It involves the administration of tests to assess how the development of the brain is impacting learning, thinking, behavior, and emotions. Psychoeducational and pediatric neuropsychological evaluations assess intelligence, achievement, learning, memory, cognitive and sensory processing, and behavioral and socio-emotional functioning. The goal of this type of evaluation is to better understand a person’s unique learning style and, if necessary, to assist in developing an individualized education plan to help the child reach his or her potential. The education plan could include remediation, accommodations, and behavioral intervention recommendations. Another goal of a pediatric neuropsychological evaluation is to use the results of the assessment to educate parents about the best way to help their child reach his or her educational and personal potential. Appropriate referrals are made as part of the evaluation process.
Each evaluation is individualized and typically includes the assessment of:
Parent and examinee interviews, consultation with the child's medical providers and education staff, and a review of academic and medical records is also often included as part of the assessment.
A typical evaluation consists of an hour-long parent and/or examinee interview, 4-6 hours of testing (usually divided up over two appointments), and a 1 hour feedback session for the results. The exact time involved in each evaluation is individualized and based on an examinee’s needs and the presenting areas of concern.
The fee for a psychoeducational evaluation is $250.00 per hour. This fee covers time spent gathering information from parents, schools, and others working with the child; reviewing records; testing the child; scoring and interpreting the tests; writing the comprehensive report (including background information, results, and recommendations); and meeting with the parents to discuss results and recommendations. In addition, child advocacy and/or attendance at the child’s school intervention meetings are also billed at $250.00 per hour. Most complete evaluations range from $2,000-$2,500.
Dr. Borchardt will submit insurance claims to insurance companies. Co-pay amounts are due at the first visit with her. Parents are responsible for determining benefit coverage and expected co-pay amounts. Should your insurance company require a CPT code for preauthorization or pre-certification, the CPT codes Dr. Borchardt uses are 96116, 96132, 96133, 96136, 96137, 96138, and 96139. Most insurance companies reimburse for these CPT codes. Neuropsychological assessment is typically covered under the medical, not the mental health, coverage of your insurance plan. We also accept FSA and HAS credit card payment, personal checks, and cash.