If the patient has not had the chance to find a sufficiently qualified network provider, then the patient pleads for an SCA with the out-of-network provider before the start of treatment. Sometimes an insurance company may have a “payment policy with the highest in network rate,” in which case you will not be able to negotiate the rate. You still have the option to refuse the SCA if the sentence and conditions are not acceptable to you. It should be noted that insurance companies have a legal obligation to properly treat patients by well-trained professionals. Therefore, if the insurance plan does not cover off-network services, and there are no in-network providers with the specified specialty, then you, as a qualified provider, can negotiate your usual full fees as a meeting rate for new patients. This is because the patient does not simply choose to see you, but is forced to deal with insufficient providers in the network. In this case, the patient usually makes the case with the assurance of an ACS with you before starting treatment. If the patient has recently switched insurance providers, the insurance company may accept a limited number of sessions (approximately 10) and a period (for example. B 60 days since the insurance change) to allow the patient to continue treatment with the current network provider while switching to a network provider. If there is evidence that the person could pose a danger to himself or others, or if it affects the patient psychologically or mentally (for example. B failures in the progress of therapy), if this proves necessary to switch to an in-network provider, a case could be advanced for an increase in adequacy with the current provider. Examples: a patient has an uncertain bond and finds it very difficult to trust others. The therapeutic relationship already established with the current supplier can be considered as a factor in granting the SCA.

If you receive a CSA for an ongoing patient for further treatment, the negotiated price will be based on the patient`s informed agreement and agreement when they begin treatment with you. Rate increases are consistent with your pricing policy in informed consent. You cannot charge the patient a lower horizontal rate out of your pocket and then charge the insurance company your full normal rate if the CAS has been dated in the past to cover the meetings. Appointment as a psychotherapist, Ms. Joly has worked as a computer engineer in silicon Valley high-tech company and holds 14 patents in the field of computer science. She has a master`s degree in psychology from the University of Santa Clara, California, and a master`s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Contact: vinodha@vinodhatherapy.com A single case agreement (SCA) is a contract between an insurance company and a network provider for a particular patient, so that the patient can see that the provider is using its services in the network (i.e. the patient must pay routine network payments for meetings only after completing their deductible sessions on the network (if any) on the network). The per meeting fee paid by the insurance company is negotiated by the insurance company and the supplier under the CSA. For a current patient who has taken out new insurance, what are the conditions for applying for a single case agreement (SCA)? An SCA should in principle meet the individual needs of the patient and the cost benefit for the patient`s insurance company that sees you, not on an in-network provider.