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How do I reserarch in-network options for pediatric therapy services?

How do I reserarch in-network options for pediatric therapy services?

Published: Feb. 15, 2022Updated: Mar. 17, 2022

Don’t despair when you download the network list — they are not written to be family-friendly. Take a moment to identify and weed out the clinics that are listed over and over with different therapist’s names.

Once you have your list narrowed down, there is some information you’ll want to research with the listed providers to determine a network provider’s suitability to address your child’s medical needs as prescribed by the referring physician.

So grab a pen and ask the following questions:

  • What is the provider’s current network status for your plan?
  • What is the duration of sessions (30 or 60 minutes) that the provider can offer for your plan’s contracted rate?
  • What is the level of training of the available evaluating and treating therapist? (See listing of acronyms below*)
  • What is the experience of available therapists in the specific areas of need that have been identified for your child?
  • What is the wait time for the initial session and the availability of suitable ongoing therapy time(s)?
  • Will the provider generate a written evaluation with specific treatment goals?
  • What is the contract rate due per session to meet the annual deductible, and the copay once that deductible is met?
  • If your child will have multiple sessions per week, will all sessions be scheduled with the same provider?

You should always seek the recommendation of your child’s care team before making any final decisions as to a provider for either in- or out-of-network options.

For further assistance, see Going In-Network for Therapies? Here’s a Cheat Sheet.

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