About Foresight Mental Health
Mental health and wellness clinic Foresight Mental Health provides members with a comprehensive variety of services and therapies for enhancing mental health and lifestyle.
To provide highly individualized, data-backed treatment regimens to each of our patients and clients, we have assembled a team of psychiatrists, therapists, neuropsychologists, nutritionists, software engineers, bioengineers, data scientists, and researchers.
We’ve been working on technology to make it easier for psychiatrists to administer medicine, and we’ve been doing it for about two years now. Since then, we’ve seen several more ways technology may be used to enhance mental health treatment. A new clinic provides us the chance to rethink mental health treatment using cutting-edge science and technology.
Observance of Our Principles on Foresight Mental Health
At Foresight, we are committed to providing safe and effective medicine prescriptions. Consistency and space for clinical judgment have been included in our practice guidelines.
The Statement of Member Safety
Keeping everyone at Foresight safe and healthy is a top priority. You will be questioned about previous and present thoughts or actions connected with suicide ideation as part of completing a full examination.
We’ll work with you to make sure you’re safe if there’s ever a worry about it. A trusted friend or family member may give support, help you create a safety plan, or call emergency services for you in the event of an urgent need for medical attention.
Please dial 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800) 273-8255 if you are at immediate risk of killing yourself. Our staff at Foresight is committed to your safety and well-being above all else, and suicide is not an inevitable outcome.
An Appointment Cancellation Plan
You confirm your appointment time by scheduling it when you leave our office. In our provider’s schedule, we’re holding this time and date. Without your presence, providers have to assist other members who may need their assistance.
We provide this as a convenience to our members, but you ultimately must keep your appointment. If you cannot make the appointment, you must notify us 24 hours in advance.
Because it would be unjust to other members who have paid missed appointments or late cancellation costs, we ask that you realize that we cannot create an exception for this policy.
If you need to cancel a therapy or psychiatric appointment, you must do so at least one working day in advance to avoid being charged a late cancellation fee.
Late cancellation fees apply to cancellations made with less than one business day’s notice. Not showing up for a booked appointment is charged at the same rate.
Rescheduling fees of Foresight Mental Health:
- A 50-minute appointment with a therapist costs $75.
- Psychologists and Nurse Practitioners: 15/20 minute sessions are each $75.
- $100 for a 30-minute session
- $135 for a 45, 60, or 90-minute session
Your service provider has the authority to reduce this cost in an emergency. Your next visit would be a good time to discuss this.
HIPAA Requirements and Procedures
Foresight is committed to protecting the privacy of your medical records. Protecting your health information is the goal of HIPAA, which stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (PHI).
HIPAA is a federal law that ensures the security of patient health information throughout storage, transfer, and use both within and outside of healthcare facilities (e.g., communication with an insurance provider). Therefore, you must be aware of crucial procedures in place at Foresight to maintain HIPAA compliance.
To protect PHI, Foresight uses HIPAA-compliant platforms for data storage and exchange. Foresight’s Gmail account, for example, is not a HIPAA-compliant medium for communicating PHI; hence, your PHI is de-identified (e.g., your name, address, contact information, social security number, and any other identifiers are removed from correspondence).
Foresight uses password-protected platforms, restricts access to workstations or covers computers with privacy screens, and securely stores or destroys printed PHI to ensure your privacy and confidentiality.
HIPAA-compliant, Foresight’s portal is ideal for contacting your providers online.
If you send an email to your healthcare provider, your physician will probably answer through the portal messaging system. At the beginning of therapy, customers should be provided a written copy of the “HIPAA: Notice of Privacy Practices” form to sign, as mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Every health care professional should have a copy of the NPP on display in their office. If you believe that Foresight has misused your private health information, you may file a complaint here.
Regulations for Telemedicine of Foresight Mental Health
For various circumstances, you may not be able to meet face-to-face with your healthcare professional. Perhaps you’re visiting family, aren’t feeling well enough to travel to Foresight’s office, or need to check in with your therapist between regular appointments.
For those instances when you cannot go to Foresight’s office, telemedicine sessions are available. Doxy. Me, a HIPAA-compliant platform provided by Foresight, allows patients to access telehealth services. Doxy. I allow you to participate in voice and video therapy sessions. Before embarking on a telehealth session, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- If you seek therapy for a specific issue, telehealth may not be the best solution for you. Consult with your healthcare practitioner to see whether telehealth is appropriate for you and your specific situation and need.
- All insurance providers do not cover telehealth sessions. Please check with your insurance company to see whether telehealth sessions are covered. Expenses not covered by your insurance will be your responsibility.
- Despite the importance of maintaining patient anonymity during telehealth sessions, certain hazards are associated with using this technology. As an example, you must assess the privacy of the environment in which you will be participating in the telemedicine session.
- You should consult with your therapist and insurance company about scheduling your first virtual session ahead of time. This will ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible when the time comes.
If you don’t mention it differently when scheduling a session, it will be presumed to be face-to-face.
