Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Telemedicine?
The American Telemedicine Association defines Telemedicine as “the remote delivery of health care services and clinical information using telecommunications technology” and can involve the use of internet, wireless, telephone, and satellite. To learn more about Telemedicine, please visit the American Telemedicine Association FAQ page.
What is Telepsychiatry?
Telepsychiatry is the practice of psychiatry-specific telemedicine. The field of psychiatry is inherently well-suited to using telemedicine techniques as there is generally no physical exam component involved during appointments. These days, most telepsychiatry is done via real-time televideo-conferencing methods very similar to a Skype or FaceTime session. As long as you are at a location with reasonably fast internet access, you can see an online psychiatrist for your appointment.
Why See An Online Psychiatrist?
Convenience and comfort. No more battling congested traffic just to arrive at your appointment late. No more sitting in uncomfortable waiting rooms reading outdated magazines and trying to make awkward small talk with other patients. With telepsychiatry, there’s no need to leave your home or office. Just sit down in front of your computer, smartphone, or tablet at your appointment time and start your appointment. Then go back to whatever you were doing once your appointment is over. All you need is a broadband internet-connected computer with a webcam and microphone, smartphone, or tablet. If you can use Skype or Google Hangouts, you can conduct telepsychiatry appointments.
Efficient high-quality care. Research has shown that patients receiving telepsychiatry care are just as comfortable with their psychiatrists as patients receiving in-person psychiatric care, with similarly positive treatment outcomes. And because telepsychiatry appointments can be conducted from the patient’s home or office, hundreds of hours can potentially be saved each year from no longer needing to travel to and from the psychiatrist’s office or sitting in waiting rooms.
Where Does Dr. Cheng See Patients?
While telemedicine appointments can be done anywhere there is reliable internet, doctors are still limited by state laws on where they are allowed to treat patients. Dr. Cheng currently provides services in the states of Alaska, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas. This may change in the future as her practice expands.
Do You Take Insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid?
We do NOT take any insurance, Medicare, nor Medicaid. The process of billing insurance/Medicare/Medicaid is arduous and time-intensive, and requires practices hire professional medical billers to handle all the paperwork. By not accepting these third-party payers, it allows us to keep our rates low.
If your insurance company will reimburse for telemedicine visits, you can always download your appointment paperwork and submit it yourself to your insurance for reimbursement. You can also pay using your HSA or FSA account, which many employers sponsor. We use the AmWell platform, which allows you to access the paperwork you would need to file for reimbursement yourself with your insurance company once the appointment is over.
How Much Does An Appointment With Dr. Cheng Cost?
Dr. Cheng charges $250 for an initial assessment appointment which is 45 min. All followup appointments (20 min) are $125. The AmWell platform requires you provide credit card payment information before you can schedule an appointment. We do have a strict No-Show policy and you will be charged half the appointment fee if you are a No-Show. If you are more than 10 minutes late for any appointment, you will be considered a No-Show and charged accordingly.
How Do I Schedule An Appointment?
Click here to start scheduling an appointment with Dr. Cheng.
Are There Services or Treatments Not Provided?
Yes. Due to federal law requiring an in-person visit to prescribe any controlled medications, we are unable to provide service for the following conditions:
– ADD/ADHD (IF needing stimulants like Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin, Vyvanse, etc)
– Anxiety/Panic (IF needing benzodiazepines like Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, etc)
– Insomnia (IF needing controlled sleep medications like Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, etc)
If you are NOT needing the controlled medications, then we offer treatment of those conditions using non-controlled medications.
Some conditions require a higher level of care than can be safely provided by us via telepsychiatry, such as:
– Actively having thoughts or urges to self-harm or attempt suicide
– Actively having thoughts or urges to harm someone else
– Eating disorders (anorexia, binging/purging)
– Alcohol or drug addiction/abuse
– Any other condition or set of symptoms deemed by Dr. Cheng at any point to be severe enough to need a higher level of care
We do not provide any legal evaluations / certifications, including but not limited to: disability, FMLA, school/work accommodations, or emotional support animals.
While Dr. Cheng does provide some basic supportive therapy and can teach some basic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques during appointments, we primarily focus on psychiatric medication management and do not provide therapy treatment per se. We strongly recommend any patients who would benefit from psychotherapy treatment to seek their own dedicated therapist.