TTP #49: Medical Necessity and Pre-Authorization for Testing Services

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Today I’m talking all about the elusive “medical necessity” guidelines and what it takes to get pre-authorization for testing services. Many insurance companies, when they ask for pre-authorization, are just looking for a concrete rationale to support the testing. The more details you can give, and the more clearly you can explain the link between a client’s symptoms, how testing will assess those symptoms, and how testing will positively impact treatment, will all help in getting pre-authorizations approved. Check out this quick, fact-filled episode for more info!

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About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include nine licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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