A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of an individual's brain functioning in a practical sense. See the National Academy of Neuropsychology website for further information.
Outcomes of evaluations may include:
A description of cognitive strengths and weaknesses related to brain injury or other brain conditions
Confirmation of the presence or absence of specific diagnoses (such as ADHD, Learning Disability, dementia)
Monitoring of the progression of symptoms or diseases over time
A description of the level of impairment or disability that an individual may have due to a brain-related condition
Recommendations for compensatory strategies and/or treatment.
Neuropsychological testing examines a wide variety of functions such as intelligence, memory, attention, language skills, visual skills, academic skills, abstract reasoning, and psychological functioning. A neuropsychological evaluation can take anywhere from a few hours to eight hours or more, depending on the questions being asked.
There are no invasive procedures involved. Many people actually find the testing experience interesting, as there are a wide variety of tasks involved.
Rest breaks and lunch breaks are allowed whenever needed as well. Testing is usually completed in one session, but can be completed over two or more testing sessions.
No. A neuropsychologist is not a physician, but can provide information and recommendations that will help your primary care physician, neurologist, psychiatrist, or other physician make good decisions about how to best treat you.
A neuropsychological evaluation is a relatively lengthy and complex process, and a large amount of time is spent reviewing records, interviewing the client and/or family members, administering tests, scoring tests, interpreting the data, and writing a report.
Neuropsychological assessment services are billed at $150 per hour. As such, total cost is based on the amount of time needed to complete the evaluation. A typical evaluation for people younger than 70 may take up to 8-12 hours of total time, while a typical evaluation for older adults may take up to 6-8 hours of total time.
Forensic and consultation services are billed at a different rate. A deposit of 50% of the estimated cost of the evaluation is due prior to the beginning of the evaluation, with the remainder due upon completion of the final report.
Please contact us for information specific to your situation.
We are participating providers with Mainecare, Medicare, Tricare, and Anthem/Blue Cross, and bill those insurances directly.
For other insurance plans, it is usually necessary for you to arrange preauthorization prior to scheduling the evaluation with our office.
Please contact us for details specific to your insurance carrier.
Many insurance companies cover neuropsychological services for some conditions, such as brain injury or dementia, but not for other conditions such as a learning disability or ADHD. Again, please check with your insurance carrier to determine your eligibility for reimbursement.