Vacation Coverage Information
Whenever I go on vacation, I leave instructions on my office telephone (734-663-2485) on how to deal with emergencies and with urgent care problems. The emergency instructions are the same as those listed on this page under Psychiatric Emergencies (bottom of this page). I always arrange for a colleague of mine in Ann Arbor to be available on an urgent care basis (i.e. an appointment usually within 48 hours) if you have a problem that cannot wait until I return. The name and phone number of that covering therapist will be on my office telephone message and will be listed below on the Vacation Schedule just prior to the vacation. In addition, I invite you to call me on my cell phone for any urgent care problem when I am on vacation in this country. For security reasons, I do not list my cell phone on this WEB site, but it appears on your monthly bill. Always feel free to ask me for my cell phone number if you have lost it or do not recall it. When this urgent care cell phone option is not available, I will say so on my telephone message and I will note it below on my vacation schedule. Finally, not every “To Be Announced” Vacation actually becomes a vacation; it is easier to have one listed for every season but many remain just empty place holders
Vacation Schedule for 2017
2017 Spring Vacation: Thursday, March 30, 2017 to Monday, April 10, 2017
First Day Resuming Appointments: Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
URGENT CARE COVERAGE: On this vacation I cannot be reached on my cell phone but I hope to have email access on a daily basis. Katharine Tuta, PhD will provide urgent care appointmnts if needed. Dr. Tuta’s office is on the first floor of the building where I now practice and her phone number is: (734) 662-8665
2017 Summer Vacations:
I. JULY 4th Holiday Week Saturday, July 1, 2017 to Sunday, July 9, 2017.
First Day Resuming Appointments: Monday, July 10, 2017
URGENT CARE COVERAGE: To Be Announced
II. August Vacation Saturday, August 12- Monday, September 4, 2017 (this Monday is the Labor Day holiday)
First Day Resuming Appointments: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
URGENT CARE COVERAGE: To Be Announced
2017 Fall Vacations:
Thanksgiving Holiday 2017:
November 23-November 27, 2017 (Note that my Holiday break extends through the Monday after Thanksgiving).
First Day Resuming Appointments: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Christmas Holiday Break 2017-2018:
TBA Christmas Day and New Years Day are on Mondays in 2017-2018.
I bill if sessions are canceled with less than forty-eight hour notice. (Exception: if we meet regularly on a two or three times a week basis and you tell me in your session that you are canceling your next session, I will not bill for it even if the canceled session is less than forty-eight hours away). If you call before the missed session, I will make a good-faith effort to find a make-up time that occurs in the following day or two and that works for both of us; I will then only bill for the make-up session and not the missed session. If I cannot find a suitable make-up session time or if you do not call before your missed session, I then bill for the missed session. Please note that insurance companies do not pay for missed sessions, so if you rely on your insurance, you will now face a full fee bill. If you any questions about how this policy works or why I have it, please feel free to ask me. (See also Question 7 on the FAQ page for a general comment on cancellation policies in therapy).
I bill all my regular patients on a once a month basis. At our last session of the month, I will hand you the bill for the month. Payment is due at the next session, our first of the next month. If you are absent from this first session of the next month, please mail in your payment. If you have Blue Cross insurance, I will bill them directly and you will only pay your co-pay and/or your deductible. Finally, if you are planning to seek reimbursement from another insurance or from a medical savings account, a master medical plan, etc., please let me know and I will present you a bill formatted for those needs.
Psychiatric emergencies are extremely rare events. A psychiatric emergency is a situation where you think you can no longer keep yourself or others safe from your own actions or a situation where you are unable to care for yourself in the most basic, minimal ways. First try to call me on my cell phone. If I am not immediately available and you are not safe go immediately and directly to the nearest hospital emergency room, which will provide safe and timely treatment.