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Common Questions

What can a Psychiatrist do for me?


A Psychiatrist is a certified medical professional who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental illness and psychological problems.  A Psychiatrist has completed medical school, in addition to at least four years of training in the field.  Psychiatrists are not only trained to diagnose and manage mental illness, but are also adept at providing psychotherapy.  Certain specializations within Psychiatry require additional years of training and qualification.  Within the profession, each Psychiatrist has specific areas of interest and specialization but has the skills to provide treatment from multiple approaches.  
  
Will my treatment be kept confidential?


We will not reveal any information regarding the work we do together unless you have signed the Authorization to Disclose Information form.  In the event that you are in danger of harming yourself or another, then we are obligated by law to notify the authorities of this. 

Will the cost of my treatment be covered by my insurance plan?

Dr. Solt is not a contracted provider for any insurance plan. Dr. Solt has a fee schedule, based on her time spent for your clinical care. Dr. Solt accepts checks, cash, and credit cards payments and payment is required at the time of your visit

You will receive an itemized receipt with traditional ICD-10 diagnosis codes and CPT procedure codes at the completion of your visit that you may submit to your Health Insurance plan. 

Dr. Solt is not a Medicare provider, which means that you will not be able to bill Medicare for any portion of her services.  If you have a supplemental or secondary coverage plan, you are allowed to submit your claim to this carrier. 

If you would like Dr. Solt to respond to insurance carrier’s requests for additional information, complete prior authorization of medication forms, fill out disability claims, or provide any type of letter, Dr. Solt is happy to assist; however, the fee will be the prorated amount of her hourly fee to cover the time she spent on it.

What is my diagnosis?

People often want to know, “what is my diagnosis?"  Unfortunately, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual that we use to determine the “diagnosis" is based on the duration and severity of behavioral symptoms that can frequently occur together. These symptoms or syndromes are often the result of many different biological processes (vitamin deficiencies, inflammation, infection, autoimmune, endocrine, neurological, gastroenterological and metabolic diseases that can affect the brain, etc.). 

The “label” that we call "diagnosis" does not reflect the root cause of the illness. Unfortunately, we often do not know what the root cause is as medicine is a constantly developing field and new conditions arise. However, the “diagnostic label” validates the existence of the disorder. 

Some people feel relieved by attaching a “name” to their suffering; others may find the ”diagnostic label” damaging.

I like to emphasize the plasticity of our brain and our nervous system. I find it important to gather all the relevant historical information and carry out a comprehensive evaluation, including genetic and laboratory testing, to be able to identify the elements that make a person resilient and/or vulnerable. 

What if I have an emergency or an urgent situation come up?

If you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, please immediately call 9-1-1.  If you have an urgent situation, call our office, and you will be seen as soon as possible.

Can I contact the office by e-mail?

Dr. Solt cannot practice medicine by e-mail, phone, or text messaging. This includes reviewing labs or making treatment recommendations. If your question requires more than a brief clarification, you must schedule an appointment or phone consultation so that your questions can be given full attention integrated with your entire clinical picture. 

How can I get prescription refills?

For prescription refills, Dr. Solt asks that you contact your pharmacy and have them fax over the medication refill request to (908) 654-7422.  It may take up to 72 business hours to process a prescription refill. 

Controlled medications (stimulants or sedatives) cannot be refilled by fax or phone. You must see Dr. Solt monthly for medication monitoring and a new prescription. 

How often do I need to come in for medication management?

If your care requires medication management, you will need to see Dr. Solt for regular follow-up visits at least every 6 months for stable adult patients and every 3 months for adolescents. 

How do I cancel an appointment?

If you are scheduled for a follow-up appointment, Dr. Solt assumes you will honor this appointment time unless you notify her otherwise at least 24 hours /1 business day/prior to your scheduled appointment. Please know it is your responsibility to remember your appointment date and time.