ADHD POLICY

TO THE PARENTS OF OUR ADHD CHILDREN:

The following is our policy concerning ADHD patients. To make it easier on our patients and their parents, we developed this policy to assist in the ease of treatment and prescription handling.

FOLLOW-UP VISITS:

A six-month follow-up after the initial consultation is required in order to continue to receive ADHD medications. We are sorry if this is an inconvenience, but this helps monitor how the patient is doing on the medication and changes if necessary. In the event that these visits are not kept, we will be unable to provide the prescriptions for your child’s medicine. Keeping these scheduled visits helps to ensure that the medicine will continue to be covered by your insurance.

FOR UHC (including UHC CHIP) PATIENTS ONLY:

Due to new laws associated with the Affordable Health Care Act and HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set), a one-month follow-up is required after an initial appointment for a new ADHD for patients with United Health Care Insurance. A three-month follow-up thereafter is required in order to continue to receive ADHD medications. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but this is one of the many changes in health care that we are forced to comply with in order to continue participation with insurance companies. In the event that these visits are not kept, we will be unable to provide the prescriptions for your child’s medicine. Keeping these scheduled visits helps to ensure that the medicine will continue to be covered by your insurance.

REFILLS:

Please be aware that refilling these medications is based on Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) guidelines. Our practice must follow these guidelines with no exceptions. You must get a new prescription each time he or she needs a refill of the medication. We cannot call in the refills for these medications, unless your child is on a non-stimulant medication. Because stimulant medications require a handwritten prescription, we ask for a minimum of (7) days’ notice. Although non-stimulants can be called in, they also require (7) days’ notice. This is to ensure a continuous supply of the medication for your child. If your physician should be out of the office for a week, this early notice enables us to have a prescription written before he or she runs out of the medication. The front office will call you when the prescription has been written. If you come before being notified, your prescription will not be ready. In addition, if the prescription or the medicine is lost before the thirty (30) days have passed, we cannot refill the medicine for you. This is a DEA guideline.

EMERGENCY REQUEST FEE:

Because we are having so many emergency requests, the physicians will charge a $25 fee for any prescription that needs to be written without the required notice. This will be collected at the time you pick up your prescription, and it cannot be filed to your insurance.