Needs Assessment

Diagnostics, 2nd opinions, rule-out diagnoses, in-office, in-home, in-school observations

Concern: Being poked and prodded has to come early in order to determine best course of treatment, but not before trust is established to reduce risk of premature termination. This process will be tedious and not immediately rewarding or helpful to the patient. Did you know that in order to get reimbursed by insurance panels, a diagnosis of a SMS (Serious Mental Health) condition must be made in the first 60 minutes. At times I feel an accurate diagnoses cannot be reached until after several weeks/hours and I personally dislike diagnostic ‘labels’ unless they provide comfort to the patient.