Welcome to Life in Balance Center. The following list will help us provide you better service. This packet takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. Please provide us with as much information as possible, as this will help us to file your insurance.
To enable us to provide you with the best care possible be sure to fill out all pages front and back.
Insurance Card Please bring with you to your first appointment. We must have this to copy and put in your file.
Driver’s License or ID to be copied for records.
Any additional Medical Records or notes from previous practitioners.
HIPPA Form has been signed.
Informed Consent signed and initialed where indicted.
Clients Rights & Responsibilities signed and initialed where indicted.
Client Registration filled out completely. Under this if you are not the policy holder of the insurance please indicate the insured Date of Birth and social security number. This now required when we submit a claim. If you do not have this information, you will need to call us back. This will help insure that you are not billed for the service if insurance denies claim.
Client Intake Form please fill this out as completely as you can. This will help your practitioner understand more about your visit. Be sure to sign this form.
Brief Medical History please fill this out completely.
Communication Sheet this needs to be completed and signed.
Please Review Check each page that it has been signed and initialed.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience in filling out these forms to help us better understand your needs. This insures we can bill your insurance correctly. We hope to continue to serve all your needs and appreciate the opportunity to serve you.
Thank you for choosing the Life in Balance Counseling & Wellness Center. Today’s initial appointment will take approximately 50 minutes. We realize that starting counseling is a major decision and you may have many questions. This document is intended to inform you of our policies, State and Federal Laws and your rights. If you have other questions or concerns, please ask and we will try our best to give you all the information you need. All of the clinicians in our practice have earned a graduate degree (Masters or Doctorate) from an accredited University. All Life in Balance Clinicians are licensed to practice in the state of Virginia. Life in Balance also employs resident clinicians who have completed a graduate degree and are pursuing licensure under direct supervision of a licensed clinician. The clinical supervisors name and credentials may be obtained upon request. Our clinicians only practice within their scope of training and experience. In the course of our training and previous employment we have had experience in treating a wide variety of individuals including children, adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, families, and groups. Your counselor will have his/her own primary specialty areas of expertise. Treatment practices, philosophy and plan imitations and risks will be discussed with you today. Laura Rumfeldt M.S., is a Counseling Resident in training under the weekly supervision of Angela McGoldrick, LPC. If you should have any questions, she can be contacted through our front desk staff.
OUR PRACTICE CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING CLINICIANS:
Angela McGoldrick, LPC ☼ Alan Forrest, LPC, LMFT ☼ Dr. Mary M. Amtower, LPC C ☼ Barrie Bondurant, Ph.D., LPC , Michael S. McGee, LPC, DCH ☼ Laura Rumfeldt, M.S. – Resident Counselor
CONFIDENTIALITY AND EMERGENCY SITUATIONS:Your verbal communication and clinical records are strictly confidential except for: a) information shared with consultants, b) information (diagnosis and dates of service) shared with your insurance company to process your claims, c) information you and/or family members report about physical or sexual abuse, neglect or exploitation of a child, elderly or disabled person (By Virginia State Law, we are obligated to report this to the Department of Social Services Adult or Child Protective Services.), d) where you sign a release of information to have specific information shared and e) if you provide information that informs me that you are in danger of harming yourself or others f) information necessary for case supervision or consultation and h) or when required by law. In the unlikely event that your clinician is unable to provide ongoing services another clinician within the group practice will provide those services and will maintain your records for a period of 7 years. Please contact the executive director Angela McGoldrick, LPC for any questions pertaining to this. If an emergency situation for which the client or their guardian feels immediate attention is necessary, the client or guardian understands that they are to contact the emergency services in the community (911) for those services. You may also contact ACCESS Services for Emergencies at 540-961-8400. Our Clinicians will follow those emergency services with standard counseling and support to the client or the client's family.
