Getting Started & FAQ //
Free Initial Phone Consultation
All new patient contacts are fielded by Licensed Psychologist and Group President, Dr. Baume. He will personally answer or return your call to assess the nature of the concern to determine whether working together with our staff will be a good fit. Front Office staff are also available to assist in understanding and accessing insurance benefits. Please see the biographical statement of each provider for a list of contracted insurance companies and provider networks. After consulting with Dr. Baume, providing demographic and insurance information, he will pass your information along to the evaluating/treating provider who will personally contact you within one business day to schedule an initial appointment day/time and answer any further questions you may have at that time.
If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to the closest emergency room. You may also contact Community North Hospital by texting HelpNow to 20121 or call 317-621-5700. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be contacted at 1-800-273-8255.
Our staff utilize a goal-directed, solution-focused, and evidenced-based intervention approach to symptom assessment and psychotherapy. This includes developing a written treatment plan that contains examples of the reported problems and mutually agreed upon goals and objectives. This
structure provides a benchmark to gauge progress and a timeline for treatment. Approaching therapy in this manner facilitates the most efficient, cost-effective course of treatment.
Clients are encouraged to bring a binder to organize the treatment plan and individualized, evidenced-based written exercises that may be completed during or between sessions. For children/adolescents, this may also include behavior modification tracking forms that measure progress. These exercises and forms can serve as record of a client's treatment efforts and can be used as a resource to address issues that may arise after therapy has ended.
Frequently Asked Questions //
Do you accept my insurance or EAP benefit?
Probably, as we're contracted with most insurance and many Employee Assistance Program (EAP) companies doing business in Indiana listed under Health Plans on this page. We strive to get all of our providers contracted with all of the insurance companies as quickly as possible, but their in-network status can vary due to a myriad of factors. Please reference the Staff tab for an up-to-date list for each provider. If the provider is out-of-network because we do not accept your insurance or the provider is in the credentialing process, we'll offer you 2020 Indiana-based Medicare rates that vary by a provider's license and have to be self-paid at time-of-service. Cost with a licensed masters level provider is $102 per session, while cost with a doctorate level provider is $135 per session.
For those wanting to use EAP sessions authorized by an employer please note that we will accept one course of authorized sessions, which vary according to the employer. EAP is mean for brief assessment and referral, but not for ongoing treatment. Thus, EAP cannot be used with us beyond the initial number of approved sessions even though some EAPs may offer extended sessions for the same issue, different issues, or due to a new calendar year. Following completion of EAP sessions, clients are welcome to transition to their regular insurance plan. Please note that, in order to use EAP benefits, clients are responsible for informing our office of those EAP benefits and to provide us with the authorization number prior to the first session. Otherwise, a client's regular insurance will be billed and EAP cannot be used going forward.
My provider of choice or the one you think would be a good-fit accepts my insurance plan, so they'll see me, right?
We make every effort to get you in with your preferred provider. However, if their caseload is full or largely full and your insurance company reimburses at a significantly lower rate than others, the provider will likely turn down the referral while requesting the front office find another provider of good-fit in the group or refer you back to your insurance company's provider listing. We attempt to negotiate reasonable, Medicare-based rates but some insurance companies simply won't agree even after no increase for many years. Notably, a consumer has the option to waive their insurance and pay our full fees of $180 (initial session) & $145 for masters level provider and $205 (initial session) & $170 for doctorate level provider.
How quickly can I get in for an appointment?
It depends. Provider availability fluctuates depending on full-time or part-time status, busier (Fall) vs. slower (Summer) time of the year, how long they've been with our group, the number of insurance companies with whom they're contracted, the ages and clinical areas treated. While we do not offer emergent/same-day or urgent/24-48 hour appointments, sometimes providers are available. We typically get new consumers in within a few weeks, but possibly longer depending on the provider. Should a new consumer want or need an appointment day/time other than offered by an assigned provider, the provider will notify the front office to possibly have another provider assigned or referred back to insurance.
Do I owe anything when I come in for an appointment and how does insurance work?
After you provide your insurance information, we will check your benefits to determine whether you have a copay at time-of-service and let you know when you check in for your appointment. Copays can range from $5 to $60, but are usually somewhere in-between. If you have a deductible, then the cost of our contracted rate (the discounted rate from our full fees) with your insurance company gets transferred to you and you'll receive an invoice from us. Once you have met your deductible, then your coinsurance may pay for a percentage (for example 80%) of that contracted rate and you'll receive an invoice for the remainder (for example 20%). As a courtesy, we can help you understand insurance benefits, but the consumer is ultimately responsible for knowing the scope of their plan. Should you have a balance, you'll have the option to pay the front office or provider at time-of-service before your appointment upon checking in. You can also pay online, mail or call in a payment. Payments can be made via cash, check, credit or HSA card. All cards are assessed a 3% admin fee, so we encourage the use of cash or check.
How long will it take to get things settled with the insurance company?
Every insurance company handles billing a little differently, but most process claims within 2-4 weeks. Sometimes there are problems with the billing software, clearing house for claims, insurance company, or internal errors, so we make every effort to follow up and reprocess claims when necessary. If you have specific questions about your benefits or account please feel free to contact us.
How long do I have to pay my invoice and can I make interim payments?
You have 30 days from the date of the invoice to pay your balance. If unpaid, an aging report will notify us after 60 days and a second invoice is sent, along with a Final Demand for Payment letter. After 90 days, a third invoice is sent, along with a 10-Day Intent to Collect letter. After 100 days, an account is turned over to collections. Any payment must then be made to our collections vendor with 25% added to the principal balance. Of course, we always prefer to make a payment plan rather then send consumers to collections. It is our policy to not allow consumers to have more than a $500 balance on an account and continue to be scheduled for further sessions. Likewise, any account with an outstanding balance of greater than 60 days will not be scheduled for additional appointments.
How long has Baume Psychological been in business?
Baume Psychological was started in 2006 as a solo private practice. In January 2013, the practice expanded to include Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Professionals.
Health plans //
- ACI EAP
- Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
- Beacon Health Options
- Carebridge EAP
- Community Health Direct
- CorpCare EAP
- Employee Assistance Plans (multiple)
- Encore Health Network
- Envision Health Systems
- ESI EAP
- Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)
- Humana & Humana Military/Tricare Est
- Indiana Health Network (IHN)
- Intermountain EAP
- IU Health Plans
- Magellan (no longer in-network, so 2020 Medicare rates offered)
- Managed Health Network (MHN)
- Managed Health Systems (MHS)
- Matrix EAP
- Medicaid (Hoosier Care Connect, Hoosier Healthwise, Healthy Indiana Plan [HIP], Traditional Medicaid)
- Medical Mutual EAP
- Metropolitan Family Services EAP
- New Avenues/Midwest Behavioral Health
- Optum (of United Healthcare)
- Physicians Health Plan (PHP)
- Provider Select
- Signature Care/Parkview Total Health
- Southeastern Indiana Health Organization (SIHO)
- Three Rivers Provider Network
- TriHealth EAP
- TriWest VA PCCC
- United Behavioral Healthcare (UBH)
- USA MCO