Fees & Good Faith Estimate
Please note: the following does not apply to patients/clients using insurance benefits to cover the cost of their therapy sessions.
Fees and Good Faith Estimate
This new regulation is designed to provide transparency to patients regarding their expected medical expenses and to protect them from surprises when they receive their medical bills. It allows patients to understand how much their health care will cost before they receive services.
There are a number of factors that make it challenging to provide an estimate on how long it will take for a patient to complete therapeutic treatment, and much depends on the individual patient and their goals in seeking therapy. Some patients are satisfied with a reduction in symptoms while others continue longer because it feels beneficial to do so. Others begin to schedule less frequently, and may continue to come in for “tune ups” or when issues arise. Ultimately, as the patient, it is your decision when to stop therapy. When we talk for the first time, I will verbally provide you with a Good Faith Estimate (GFE). In addition, this estimate will be available to you in writing and you can access it through the Simple Practice portal. If you are a current patient, I will be providing you with a GFE as well. I have provided here my current session fees, projected for a 12-month period with differing levels of sessions scheduled.
Good Faith Estimate Details for Individual Clients
- Individual 50-minute session- $160
- Weekly 50-minute sessions for 50 weeks- $8000
- Bi-weekly 50-minute sessions for 50 weeks- $4000
The above examples are provided to give an idea of the financial expectations for a calendar year. The frequency and duration are dependent on your individual needs and goals.
I look forward to talking with you and answering any questions you may have about the “No Surprises” Act and Good Faith Estimates.
This Good Faith Estimate shows the costs of items and services that are reasonably expected for your health care needs for an item or service. The estimate is based on information known at the time the estimate was created. The Good Faith Estimate does not include any unknown or unexpected costs that may arise during treatment. You could be charged more if complications or special circumstances occur. If this happens, federal law allows you to dispute (appeal) the bill.
If you are billed for more than this Good Faith Estimate, you have the right to dispute the bill.
You may contact the health care provider or facility listed to let them know the billed charges are higher than the Good Faith Estimate. You can ask them to update the bill to match the Good Faith Estimate, ask to negotiate the bill, or ask if there is financial assistance available. You may also start a dispute resolution process with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If you choose to use the dispute resolution process, you must start the dispute process within 120 calendar days (about 4 months) of the date on the original bill.
There is a $25 fee to use the dispute process. If the agency reviewing your dispute agrees with you, you will have to pay the price on this Good Faith Estimate. If the agency disagrees with you and agrees with the health care provider or facility, you will have to pay the higher amount.
To learn more and get a form to start the process, go to www.cms.gov/nosurprises/consumers or call 1-800-985-3059.
For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate or the dispute process, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises/consumers or call 1-800-985-3059.
Keep a copy of this Good Faith Estimate in a safe place or take pictures of it. You may need it if you are billed a higher amount.