FINANCIAL/INSURANCE ISSUES: As a courtesy we will bill your insurance company, HMO, responsible party or third party payer for you if you wish. We ask that at each session you pay your co-pay. In the event you have not met your deductible, the full fee is due at each session until the deductible is satisfied. If your insurance company denies payment or does not cover counseling, we request that you pay the balance due at that time. If the balance is not paid after 45 days, any unpaid balance will be charged 1.5% interest a month (18% APR). In the event that an account is overdue and turned over to our collection agency, the client or responsible party will be held responsible for any collection fee charged to our office to collect the debt owed. We ask that every client authorize payment of medical benefits directly to the Life in Balance Counseling & Wellness Center.
Returned checks will carry a $30.00 NON-INSURANCE BILLABLE fee and are expected to be paid in full prior to your next appointment.
Records and Document Review ($30 min.) $95.00 per hour Written Correspondence (depending on type) $50.00 per page
If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please give 24 business hours advance notice, otherwise you will be billed $50.00 for the missed appointment. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and at any time you have any questions regarding insurance, fees, balances or payments please feel free to ask. You may have a copy of this form if requested.
COORDINATION OF TREAMENT: It is important that all health care providers work together. As such, we would like your permission to communicate with your primary care physician and/or psychiatrist. Your consent is valid for one year. If you prefer to decline consent no inform will be shared.
____You may inform my physician(s) ____I decline to inform my physician Physician’s Name:_________________________________________________
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES AND CLIENT RIGHTS: I/We have read and received a copy of the, Notice of Privacy Practices and Client Rights document.
OFFICE HOURS Our office hours are Monday – Thursday 9am-8pm. Friday 9am-3pm and by appointment on Saturday. You may reach our office by phone at 540-381-6215 to schedule an appointment. If we are unavailable you may leave a message on my confidential voice mail box and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
Client Signature Date
CLIENT REGISTRATION Date of Birth ____/____/______ Today’s Date: ____/____/______ Client’sFullName:_______________________________SociaLSecurity#:______________
I authorize treatment deemed necessary by Life in Balance Counseling & Wellness Center Practitioners. I authorize Life in Balance Counseling & Wellness to release to my health plan any and all information which she deems necessary regarding my care and treatment to insure prompt payment of all charges for services provided. I hereby assign the payment for all insurance benefits to Life in Balance Counseling & Wellness for any and all charges incurred in connection with services provided to me. I also consent to a copy of this authorization and assignment being used in place of the original. I understand fully that I remain responsible to pay Life in Balance Counseling & Wellness Center for all charges not paid by either my insurance companies and/or employer, subject to the rules of any federal or state health insurance program such as Medicaid, or to other contractual provisions that may limit a patient’s responsibility to pay for medical costs and services. Payment shall be due at the time of the appointment or within thirty days of receipt of a statement. METHOD OF PAYMENT
All payments and/or co-payments are due at the time of each appointment. Our office accepts personal checks, cash, Visa, and MasterCard. A returned check fee of $35.00 will be charged.
If we receive more than one returned check from an individual we reserve the right to refuse future payment by check.
NO SHOW POLICY
Please contact our office within 24 hours if you are not able to make your appointment. If you do not show for a scheduled appointment a NO SHOW FEE of $50.00 will be charged for the cost of the missed appointment. This cost is not covered by insurance and is your responsibility and must be paid in full before your next appointment. If a second appointment is missed without canceling with a 24 hour notice, all future appointments will be canceled until you speak with your counselor concerning this matter. If a third appointment is missed your counselor may not be willing to reschedule with you depending on your situation.
DO NOT SIGN UNTIL YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS INFORMATION.
UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOTHERAPY It is important for you to understand what counseling is about and what you may expect during therapy. Please read this material carefully and ask the therapist to explain anything that is unclear to you. What are Counseling and Psychotherapy?
“Counseling” and “Psychotherapy”, or simply “therapy”, are words for the same process which is: using proven methods to assist people in changing how they feel and how they behave. Legitimate therapy is practiced by professionals Licensed (or license eligible under supervision) by the state in the areas of Clinical Social Work, Professional Counseling, Psychology, or Psychiatry.