The Tarasoff remark
The safety of our members is a top priority at Foresight. Thus providers will inquire about members’ previous or present intentions to harm others as part of their full examination.
Foresight providers will take action to protect our members and the community if a member arrives with the intent to harm another person. Safety planning with your provider, notifying possible victims, or calling the authorities are all examples of these procedures.
Termination of Therapy of Foresight Mental Health
Treatment for mental illness might end for a variety of reasons. You and your doctor will agree that further therapy is not required most of the time. In some cases, you or your healthcare professional may decide to put a stop to therapy. The following is a list of the most prevalent causes for dismissal.
When you begin working with your provider, you and your physician will set mutually agreed-upon objectives and expectations for your therapy.
It is possible that you and your doctor may reconsider your treatment plan after you reach these milestones or that you will decide that therapy is no longer necessary.
Your therapy may be in jeopardy if you believe that you are not progressing toward your treatment objectives or that your provider is not compatible with you.
Speaking with your doctor about whether or not you want to modify therapy or discontinue it together is a good idea if you’re having trouble deciding. Your doctor can then work with you to find an option that best suits your needs and wishes.
In certain cases, your doctor may decide to stop therapy because they believe it isn’t working for you. This might be because your provider lacks the expertise in the areas you’re concerned about, or because you and your provider have an unfriendly working relationship, or for any number of other reasons.
In this case, your provider will explain the need for a shift in your care and give you recommendations for help that better suits your requirements.
It’s possible to see a good change in your development when you stop therapy, but it may also be emotionally and logistically challenging.
As a result, Foresight providers attempt to establish an atmosphere where you may address these challenges and receive information and tools that will help you progress in your personal and professional lives.
Regulations on Medications on Foresight Mental Health
We at Foresight are committed to providing our patients with medical prescriptions that are safe and effective. Consistency and space for clinical judgment have been included in our practice guidelines.
A complete list of all prescription drugs:
A prescription for your medicine should be given at your appointment whenever feasible for the benefit of all parties concerned. You and your clinician will decide on how often you should see him or her, depending on the following factors:
What you’re dealing with right now, what symptoms you’re experiencing, what medications you’re on, and whether or not you have access to other resources like family or a therapist
A face-to-face examination is required before a prescription is issued. However, your doctor may consent to a mix of online and in-person appointments to monitor your progress.
If you are using a restricted substance, you will need to visit your doctor more often. Your doctor may ask you to be in treatment, meet a certain number of times a week, or consult with other doctors before he or she prescribes medication (only with your written consent).
In most cases, you will be given a one-month supply of medicine during your initial appointment, and you may be given one refill. Depending on your insurance plan, we may be unable to prescribe more than 30 tablets each month while attempting to titrate your medicine from 1 per day to 2 per day to 3 per day. In other cases, they may restrict your prescriptions to one month at a time, which we would not do. When it comes to medicine, be aware that you may be able to pay for it yourself.
Without an office visit, we may prescribe medications for up to 90 days for patients who have had all of their appointments, labs and reports in order.
To continue your medications, we’ll need to see you in person. Your insurance company may or may not cover a telemedicine appointment. It would be necessary to meet face-to-face at six months if telemedicine was used during the three-month appointment.
Our clinicians have some wiggle room, but they can’t go more than six months without an in-office session. If you’re in a place where you don’t require frequent visits from your primary care physician, you may want to ask him or her to write you a prescription. Consultations at Foresight may help make this choice.
Refills should be requested at least three to five days before expiration. In the event of an emergency, a surcharge may be applied.
Strictly Controlled Drugs
Prescriptions for benzodiazepines (such as Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin), sleep aids (such as Ambien), and stimulants (such as Adderall) must be checked in a state database (“CURES”) before they are written in California (i.e., Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse).
Foresight does not prescribe opioids, and Foresight’s pain is not treated in any way. If you are experiencing pain, please let your doctor know. Many of the drugs we use in psychiatry may also assist with pain.
An emergency department or other healthcare professional may have recently prescribed a restricted medicine. Our physician may not provide the prescription without further information, such as talking with the other practitioner (with your written consent only).
Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a condition that we often encounter in our practice (with or without hyperactivity). It has been tested by some but not by others.
Only a small percentage of those evaluated received full diagnostic evaluations. Even while we don’t need all of the formal testings before starting treatment, we require comprehensive neuropsychological testing for people 18 and older to continue drugs after three months have expired.
In certain cases, you may be put on “Provisional Diagnosis” until all testing has been completed. As long as you are on provisional status, your medications will only be valid for 30 days.
To locate a Neuropsychologist who can do the required tests, you will likely have to go via your insurance panel, and there may be difficulties. Our team will help you in this process.
As a result of the CURES and the inability to refill them, prescribing restricted medications might take the doctor substantially longer. Taking care of refills at regular appointments is the most convenient option for everyone.
Refills of non-controlled drugs may incur a fee even if they are provided free of charge during routine office visits. Your insurance may not cover this extra cost.
If you have any further concerns, feel free to speak with an office staff member or your doctor.