Summit Therapy FAQ's
Many large health systems can charge a facility fee for services provided by a speech or occupational therapist employed by a facility, even if the patient never goes to a hospital and the therapy office is not attached to a hospital or facility.
Be wary of of places that LOOK like independent therapy practices but are owned by a large system. You will more than likely have a facility charge of anywhere between $100-500 extra per visit!
Our clinic is locally owned by a speech pathologist and is private, so we do not have a facility charge added to your bill. Your only cost is for evaluations and treatments received, period. This allows us to focus on the best therapy practices while allowing you to reach your goals for almost 1/3 less cost to your family!
- A questionnaire is completed regarding your concerns and your loved one’s medical, developmental, and educational history.
- We will request medical information from the child’s pediatrician or adult’s primary care physician, and may also request information from other medical or educational professionals who have evaluated the child. The appropriate referral and authorization forms will be given ahead of time to collect information.
- Your loved one’s medical, developmental, and educational history is carefully reviewed. Parents or caregivers are interviewed regarding their concerns and the patient’s history. This information helps the Speech-Language Pathologist identify areas to evaluate more closely.
- A variety of methods, including formal and informal tests, observation, parent/caregiver interview, and activities will be used to evaluate your loved one’s speech, language, cognition, swallowing and voice. Selection of testing methods is based on individual needs.
- Initial results of the evaluation and recommendations are reviewed with you and the patient (and child, if age appropriate). A written report detailing evaluation results will be mailed to your home and to your child’s physician (if requested)
The plan may include:
- Recommendations for therapy or re-screening/re-evaluation at a later time
- Initial goals to address during therapy
- Referrals to other professionals (i.e., audiologist, medical specialist, occupational/physical therapist, etc…)
- Referral to other community services, such as an early intervention program
- Suggestions for parents/caregivers and educator