If the patient has recently changed insurance providers, the insurance company may arrange a limited number of meetings (approximately 10) and a period (.B e.g. 60 days since the change of insurance) to allow the patient to continue treatment with the current provider outside the network, while switching to a network provider. If there is evidence that the person might pose a danger to themselves or others, or if it affected the patient psychologically/mentally (e.g.B returns during treatment) if this is necessary to switch to a network provider, a case could be made for increased continuation of care with the current provider. Examples: a patient has an uncertain bond and it is very difficult to trust others. The already existing therapeutic relationship with the current provider can be considered as a factor in the allocation of sca. If you receive an ACS for a current patient for continued treatment, the negotiated rate is based on the patient`s informed consent and consent at the start of treatment with you. Rate increases will be consistent with your pricing policy in informed consent. You can`t charge the patient a lower mobile rate out of pocket and then charge the insurance company your normal full rate if the SCA is back to cover past meetings. If the patient has not had the chance to find a sufficiently qualified network provider, the patient advocates for AA with the out-of-network provider before starting treatment. Sometimes an insurance company may have a „payment with the highest intra-network rate“ policy, in which case you cannot negotiate the rate. You always have the option to refuse the SCA if the rate and conditions are not acceptable to you. As an ABA therapy provider, you may want to consider negotiating a single case agreement (SCA) to offer services to a patient.
These agreements are concluded between insurance companies and out-of-network service providers (OON) with which the OON Agency is recognized as an in-network network provider (DSD). While it is usually the patient who requests SCA from their insurer, based on the absence of other DNS providers for ABA therapy in their area, your agency should always agree on the terms and rates of the services provided. Since insurers are not legally required to provide an ACS, it is important that you present them with the benefits of this possibility. Remember, however, that you remain honest and justified about the justification for the need for A.A. To embellish is to deceive. The ACS application generally falls into two categories: the new client or the current patient. If you are trying to get an ACS for a new patient, you need to consider the needs of the patient (family) in your specialty and the advantage of being close to them. If you are helping a current patient apply for an ACS from a new insurer, you justify the need for the agreement by emphasizing continuity of care.
Also remember that, pending the issuance of an ACS, you must have defined your patient`s financial responsibilities to your agency. . . .