Frequently Asked Questions
Will my insurance cover my visit?
I do not bill insurances directly, but most insurances reimburse patients for part or most of the visit, depending on your coverage.
Even though I am out-of-network for insurances, in many cases the difference between my fees and the reimbursement from your insurance (paid directly to you by them) is equivalent to what you would pay for a co-pay if you saw a psychiatrist who takes your insurance.
Please know your out-of-network insurance coverage before scheduling appointments. See the guide below.
Do you see patients anywhere else? I see you listed elsewhere online...
I do not currently see patients anywhere other than in this practice. I previously did see patients in several clinics in the Swedish Medical Group, so you may still references to me in that group on various websites. If you previously saw me at Swedish, you can speak with your primary care provider there about options for your ongoing mental health treatment, including working with your primary doctor or connecting with a new psychiatrist. If you are interested in seeing me in this practice, please give me a call and we can discuss this possibility.
How can I pay for services?
Payment is due at the time of service.
I accept cash, checks and credit cards.
You will be provided with a receipt with the necessary information to submit a reimbursement claim to your insurance.
Do you accept Health Savings Account, Flexible Savings Account, or Health Reimbursement Account (HSA/FSA/HRA) debit cards?
Yes. If you have a pre-tax account set aside for healthcare expenses, you may use the debit card that is associated with that account, or, you may pay by check and submit your receipt to that account for reimbursement. If you do not have this kind of account, ask your human resources department if you can start one.
How do I request a new patient evaluation for myself or my child?
You may request an appointment by completing my screening questionnaire here or by leaving a voice message at 206.717.4800. At this time appointments are available on Thursdays only. New patient visits are available within one week.
How do I get reimbursed by my insurance?
Even though we don't bill insurances directly, most of our patients use their insurance.
Depending on your policy, your insurance may reimburse you for part of the visit cost. Contact your insurance and ask about "Out-of-Network Coverage" for psychiatric services.
What to ask your insurance:
"What are my out-of-network benefits?"
"How much is my deductible?"
"After I meet my deductible, what percentage of the visit cost will I be reimbursed for?"
"Up to how much can I be reimbursed for: a diagnostic evaluation (code 90792); 25 minute follow-up medication management appointments (code 99214); 50 minute medication management (99215)or 50 minute therapy/medication management appointments (code 99214 + 90836; or code 99213 + 90836)?"
"Do I have a limit of how many visits I can have?"
"How do I submit a claim with the receipt my doctor gave me?"