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- Exciting Progress on the Insurance Front: Is Neurofeedback Covered by Insurance?
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Help for ADD: ADD (AD/HD)Treatment Options
Help for ADD: Treatment Options
Neurofeedback is a safe and effective treatment to greatly reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with AD/HD and many other disorders. Clients typically respond to neurofeedback rapidly, with significant results noted within a few months of starting treatment.
Dallas Brain Changers utilizes a unique combined auditory and visual continuous performance test which provides important data to assist in better assessing the ADD (AD/HD) symptoms of individuals ages 6 through adult. Following the diagnostic criteria outlined in the DSM-IV, this test provides data to help determine the level of AD/HD symptoms.
It also assists the clinician when differentiating among the four sub-types of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – AD/HD, Predominantly Inattentive Type (formerly called ADD), AD/HD Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type, AD/HD Combined Type, and AD/HD Not Otherwise Specified. The test used by Dallas Brain Changers is 92.3% accurate in diagnosing and assessing specific areas of struggle associated with AD/HD, as opposed to 72% accuracy in other evaluation methods for assessing AD/HD.
Traditional Treatment Options:
There are a myriad of medications available as treatment options and help for ADD, many of which have numerous side effects. Your physician would be the resource for more information about this option. Medication treats the symptoms, but does not address the true cause of the disorder. Effects are typically short-term; thus, this type of treatment is often on-going, with mixed results. Many of our clients are looking for a treatment plan without medication. We will work with your doctor in reducing or eliminating medications.
Many health experts agree that improved nutrition often plays at least a limited role in relieving some symptoms in many disorders, including ADD, and should be included in treatment options for most people. Dallas Brain Changers can assist you in finding healthier nutritional choices and/or can guide you to an appropriate nutritional professional.
When performed alone or practiced in conjunction with medication intervention, counseling and psychotherapy are popular and well-known treatment options for a variety of disorders, including ADD. However, this form of intervention may become a long-term and expensive endeavor, often spanning many years, with widely varying results.
Dallas Brain Changers Treatment Option:
When an integrated approach is utilized, involving both counseling and neurofeedback, results are achieved exponentially, often within a few months, and are proven to be more effective and long-lasting.
*Neurofeedback is an effective, non-drug, non-invasive treatment option that has been proven to permanently reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with many disorders, including AD/HD. It is a technique of operant conditioning which directly changes brain function. Neurofeedback dramatically affects arousal regulation. In so doing, this ‘brain training’ can normalize the propensity to high or low arousal as seen in the qEEG or Brain Map of those with AD/HD. Furthermore, neurofeedback directly acts on specific brain activity known to be altered in AD/HD. Neurofeedback is an option for those seeking treatment without medication.
In collaboration with researchers from Tubingen University (Germany), Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands), Brainclinics and EEG Resource Institute a so-called meta-analysis was conducted on all published research about Neurofeedback treatment in ADD. This meta-analysis included 15 studies and 1194 ADD patients. Based on this study, published in the July 2009 issue of EEG and Clinical Neuroscience, it could be concluded that neurofeedback can indeed be considered an Evidence-Based treatment for ADD. The results show that neurofeedback treatment has large and clinically significant effects on Impulsivity and Inattention with a modest improvement of Hyperactivity.
*Interested clients are advised to make an informed choice regarding Neurofeedback therapists, since there are several treatment options available. It is advised to look for a provider who is board certified by BCIA and a member of AAPB.
New Exciting Progress on the Insurance Front
Beginning in 2012, ISNR became involved in discussions with United Health Care on insurance reimbursement for neurofeedback. In a related effort, the ISNR Board of Directors commissioned Ed Pigott, PhD to author a white paper on a comprehensive meta-analysis comparing the effectiveness of neurofeedback to behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and stimulant medication for treatment of ADHD.
This white paper was created to fulfill several needs, the first being for a thorough documentation of neurofeedback efficacy that was presented to United Health Care during the insurance reimbursement meetings. Another need was for a comprehensive document that neurofeedback practitioners could access for insurance appeals and insurance parity requests on behalf of their clients. This paper also provides a current reference list of neurofeedback studies for ADHD, and addresses issues related to appropriate research designs for learning-based treatments such as neurofeedback.
For access to the site and white paper, click: ISNR White Paper Insurance Reimbursement . You may print and send to your provider encouraging coverage for neurofeedback or to assist in reimbursement for already paid services.
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Dr. Stephanie Golder, MA, ThD, Stephen Minister, Hemispheric Life Coach
Mindy Fritz, MS, LCDC, BCN Associate Fellow