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Adult Psychosocial Oncology Billing and Privacy

  • Billing issues

    In general, we will bill your insurance company for psychiatry visits. Most psychiatry visits require prior authorization and most insurance plans have a calendar year maximum. Please check with your insurance company so that you understand your mental health benefits. If you have concerns about paying for treatment, please speak directly with your psychiatrist. For billing questions, please contact us at 617-632-6181.

    Privacy and confidentiality

    Because it's important for your oncologist to be aware of your psychosocial concerns, your medications, and how you are coping, our psychiatrists work closely with your oncology team.

    At the same time, we understand that you might not want to share some issues with other clinicians, and you should feel able to talk to us about what issues you would prefer not to share. We will be happy to talk about any concerns you might have about confidentiality.

    What will be in your medical record?

    The psychiatrist will dictate a summary note for each visit. These notes will be inserted in a restricted note section of your electronic medical record and will not be released to anyone outside Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center without your explicit permission. Details that are not necessary for other clinicians are not included in these summaries.