When you receive services managed and reimbursed by your insurance carrier, you agree to share with the insurance company some very private and confidential pieces of information about you - date of birth, social security number, and mental health diagnoses (to name a few). Most of these companies also require providers to submit claims electronically (online). To best safeguard your personally identifiable and confidential information, we encourage you to consider a self-pay option.
If using a commercial insurance plan, you will likely be obligated to pay a copay and/or coinsurance, and then will also have to pay down your annual deductible. It may be worth considering paying for counseling yourself - allowing you to cut out the middle-man and enhance the security of your protected health information.
Also, please understand that professional mental health and substance abuse counseling are not commodities - that is, every counselor is not created equal. Looking for a counselor who charges less per session may save you money, but there's no guarantee that the quality of care will be the same. We are confident that the professional behavioral health services rendered at ESCC, LLC are of the highest quality and that you will be satisfied with your experience.
Your choice to engage in psychotherapy should be a deeply personal one and so consider all your options regarding payment. By using the typical high-deductible insurance plan, you will likely have to pay out of pocket for several sessions before your insurance carrier begins to share the financial cost. Consider a self-pay option in lieu of using insurance plans - in this way, you enhance your confidentiality and privacy while likely having little or no impact on your out-of-pocket expense.
That said, ESCC, LLC is credentialed with many commercial insurance plans as well as most of the New Mexico Centennial Care Medicaid managed care companies. Please confirm your eligibility and benefits before your first appointment.
Our standard self-pay fees are as follows (full 60-minute hours): Individual session $170, Couples/Marriage session $175, Clinical and Diagnostic Assessment $325 (with report), Group psychotherapy session (90 minutes) $50, attorney contacts/depositions/court testimony $350 per hour (including documentation and travel time).
Other services may be available and associated fees will be agreed upon prior to rendering of those services. ESCC, LLC accepts the following forms of payment: cash, personal checks, credit and debit cards (Master Card, Visa, American Express, and Discover). Those using credit/debit cards may be charged a 3% surcharge to cover bank fees. Bartering is not currently permitted under ethics rules in New Mexico.
Clients are required to provide notice of at least 24 hours should they need to cancel or reschedule a planned session by giving telephonic notice unless an emergency arises; clients who do not provide this notice may be charged a cancellation fee of at least $50 and up to the full fee for the session. Failure to plan for transportation or childcare does not constitute an emergency; generally speaking, we consider accidents, injuries, seriously inclement weather, and other health emergencies to be situations serious occurrences. We honor clients’ time as a valuable commodity, and ask that clients return the favor.
Note that ESCC, LLC will file out-of-network claims with your commercial insurance carrier under most circumstances, and we recommend that you also consider using tools like the Better app https://getbetter.co/
to manage these claims with our assistance.