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Questions to Ask

Outpatient Providers

  1. Are you accepting new patients? When is your first availability?
  2. What kind of professional training do you have? In eating disorders specifically? Education? Licenses? Are you a certified eating disorder specialist?
  3. How much experience have you had working with eating disorders?
  4. What percentage of your practice is devoted to people with eating disorders
  5. What do you charge for a session? Do you offer a sliding scale rate? If not, will you provide a receipt for out of network reimbursement?
  6. Do you take insurance? If so, which plans? Do you accept Medicare/Medicaid
  7. What if I do not have insurance or mental health benefits under my health care plan?
  8. How are family members included in the treatment process? If a minor, what role you believe family members should play?
  9. How are individual treatment goals and objectives determined?
  10. What is your therapeutic approach (CBT, FBT, DBT, ACT)?
  11. How do you determine what treatment regimen I need?
  12. How do you define recovery and incorporate this philosophy into your treatment approach?
  13. Do you work with a treatment team?
  14. What medical information do you need? Will I need a medical evaluation before entering your care?
  15. What is your appointment availability? How long does an appointment last
  16. How often will we be meeting? Do you have availability to increase frequency of appointments, if necessary?

Treatment Programs

  1. What is the average length of stay at your program?
  2. Describe your patient population (number of patients, age range, genders, diagnoses).
  3. How many individual sessions (i.e. primary therapist, registered dietitian, psychiatrist) do you provide per week?
  4. What levels of care does your program provide?
  5. What does an average day look like?
  6. What is your treatment model/What are your therapeutic approaches?
  7. What is your nutrition food philosophy (i.e. exchanges, intuitive eating, meal plan)?
  8. How do you determine the appropriate treatment approach?
  9. What are sleeping arrangements and accommodations? (i.e. roommates)
  10. If applicable, how do you work with co-morbid diagnoses?
  11. How are family members included in the treatment process?
  12. What are general goals for treatment? What is your recovery philosophy?
  13. Is there a religious or spiritual aspect to your treatment program?
  14. What academic arrangements do you make for school-age patients?
  15. Does your program accept medically unstable patients?
  16. If applicable, do you accommodate tube feeding?
  17. What are the fees for treatment?
  18. Do you take insurance and, if so, which plans? Do you accept Medicare or Medicaid? If your program is out of network with my insurance, will you help to obtain a single case agreement?
  19. What if I do not have insurance or mental health benefits under my health care plan? Do you offer any private pay discounts and/or scholarships?
  20. What medical information do you need? Will I need a medical evaluation before entering your care?
  21. What criteria do you use for discharge?
  22. What is your step-down process in treatment and after treatment? Do you help establish an outside treatment team?

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