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FEE, INSURANCE INFORMATION

Dr. Sussman is an out-of-network provider. Please contact Dr. Sussman for fee information. Fee is subject to change with at least 6 weeks notice.

Additional services such as phone calls extended more than 15 minutes, review of psychological testing over 15 minutes, and printed reports may also be subject to a pro-rated fee.

Payment is required at the time of service for the initial evaluation. Payments can be made with a credit card or check. After the first session, if your credit card is kept on file, the payments can be automatically made online after the follow-up appointments so you do not need to bring in the card again.

For follow-up appointments, If you do not have access to payment at the time of service, upon request payments can be made online with a credit card or with a check in the mail. Payment is required within two weeks of service.

Dr. Sussman's fees and practice policies were updated on 2/13/2013. If you would like a copy to be emailed to you, please send an email requesting it to cliffordsussmanmd@gmail.com. Please do not send any confidential information by email.

WHAT IF I WANT TO USE MEDICAL INSURANCE?
Dr. Sussman’s practice is fee-for-service. As an out-of network provider, Dr. Sussman provides each patient with an invoice that contains information that can be submitted to most private insurance companies for successful reimbursement.

Dr. Sussman has decided not to process insurance claims himself because he believes in providing the highest quality care to every patient, and does not want limits to be placed on the services he can provide by insurance companies. Dr. Sussman does not believe in the “disease model” of mental health supported by insurance company policies - he feels strongly that psychotherapy is not just for the “mentally ill” - It can also be used for healthy and high-functioning individuals who wish to have a better understanding of their feelings, thoughts, or behaviors, so that they may function even better.

One helpful way to understand this point of view is to look at psychotherapy as “exercise” for the mind. Your doctor may prescribe exercise if you are physically “ill”- eg. recovering from a heart attack or an injury, but physically “ill” people are not the only ones who benefit from exercise. In fact, the healthiest people, such as marathon runners and professional athletes, tend to exercise the most.

Also keep in mnd that many in-network providers practice a "split treatment" model of care, where cost to insurance companies is reduced because one sees a psychiatrist with an MD degree just for brief occasional visits that only cover medication managment, while seeing a separate therapist who does not have an MD degree. When you see Dr. Sussman, he can provide a combination of psychotherapy and medications (if needed) so you only need to see one provider who knows you well. He can also recognize and screen out medical causes of psychological symptoms and understand comorbid medical illness in the therapy setting. .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 Copyright © 2013 Clifford Sussman MD, PLLC. All rights reserved.

 


Call 202-248-4346 for
free phone consultation

Practice Information:
Address:
5410 Connecticut Ave NW,
Suite 112
Washington, DC 20015
phone: (202)248-4346
fax: (202)244-2213
cliffordsussmanmd@gmail.com

NEW: Direct appointment scheduling
for established clients:
1-866-497-1077


Email is for billing and fee questions only -
Please do not email confidential information

DR. SUSSMAN'S URGENT CALL LINE:
If you are an established client with
an urgent medical or psychiatric issue,

you may call 1-866-497-1077.

For all medical and psychiatric emergencies
it is recommended to call 911 or go to the
nearest emergency room.



Copyright ©2014 Clifford Sussman, MD.
All rights reserved.

Dr. Sussman received a Vitals.com Patient's Choice Award in 2014

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