Williams thinks is necessary. The length of your testing session can last anywhere from 2-8 hours.
What happens after the testing is done?
At the end of your testing session you will be asked to schedule a disclosure appointment with Dr. Williams. Your scores will be compiled and a report will be drafted; this process typically takes two weeks. If you are being tested for your appropriateness for bariatric surgery, this disclosure session is not needed and you will be instructed how to proceed once you are done testing.
What does the disclosure session encompass?
This is a 45 minute session with Dr. Williams. He will discuss the results of your testing and any recommendations he may have. At this point, he may also make referrals as well.
You mentioned a report; do I get a copy of this?
Yes! After your disclosure appointment with Dr. Williams, he will put the finishing touches on your report and mail it to you. A copy will be placed in your chart and we can also fax it to any doctors, schools, etc. that you would like it released to.