Accessible and Approachable Care for the Modern Woman and Her Family
Bariatric Surgery Psychological Evaluation
What Can I Expect?
One of the requirements of undergoing weight loss surgery is to have pre-surgical psychological clearance. Dr. Patterson will conduct a comprehensive evaluation and provide your surgical staff with a copy.
What Does the Evaluation Involve?
The evaluation consists of three parts:
Can I Fail the Psychological Evaluation? The assessment will help to identify your particular strengths, identify the areas you will need to address to best prepare you for surgery, and identify those areas that will optimize your success for long-term weight loss.
What to Expect if Using Insurance Coverage? While each insurance company is different, most insurance companies typically pay for most of the cost and your out of pocket expense will be the amount of the testing materials fee, as well as your co-pay, deductible, or co-coinsurance, if applicable. Please note that this is not a guarantee of what your insurance carrier will pay. Even within insurance companies the payment rates may be different for different policies.Please note that some insurance plans require an authorization from your primary care office in order for the psychological evaluation services to be covered by your health insurance. If this is the case, you will be responsible for contacting your PCP’s office to receive an authorization/referral number before the first visit of your psychological evaluation. Regardless of your insurance, the patient is responsible for the cost testing materials, report writing and delivery to your surgeon.
What to Expect if You Are Paying Out of Pocket?The cost for the evaluation is reasonable and includes the cost of the clinical interview, test administration materials / scoring / interpretation, report writing, and any ancillary fees associated with the evaluation. A credit card on file and a deposit of 50% of the total fee will be required to secure your appointment and ensure payment.
Our office is conveniently accessible from the following communities:
Maryland (MD):Baltimore 21208 - Baltimore Bethesda 20814 - Bethesda 20816 - Bethesda 20817 - Chevy Chase 20815 - Colesville 20904 - Cabin John 20815 - Glen Echo 20812 - Gaithersburg 20855 - Gaithersburg 20877- Gaithersburg 20878 - Gaithersburg 20879 - Garrett Park 20896 - Kensington 20895 - Montgomery Village 20886 - Olney 20830 - Olney 20832 - Potomac 20854 - Potomac 20859 - Rockville 20850 - Rockville 20852 - Rockville 20853 - Silver Spring 20903 - Silver Spring 20905 - Silver Spring 20906 - Silver Spring 20910 - Takoma Park 20912 - Wheaton 20902
© 2021 Dr. Joanne Psychiatry, LLC. All Rights Reserved