The Risks of Counseling:
Research has shown that competent therapy provided by trained and licensed professionals is helpful to most people. At the same time, therapy is not guaranteed to result in a successful outcome every time for everyone. It is important that you understand this before you invest time and money in counseling. The greatest risk of counseling is that it may not, by itself, resolve your problem or concern. Unexpected emotional strain, stress, and life changes may happen during therapy. Other people in your life may not react to changes you make during therapy in the way you would like for them to respond.
How does therapy work?
Therapy at Life In Balance will involve several steps. Therapy sessions are usually 45 to50 minutes in length, and are typically held one time per week.
First, your counselor will listen to the concerns that you brought to counseling. He/she will get to know you and how you view your life and yourself. You will probably understand your situation better as you and your counselor talk. After you and your counselor explore your concerns, you will choose specific goals and objectives for therapy. Next, you and your counselor will work together to develop a plan for meeting those goals. You and your counselor will work toward accomplishing your goals by using research-proven methods. These methods include, for example, accessing your inner strengths and resources, changing thoughts that affect how you feel and what you do, or homework assignments in which you try on new behaviors to see how they fit. You and your counselor may decide to involve other family members in your session. Please know that any work in the sessions will occur only with your permission. It is very important to your counselor to see that your limits are respected. Your specific needs and concerns will determine what is done.
Your counselor will frequently take time to examine your progress toward your goals to make sure you both are on the right track. You and your counselor will decide together when your therapeutic goals are met and when to move toward completing therapy.
HIPPA NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATIION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY. Effective date: April 14, 2003
The Counseling Office of Life in Balance Counseling and Wellness has been and will always be totally committed to maintaining clients confidentiality. We will only release healthcare information about you in accordance with federal and state laws and ethics of the counseling profession.
This notice describes our policies related to the use and disclosure of your healthcare information.
Uses and disclosures of your health information for the purposes of providing services. Providing treatment services, collecting payment and conducting healthcare operations are necessary activities for quality care. State and federal laws allows us to use and disclose your health information for these purposes.
TREATMENT We may need to use or disclose health information about you to provide, manage or coordinate your care or related services. Which could include consultants and potential referral sources.
PAYMENT Information needed to verify insurance coverage and/or benefits with your insurance carrier, to process your claims as well as information needed for billing and collection purposes. We may bill the person in your family who pays for your insurance.HEALTHCARE OPERATIONS We may need to use information about you to review our treatment procedures and business activity. Information maybe used for certification, compliance and licensing activities. Other uses or disclosures of your information which does not require your consent There are some instances where we may be required to use and disclose information without your consent. For example, but not limited to: Information you and/or your family members report about physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a child, elderly or disabled person. By Virginia State Law, we are obligated to report this to the Department of Children or Adult Protective Services. If you provide information that informs us that you are in danger of harming yourself or others. Information to remind you of /or to reschedule appointments or treatment alternatives. Information shared with law enforcement if a crime is committed on our premises or against our staff or as required by law such as a subpoena or court order.
I have read understand the above information:
Client Signature Date
CLIENT RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
Right to request how we contact you
It is our normal practice to communicate with you at your home address and daytime phone number that you gave us when you scheduled your appointment, about health matters, such as appointment reminders etc.. You have the right to request that our office communicate with you in a different way.
Please check all that apply:
You may contact me:
At home at _____________________ It’s okay to leave a message on my machine/with person who answers
At work at _____________________ It’s okay to leave a message on my machine/with the person who answers.
Please contact me only at the following number _________________________________
Please do not leave a message
Right to release your medical records
You may consent in writing to release your records to others. You have the right to revoke this authorization, in writing, at any time. However, a revocation is not valid to the extent that we acted in reliance on such authorization
Right to inspect and copy your medical and billing records.
You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of your information contained in our medical records. To request access to your billing or health information, contact the office manager. Under limited circumstance we may deny your request to inspect and copy. If you ask for a copy of any information, we may charge a reasonable fee for the costs of copying, mailing and supplies.
Right to add information or amend your clinical records.
