Frequently asked questions
How can I contact my provider in between appointments?
If you are experiencing side effects from medication or need to relay a message in between appointments, you can reach out to your provider directly through the onpatient portal. If you do not yet have access to the onpatient portal, please fill out the "Onpatient Portal" form under the Existing Clients tab or give our office a call at 864-520-2020.
Why is it important to keep my appointments?
Your follow-up appointments are times for you that are specifically reserved with the provider. These times are necessary to evaluate how you are doing and if any medication changes could beneft you. These adjustments can make a difference even if you feel like you are doing okay. Additionally, if you miss an appointment, trying to reschedule can be difficult when the providers' schedules become full. Your follow-up may have to be pushed out for some time, and it is important to stay on top of your mental health treatment before something comes up. Your providers want to see you!
What if I need to move my follow-up?
If you feel that you are not doing well, or that your next appointment will need to be rescheduled for other reasons, it is important that you do this as soon as possible. You can use your onpatient portal to reschedule or contact our office staff as soon as you know that this change will occur.
What if I don't like my medications?
Your treatment plan as established between you and your provider is designed to alleviate your symptoms and address your mental health concerns. However, some regimens or medications may end up requiring changes. If you are experiencing side effects with a medication, please utilize the onpatient portal to message your provider regarding your concerns.
If my medication is not working, can I just stop taking it?
If you feel that your medication is not doing what it should or that it is making you feel worse, do not stop taking it, even under these circumstances. It is important that you stay on the regimen given by your provider until they direct otherwise. In order to receive your next steps, please message your provider through the onpatient portal.
What if I need to switch insurances?
If you have recently changed insurances, either policy or company, please contact our office at your earliest convience. This is important so that you will not face an outstanding balance or a surprise that we are not in network.
What is a prior authorization, and why do I need it?
Prior authorizations are required by many insurance companies for a new medication prescription. Typically, pharmacies will fax this over to our office, and we are able to process our end from there. Please ensure that the pharmacy has our correct fax number on file and sends the information to this correct fax number. The process still relies on the insurance company to approve or deny the request; this can take from 2-5 business days at times. Please be patient with this - we will do everything possible to advocate for the approval of your medication, but ultimately, it comes down to what the insurance company decides.
What is a controlled substance?
A controlled substance is a medication that is controlled by the Drug Enforcement Agency because they have the highest risk for side effects, abuse potential, and dependency potential. While our office does prescribe these medications, they are typically provided on a short-term, limited, or critical need basis. Your provider will do what is best for you with these medications, and it is important that you listen to them about the nature and usage of these medications.
What is an EOB?
An Explanation of Benefits (EOB) statement often arrives via mail and closely resembles a medical bill. The top of the paper will say "THIS IS NOT A BILL". The EOB will provide details about a medical insurance claim/visit to our office and explains what portion was paid to the provider and what portion of the payment, if any, is the client's responsibility.