Morrison Clinic is in network with several different insurance carriers and unfortunately United Health Care/Optum have determined that they will not pay for Morrison Clinic psychological testing.
Psychological testing is a very important part of your treatment at the Morrison Clinic and it is recommended by the American Psychiatric Association to diagnosis psychiatric illnesses and to monitor effect of treatment interventions. Psychological testing allows your clinician to measure you symptoms in an objective manner to more effecitvely monitor your response to treatment. By repeating these tests prior to each medical appointment your clinician is not only given concrete data to quantify the severity of your symptoms but also is able to track seasonal variations in your illness.
Since poor emotional health correlates with poor physical health, psychological testing to monitor patient outcomes can actually lower your health care costs. By quantifying the severity of your symptoms and adjusting your medication to the optimal dose both you should see improvements in your emotional health , your physical health, and your ability to function well at work and home. Monitoring treatment response with psychological testing is an evidence based treatment approach which has been associated with improved patient outcomes. , Poor management of psychiatric symptoms has been associated with the additional health care costs incurred by persons with mental health diagnoses. In the United States in 2012, these additional costs among commercially insured, Medicaid, and Medicare beneficiaries was estimated to be $293 billion—a figure that is 273% higher than the health care cost for patients without a psychiatric diagnoses.
While it is disappointing that your insurance company does not reimburse for psychological testing, we do feel it is in the patient's best interest to pay for this service out of pocket so we have decided to offer you a significant discount for psychological testing.
On January 1st of each year beginning in the year 2021 the patient responsibility will increase by 5% to offset inflation.