Neuropsychological evaluations are done to assess the issues related to cognitive processes (thinking) such as attention, concentration, focus, difficulty with problem solving, organization, impulse control, memory, and changes in mood. Information is gathered about how the brain reacts and responds to information it is given to act upon.
For example, in an ADHD evaluation, issues related to visual and auditory attention can be better understood by looking at how well someone responds to information that is given to them visually or by sounds that they hear. This information can be reported back to the referring physician, healthcare provider, or the school in the form of recommendations that are specific to your needs.
This report can be very useful with helping people understand the things they do well so they are able to utilize those strengths to obtain more success.
What Types of Patients May Benefit from a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Healthcare providers regularly refer patients for neuropsychological evaluations that are experiencing cognitive symptoms and want a better understanding of various behaviors so that an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan can be formulated.
Signs, Symptoms, and Behaviors that are Appropriate for a Neuropsychological Evaluation:
- Complex symptoms that adults or children are experiencing that impact mood and or cognition
- A need for a differential diagnosis
- Children with behavioral issues
- Adults with behavioral issues
- Children falling behind in school
- Adults having difficulty in school
- Adults or children with suspected learning disabilities
- Ongoing cognitive or emotional difficulties after a concussion
- Cognitive, emotional, or impulse control issues after a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Cognitive, emotional, impulse control issues, or personality changes after a stroke (CVA)
- Cognitive issues related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Cognitive/behavioral issues related to Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
- Behavioral, cognitive, or social problems indicating the possibility of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Memory problems
Who Orders Neuropsychological Evaluations?
Dr. Bonack regularly receives referrals from the following:
- Family practice doctors
These healthcare practitioners or educators collaborate with Dr. Bonack in order to prescribe or adjust medications, so they can refer to the appropriate specialist, adjust a treatment plan to achieve better results for the patient, or to receive accommodations for school so that a child or adult will achieve more success and not continue to lag behind.
What Happens During a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Each person, whether an individual, or parent(s)/caregiver(s) with their child, spends about an hour with Dr. Bonack in a collaborative interview discussing the difficulties they are having. This interview helps Dr. Bonack to best understand the issues at hand and determine what types of neuropsychological tests are most important.
Once payment arrangements have been made (see below for more information), Dr. Bonack’s psychometrist (someone who performs neuropsychological or psychological tests) calls the individual or parent of individual to schedule times for the individual to come in for testing.
Testing involves a variety of tasks which may include:
- Solving puzzles
- Performing a task or tasks on the computer
- Solving academic problems
- Playing games with the person doing your testing
These tasks help Dr. Bonack better understand what is going on with your brain.
Next, Dr. Bonack analyzes the results and a written report is created. This report includes the appropriate diagnosis, recommendations for treatment and or educational accommodations as needed by each specific individual.
The individual (and parent or parents if appropriate) meets with Dr. Bonack to go over the test results.
Dr. Bonack explains the evaluation results in detail and provides the individual [and parent(s)], with a copy of the evaluation as well as sends one to their referring provider. The patient must sign an authorization to release information to do this.
Payment for Services Provided
If using an insurance company that Dr. Bonack is credentialed with, an authorization request is sent to that insurance company requesting authorization to provide the neuropsychological evaluation.
If client prefers to pay for the services rendered out of pocket, then a bill is provided to the client for the neuropsychological evaluation which then can be submitted as a claim by the client to his/her insurance company.
Our billing company can help you determine what your out of pocket benefits are so that you understand what reimbursement may look like.
People do not have to use their insurance or if they have a high deductible insurance plan, or prefer to pay cash for the services, authorization is NOT needed.
How Do I Schedule a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
We are here to help. Simply give us a call and we will get you in for an evaluation as soon as possible. You can reach us at (719) 323-3094. We look forward to helping you.