How much does it cost to have an evaluation for learning disabilities, dyslexia, or ADHD?
The cost of a full psycho-educational evaluation is $2450. This includes the time spent working with you in the office, as well as the time required to review school records and previous test reports, score and interpret the tests, and the time required to write the test report (usually about 15 pages). For school-age students who do not attend the follow-up meeting with parents, the fee includes an additional 15-20 minute meeting with the student to summarize the test results and review the recommendations.
Is the cost of testing covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies provide some coverage for psychological testing. If this is an important factor for you, please check with your insurance carrier prior to the evaluation. From my experience, I have learned that it's helpful to describe the problem to insurance companies in very specific terms ("I have trouble maintaining my attention" or "I have trouble remembering things") so that they understand why the testing is necessary.
The insurance company may ask for CPT codes, which describe the types of procedures to be performed. For a complete psycho-educational evaluation, these are the codes you will need:
I ask that you pay the fee directly to me in two installments: half at the initial consultation and half at the follow-up meeting where we discuss the test results. You may pay by check or credit card (Visa or Master Card). At the follow-up meeting, I will give you a copy of the test report and an invoice to send to your insurance company for reimbursement.
How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
Your initial consultation can usually be scheduled within two weeks of your phone call. The test sessions are usually scheduled for the week after your initial consultation, and the follow-up meeting is scheduled about two weeks after the last test session.