To provide you with the highest quality care, maintain confidentiality, and avoid restrictions imposed by insurance companies, we are not in-network with any insurers and collect the full fee at time of service. This allows us to spend more time and direct more attention to you and your care, rather than to meeting insurance company requirements.
If you have coverage for out-of-network providers, as is typically offered by PPO insurance plans, you might be able to receive some reimbursement for your treatment, though this is not guaranteed and is determined by your insurance provider. After your treatment is rendered, we will provide you with a superbill at your request that you can submit to your insurance. Payment is due at the time of your visit via cash, check, credit card or Venmo.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy has about a 70% response rate for treatment resistant depression. While some patients start to improve after a few infusions, in our experience there are some who don’t start to show improvement until their 6th or 7th infusion. So if you are going to spend the time and money for this treatment, it is recommended that you do at least 8 infusions to be certain whether it works for you or not. Dr. Dougherty has personally administered over 2000 infusions since 2018, and individualizes treatment and dosing for each patient. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists and Practitioners, and has a special interest in sports psychiatry and traumatic brain injuries.
IV ketamine treatment starts with a series of infusions twice a week for 3 weeks. If there is not significant improvement yet, we do 2 more in the 4th week. If you are not seeing improvement after 8 infusions it is unlikely that more will be of benefit. If you experience significant benefit earlier in the series, then we start to spread them out. We will monitor your progress to see how long you can go in between treatments and still maintain the benefits. Most patients tend to need maintenance infusions about once a month, with a common range between 3 and 6 weeks.
Some patients prefer to quietly relax and explore their mind and the unique perspectives that ketamine can provide. Others like to listen to music or a guided meditation. And patients with a history of PTSD or anxiety benefit greatly from doing therapy during their infusion (see the Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy section).