Welcome to my practice. This document (the Agreement) contains important information about my professional services and business policies. It also contains summary information about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a federal law that provides privacy protections and new patient rights with regard to the use and disclosure of your Protected Health Information (PHI) used for the purpose of treatment, payment, and health care operations.
Due to the rising costs of health care, insurance benefits have increasingly become more complex. It is sometimes difficult to determine exactly how much mental health coverage is available. “Managed Health Care” plans such as HMOs and PPOs often require authorization before they provide reimbursement for mental health services. These plans are often limited to short-term treatment approaches designed to work out specific problems that interfere with a person’s usual level of functioning. It may be necessary to seek approval for more therapy after a certain number of sessions. While much can be accomplished in short-term therapy, some patients feel that they need more services after insurance benefits end. It is important to remember that you always have the right to pay for Tracey's services yourself.
Ethical decision making is a process. There are many instances in social work where simple answers are not available to resolve complex ethical issues. Tracey takes into consideration all the values, principles, and standards in her Code that are relevant to any situation in which ethical judgment is warranted. Her decisions and actions are consistent with the spirit as well as the letter of her Code of Ethics. As a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Tracey adheres to the code found on their webstie.