Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the most common questions we hear from our prospective patients. Don't see your question? Please contact the neuromodulation coordinator at 617-667-0307!
For patients who are interested in our TMS Clinical Program for depression or other indications of neurologic disorders, you must be followed by a psychologist or psychiatrist who will refer you to our program. Your referring physician should fill out the New Patient Referral Form in its entirety found here and fax to (617) 975-5322.
The New Patient Referral Form is found here. It must be filled out in its entirety by your referring psychiatrist or psychologist and and faxed to (617) 975-5322.
Most insurance providers will cover the cost of treatment; however it differs for each person. Medicare generally does cover TMS treatment for depression. We will work with you and your provider to try and obtain coverage. *For patients who are MassHealth subscribers, MassHealth does not cover the cost of TMS treatment.
Once we receive the completed paperwork from your referring physician, our Neuromodulation Coordinator will review the forms and contact you by phone within 7-10 days to discuss your payment options and to schedule an evaluation.
The evaluation typically takes 60 minutes.
All evaluations are performed by one of our neurologists and/or psychiatrists. During your evaluation, our physicians will ask you a series of questions relating to your neurologic disorder and past treatments. After your evaluation, our physicians will determine if you are a candidate for treatment and provide their recommendation for TMS treatment options.
There is a neurological exam, but generally this does not include examination of heart, lungs, etc.
In most cases, your evaluation is covered by insurance. In some cases, patients choose to self-pay for the visit. Our neuromodulation coordinator will confirm these details with you in advance of your evaluation visits.
Our evaluation appointments are typically scheduled one to three weeks in advance.
Your first TMS treatment can be scheduled after we receive confirmation of insurance coverage. These appointments are typically scheduled two to four weeks in advance.
Although the number of TMS sessions varies by medical indication, patients generally come to the Berenson Allen Center for 30 daily sessions of TMS Monday through Friday followed by six tapered sessions. The course of treatment usually takes six to eight weeks.
Your session time may change from day to day, depending on your availability and the volume of patients that we see every day.
We allot 60 minutes for each daily session.
Yes, you may have you family member in the exam room during your treatment. We also have a waiting area in the Berenson Allen Center for family members who choose to wait with you.
Headaches are uncommon for patients received TMS treatments; a small percentage of our patients have experienced a headache after their TMS session.
Yes, the TMS session does not affect your ability to drive. If you are unable to drive for other medical reasons, we recommend that you refrain from operating a motor vehicle.
Yes, if you come for treatment at least three times per week.