If you feel that information contained in your clinical record is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to add information to amend the record. We will make a decision on your request with 60 days, or in some cases within 90 days. Under certain circumstances, we may deny your request to add or amend information. If we deny your request, you have a right to file a statement that you disagree. Your statement and our response will be added to your record. To request an amendment, you must contact your therapist. We will require you to submit your request in writing and to provide an explanation concerning the reason for your request.
Right to an accounting of disclosures.
You may request an accounting of any disclosures, if any, we have made related to your medical information, except for information we used for treatment, payment, or health care operational purposes or that we shared with you or your family, or information that you gave us specific consent to release. It also excludes information we were required to release. To receive information regarding disclosure made for a specific time period no longer than six years and after April 14, 2003, please submit your request in writing to the Privacy Officer. We will notify you of the cost involved in preparing this list.
Right to request restrictions on uses and disclosures of your health information.
You have the right to ask for restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your health information. This request must be in writing and submitted to the therapist. However, we are not required to agree to such a request.
Right to complain.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, please contact us personally, and discuss your concerns. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you may file a written complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An individual will not be retaliated against for filing such a complaint.
Right to receive changes in policy.
You have the right to receive any future policy changes secondary to changes in state and federal laws. This can be obtained from the office manager.
You also have the right:
To be treated in a humane and dignified way.
To be informed of your treatment options, risks, and benefits.
To take an active role in treatment planning.
To have questions answered fully.
To have confidentiality and privacy within legal/ethical guidelines.
To facilitated review of your clinical information.
You have the responsibility:
To be honest in providing information.
To keep your appointments, to be on time, and to give a 24 hour notice if you should need to cancel your appointment.
To be free of alcohol/drugs during your therapy session.
To respect the therapist and facility.
To respect the privacy and rights of others.
To know your insurance requirements, deductibles, and co-pays.
To pay your co-pay at the end of each appointment.
Over the Counter drugs ______________ _______________
Caffeine ______________ _______________
Nicotine ______________ _______________
Other ______________ _______________
If you are currently using any substances, please describe when and where you typically use: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Please describe how your use affects family and friends, including how they perceive your use: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
How do you perceive your use? _____________________________________________
If involved in an intimate relationship (spouse, partner, fiancé, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.), please describe your relationship: _________________________________________________________________________________________
Have you ever been emotionally/mentally, sexually or physically abused? ________________________________________________________________________________
WORK, SOCIAL AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES Are you currently working? _____ If so, where? ___________________________________________
Does your job involve hazardous duties, irregular shifts or other potential stressors? ________________
Do you like your job? ______ If no, what would you rather do?
Did you serve in the military? Branch How long? Combat exposure?
How far did you go in school? __ grade K-8 __ grade 9-12 __ Graduated H.S. __ Some undergrad college __ Bachelor’s degree __ In grad school __ Master’s or doctorate degree
Who do you turn to for support? What do you do for fun? _____________________________________________________________
What do you do for relaxation? ________________________________________________________
Would you say you are spiritual or religious in any way? Please explain activities: ____________________
Do you have any regular spiritual practices or rituals?
Have you had any loss or death in your life that is currently causing you distress? If so, please describe:
How do you cope with loss and/or death?
What language(s) are spoken in your household?
How would you describe yourself ethnically or culturally?
Do you have any physical disabilities? Do you have limitations on vision, hearing, or speech?
What are your sources of income?
Do you receive any kind of assistance with food, housing, or other necessities?
Do you struggle with your bills? Do you have your own transportation?
□ No legal history
Current legal charges (describe) ______________________________________________________
History of involvement in legal system (describe) __________________________________________
Authorization to Release Protected Health Information (PHI) I (Client’s Name) __________________________________ (Date of Birth)_______________ give permission to Life In Balance Counseling and Wellness Center and
__________________________(Clinician’s Name) to send and/or discuss confidential case records and/or test results, to send treatment summaries and diagnosis information to and to receive confidential information from my PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN/PSYCHIATRIST:
I understand my service record is protected under Federal and State regulations and that information to be released by my signature may contain information pertaining to medical, psychiatric, substance abuse treatment and/or confidential HIV/AIDS related information.
This consent shall be in effect from____________________until________________________