Scheduling & Fees

APPOINTMENTS
I am currently accepting new clients.   Please contact me to make an appointment.

Working with a therapist that you are comfortable with is important to me.  You want to trust your therapist, know about his/her style, and feel that he/she is working with your best interest in mind.  It is for these reasons that I offer first-time clients a FREE Get-to-Know session.  This session is approximately 30 minutes.  It is a chance for us to meet, for you to talk to me about what is going on for you and why you are seeking therapy, to ask me any questions, and to get a sense of my style as a therapist.  Many new clients take advantage of this opportunity and after the initial appointment, schedule further appointments.  Please contact me to schedule your Get-to-Know appointment.

My schedule is generally Monday – Friday and I have morning, afternoon, and some evening appointments available.  We will find a time that works in your schedule.

FEES
My standard fee is $120 for a 55 minute appointment.    Some private pay clients may qualify for a “reduction of fee at time of services”.   Payment plans are also available.  Please inquire about this.

Currently, I am an in-network provider for PREMERA Blue Cross, REGENCE, FIRST CHOICE, GROUP HEALTH, LIFEWISE, and AETNA.   I DO NOT BILL VALUE OPTIONS. If you would like to use your insurance, please let me know and I will set that up.  My billing is done on-line so this is a convenient option for you.  The fee for the first appointment is $160 when using your insurance.  This covers administrative costs of setting up the on-line billing.

Other insurance companies cover some portion for out-of-network providers.  I would be glad to call your insurance company and ask them about coverage and benefits.

PAYMENT
I accept all widely recognized debit and credit cards such as VISA, MASTERCARD, and AMERICAN EXPRESS.  As well, cash and checks are accepted.  Payment is due at the end of every session unless we negotiate otherwise for unique circumstances.

CANCELLATION POLICY
24 Hour notice to cancel an appointment is required.  You will be required to pay for the full session if it is cancelled with less than 24 hour notice.
PRIVACY
Please be aware of client’s and provider’s rights and responsibilities regarding your Private Health Information (PHI).

I. This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.

II. It is my legal duty to safeguard your protected health information (PHI).

By law I am required to insure that your PHI is kept private. The PHI constitutes information created or noted by me that can be used to identify you. It contains data about your past, present, or future health or condition, the provision of health care services to you, or the payment for such health care. I am required to provide you with this notice about my privacy procedures. This notice must explain when, why, and how I would use and/or disclose your PHI. Use of PHI means when I share, apply, utilize, examine, or analyze information within my practice; PHI is disclosed when I release, transfer, give, or otherwise reveal it to a third party outside my practice. With some exceptions, I may not use or disclose more of your PHI than is necessary to accomplish the purpose for which the use or disclosure is made; however, I am always legally required to follow the privacy practices described in this notice.

Please note that I reserve the right to change the terms of this notice and my privacy policies at any time as permitted by law. Any changes will apply to PHI already on file with me. Before I make any important changes to my policies, I will immediately change this notice and post a new copy of it on my Web site. You may request a copy of this notice from me, or you can view a copy of it in my office or on my Web site, which is located at www.michaelraitt.com.

B.  Certain Other Uses and Disclosures Do Not Require Your Consent

I may use and/or disclose your PHI without your consent or authorization for the following reasons: When disclosure is required by federal, state, or local law; judicial, board, or administrative