Standard Initial Consultation and Follow-up Rates
For standard initial consultation and follow-up rates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or submit the contact form on this website.
Like most Philadelphia psychiatrists, Dr. Ascher is an out-of-network provider, meaning that he does not accept direct payments from insurance companies. If you are interested in seeking reimbursement from your insurance company, contact them directly to obtain information about your “out-of-network” coverage for mental health. You will want to ask them:
1) What is my deductible?
2) What percentage of fees are covered (e.g. 70 % of a total number of visits per year)?
3) In what time period must claims be submitted (this can vary from a couple of months to over a year from the date of service)?
4) What is considered “reasonable and customary” for zip codes 19103 (Philadelphia) and 19004 (Bala Cynwyd), which determines the rate at which they will reimburse you for treatment. Some companies may request a procedure code in addition to a zip code to determine their reimbursement rate. Dr. Ascher is always happy to provide this information and to do his best to assist in these matters.
Dr. Ascher will provide invoices for rendered services. These forms will have diagnosis codes and description of services rendered. (Insurance companies generally require documentation with this information for out-of-network claims.)
A typical initial consultation with Dr. Ascher will last anywhere from 90 minutes to 120 minutes. He will assess your condition, order necessary laboratory testing, reach out to previous providers (with your consent), and provide resources and support to you and your loved ones.
Dr. Ascher regularly checks in with you via phone to see how you are progressing and responding to treatment (there is no charge for this service). He will also collaborate with your existing therapist and any other providers who are treating you regularly to see how you are progressing (there is no charge for this service). Ongoing and stable patients are seen, at a minimum, at least once every three months for a follow-up session.
Dr. Ascher also has an extensive referral network of providers who share his philosophy of care and he can help you find the perfect clinician who can work with you to meet your individual needs (financial, emotional, etc).
When considering cost, also consider the cost of not getting treatment. Consider the following:
Has untreated mental health needs or substance misuse impacted your earning power?
What else have you lost due to your unmet mental health needs?
How much have you spent on alcohol and/or substances?
How much will you spend if you keep using them?
Buprenorphine-Naloxone (Suboxone/Zubsolv/Bunavail) Management
Dr. Ascher only treats a select number (usually less than 10) of highly motivated clients with buprenorphine (Suboxone). Each patient must be in individual therapy at least once weekly with a therapist of their choosing. The monthly fee includes urine drug screening and one 45 minute session a month that can be used for individual, couples or family therapy. Dr. Ascher will also arrange a visit with a primary care physician who will follow liver enzymes and perform a history and physical.Please share this post!