WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN INITIAL EVALUATION
Your first visit at Florida Psychiatric Associates will consist of an initial evaluation with Dr. Anne or Dr. Abid Mian which usually lasts 45 to 60 minutes, depending on your specific presentation. Before the end of the first visit, your doctor will determine whether or not you will benefit from further evaluation or begin treatment. In some cases, an additional visit may be necessary to complete the initial evaluation (e.g. for someone with an extensive psychiatric history or complicated presentation) as extra time may be needed to gather information from you, speak to your family or loved ones, review past medical records or order any necessary lab work. If this is the case, your doctor will ask to schedule additional time (30-60 minutes) with you at a future date in order to complete your initial evaluation.
The initial visit is a consultation at Florida Psychiatric Associates, and is an opportunity to decide whether or not we are the right practice for you. Medications are generally prescribed after evaluation has been completed. If it turns out that you may benefit from treatment elsewhere, you will be referred to an appropriate treatment center.
During the evaluation, you will be asked questions about your current symptoms, your past psychiatric history, your medical history and other relevant information. These questions may be personal and uncomfortable to talk about or cause discomfort in some people. You are encouraged to be as open as possible so that the most accurate information can be used to help formulate a dignosis.
If you have past medical or psychiatric records that may be helpful, copies of laboratory results or other test results, please bring them to the first visit. Please also have available contact information of your previous psychiatrists or other physicians taking care of you so that Dr. Anne or Dr. Abid Mian can obtain collateral information if needed.
Once you call to schedule an initial evaluation at Florida Psychiatric Associates and appointment has been confirmed, you are asked to go on our website to the link to " Forms For New Clients". Please click on the Forms For New Clients section to download the forms that are necessary to complete prior to your first visit. We recommend that you download, print out, and complete the necessary paperwork ahead of time so that you and your psychiatrist can concentrate on your current concerns and your treatment plan in your initial visit, rather than filling out paperwork. If you choose not to fill out the forms ahead of time, you should arrive 15-20 minutes before your initial appointment to fill out paperwork. When you arrive, please check in with the receptionist, and then wait for Doctor to come get you.
Medications can be prescribed after the initial evaluation has been completed. Established patients are always given enough medication and refills until the next office visit, so refills are not necessary over the phone. This is to limit medication errors and to protect you. If you have missed or cancelled an appointment, you will be provided with enough medication until the re-scheduled visit, within 1-2 weeks of the missed appointment.There is a $25 fee for calling in medications to your pharmacy, This covers our administrative costs and encourages you to keep your appointments.
INSURANCE AND PROFESSIONAL FEES
We accept all major commercial insurances and Medicare. We do not accept Medicaid or HMO's. Fee for self-pay patients is comparable with other providers of similar expertise in the area. Please call the office for coverage and fees/copay information.
CANCELLATION AND NO-SHOW POLICIES
Payments are due at the time of the visit (by cash, check or credit card). A block of time is reserved for your appointment, so if you need to cancel, please give at least 48 business hours of advance notice. Business hours are considered the weekdays between Monday 8 am and Friday 5 pm. For example, if you have an appointment at 4 pm on Monday February 7th, you would need to cancel by 4pm, Thursday February 4th. Should you cancel within less than 48 business hours of the designated time, or fail to appear for an appointment, you will be charged $50 fee for late cancellation/No show Your insurance company will likely not reimburse you for missed sessions. Consistent attendance at follow-up appointments are important for safe medical care.
EXPECTED LENGTH AND FREQUENCY OF TREATMENT
Length of treatment is individualized and determined collaboratively between you and your psychiatrist. For medication treatment, the recommended length of treatment for most disorders is generally one year or greater, depending on your specific case. For therapy, length of treatment can vary between 12-20 weeks to many years. Cases that are complicated by co-morbid presentations (more than one disorder) or history of non-response to treatment may take longer.
The frequency of visits depends on the specific case. Some patients will be appropriate for weekly psychotherapy sessions to continue the process of addressing current or past issues or pursuing goals of increased self-awareness, pattern change, or interpersonal growth. For patients who are seeing Dr. Anne or Dr Abid. Mian for medications alone, bi-weekly or monthly visits may be appropriate initially . Patients may be seen more often during initial treatment or medication adjustments. Patients on a stable medication regimen may be seen every one to three months. Continuous monitoring is important to ensure that you remain well. Generally you must be seen at least every three months for ongoing medication management..