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For patients who are interested in our TMS Therapy 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 and fax to 617-975-5322.
Most insurance providers will cover the cost of TMS treatment; however criteria differs for each plan. Medicare generally does cover TMS treatment for depression or severe depression. We will work with you and your provider to try to obtain coverage.
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.
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 and psychiatric history. After your evaluation, our physicians will determine if you are a candidate for treatment and provide their recommendation for TMS treatment options.
Although the number of TMS sessions varies by medical indication, patients generally come to the Berenson-Allen Center for 30 daily sessions of TMS therapy Monday through Friday followed by six tapered sessions. The course of treatment usually takes six to eight weeks.
We offer a variety of treatment protocols such as: standard rTMS, DeepTMS, and iTBS. These approaches can be tailored to your particular circumstances as determined by you and your doctors. If insurance will cover your treatment, we must abide by their coverage policies, and this may limit the options available.
Unfortunately, for the safety of the animal, we do not allow service animals in the treatment rooms. You can bring a service animal to the visit, but not into the treatment room, as long as you can provide supervision for the pet. Our volunteer services office may be able to provide assistance.
We understand this has been a challenging time for you, and that you may have questions about returning to the hospital to receive medical care. Our team at the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation continues to provide safe care for our patients most throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
To ensure the safety of our patients and our staff we have put in place the following policies:
Providing face masks to all patients and staff during TMS appointments.
Sanitizing treatment rooms before and after every treatment.
Daily symptom and exposure screening prior to each visit. Assisting patients when necessary in connecting with appropriate resources for further testing and care.
Requiring symptomatic patients to stay home and suspend care until medically cleared.
Separating patient waiting areas and preparing rooms in advance for direct entry when possible to limit patient exposure to the local environment, patients, and staff.
While visitors are normally welcome at our center, during this extraordinary time we are not allowing patients to have any visitors except those requiring additional assistance due to an intellectual/physical disability. We are taking this step because it is in the best interest of our patients, our staff, and the general community.
We remain committed to your safety and wellbeing during this time. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your visit to our center, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-667-0307. Thank you for your cooperation and let’s work to stay healthy together.