SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT
Please contact Dr. Choy at (949) 288-3098 to schedule an appointment. Once an appointment is scheduled, please complete the new patient paperwork (available on New Patient Paperwork page) and bring them to your appointment.
NEW PATIENT APPOINTMENT PLACEHOLDER FEE
A non-refundable fee of $100 is required to hold a new patient appointment slot. The amount charged is credited towards your initial appointment evaluation fee when you show up for the appointment. Should you miss the scheduled appointment once your credit card is charged, you will not receive a refund. This fee is not reimbursable through your insurance. If you would like to hold an appointment slot after speaking with Dr. Choy, please complete the New Patient Appointment Placeholder Form and fax or email to Dr. Choy.
Office hours are by appointment only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Services are billed at the following rates:
- $350 for a 60 minute initial psychiatric evaluation
- $300 for a 50 minute psychotherapy session, with or without medication management
- $250 for a 25 minute medication management only, follow-up visit
FORMS OF PAYMENT
Credit card (VISA or Mastercard), check or cash are acceptable forms of payment.
CANCELLATIONS AND MISSED APPOINTMENT POLICY - ESTABLISHED PATIENTS
You need to provide at least 48 business hours advance notice of cancellations. Otherwise, you will be expected to pay a missed appointment or late cancellation fee, which is $300 for a 50 minute session and $150 for a 25 minute session. Notification must be done via telephone (as emails may not be received). Business hours are weekdays from Monday through Friday and exclude all standard holidays. Please note that insurance companies do not reimburse for missed sessions.
Dr. Choy does not accept any insurance and full payment for all services is expected at the time of the appointment. You will be provided with a super bill that you can submit to your insurance company. Please check with your insurance company regarding your mental health benefits. Note that when PPO plans provide reimbursement, they typically reimburse a percentage of the customary rates – this rate may be lower than above listed professional fees.
Dr. Choy is not a Medicare provider and has opted out of Medicare. This means that if you are qualified for Medicare and would like to see Dr. Choy, you must enter a private contract in which you agree not to bill Medicare for any services provided by Dr. Choy. You may still be in treatment with other Medicare providers even if you enter a private contract with Dr. Choy.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE INITIAL EVALUATION
The initial psychiatric evaluation is scheduled for 60 minutes. The initial visit is a consultation and an opportunity to decide whether or not Dr. Choy is the right clinician for you. At the end of the first visit, Dr. Choy will determine whether or not you will benefit from further evaluation. In some cases, a follow-up visit may be necessary to complete the evaluation if extra time is needed to gather information from you, speak to your family or loved ones, review past medical records or order any necessary lab work. If it is determined that you will benefit from treatment elsewhere, you will be provided with appropriate referrals.
Medications are not prescribed until the evaluation has been completed, so please make sure that you have enough medication from your previous treating physician.
It is extremely important for this initial assessment to be as comprehensive as possible. A comprehensive assessment is necessary to provide the best treatment recommendation. During the evaluation, you will be asked questions about your current symptoms, your past psychiatrist history, your medical history and other relevant information. These questions may be personal and uncomfortable to talk about or cause discomfort in some people. You are encouraged to be as open as possible so that the most accurate information can be used to help formulate your case.
If you have past medical or mental health records, copies of laboratory reports, EKG results or other test results, please bring them to the first visit. Please also have available contact information of your previous psychiatrist or other physicians taking care of you so that care can be coordinated and collateral information can be obtained if needed.
It is important that the session start on time to allow the full 60 minute evaluation. If a session is started late due to tardiness (regardless of reason), you will be billed an additional $50 per 10 minute increments provided that time allows. Therefore, please complete the new patient paperwork ahead of time and bring them to the appointment. Click on FORMS to download the new patient paperwork. Please plan on arriving 15-20 minutes before the appointment to allow time for parking and to complete any necessary paperwork (not on the ‘Forms’ page).
When you arrive, please check in with the receptionist at the front desk.
Medications can be prescribed after the initial evaluation has been completed. Established patients are always given enough medication and refills until the next office visit, so refills are not necessary over the phone. Please do not have your pharmacy call for a refill. This is to limit medication errors and for your safety. If you have missed or cancelled an appointment, you will be provided with enough medication until the re-scheduled visit, within 1-2 weeks of the missed appointment. Additional refills are not provided past four months from last appointment.
EXPECTED LENGTH OF TREATMENT
The length of treatment is individualized and determined collaboratively. For medication treatment, the recommended length of treatment for most disorders is generally six months or longer, depending on your specific case. For cognitive behavioral therapy, length of treatment is generally 12 to 20 weeks. Cases that are complicated by co-morbid presentations (i.e., more than one disorder) or history of non-response to treatment may take longer. The frequency of medication visits depends on the specific case. Patients may be seen more often during initial treatment or medication adjustment. Patients on a stable medication regimen may be seen every three to four months. Continuous monitoring is important to ensure that you remain well.