We see patients who seek more personalized care, for example a one on one experience in the sleep lab, more direct contact time with Dr. Krakow, and more post-visit follow-up with our center and Dr. Krakow. These services are much more expensive, and the individuals who seek this type of care rarely rely on insurance coverage.
Patient Scenarios. These services are usually requested by sleep patients outside of New Mexico, who are requesting additional treatment advice from Dr. Krakow through an on-site consultation. As we specialize in helping insomnia patients and mental health patients with unresolved sleep complaints, these are the most common types of patients who seek to contact us for additional care. The patients are usually schedule about a month out from first contact, and we usually schedule them to spend at least 2 to 3 days here to include at least 2 nights of polysomnography and 1 to 2 clinic appts with Dr. Krakow.
- We do not find that insurance coverage usually covers these costs, but some patients do have out-of-state coverage for second opinions or expert consultations, so we are willing to work with these patients. However, in our experience most of these patients pay largely out of pocket for their encounters. In general, their fees would be similar to what typical patients pay here at our sleep medical center, which may be more or less than what they would pay at their local facilities.
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Patient Scenarios. These services are usually requested by sleep patients outside of New Mexico, who are requesting additional treatment advice from Dr. Krakow. As we specialize in helping insomnia patients and mental health patients with unresolved sleep complaints, these are the most common types of patients who seek to contact us for additional care.
In some cases, the patient will want to speak with Dr. Krakow directly, other times only Dr. Krakow and the provider need to speak, and still other patients wish to hold a three-way conference call. Prior to the call, we have the patient complete our standard intake packet and extended packet of questionnaires, which conserves the amount of time needed for the formal part of the consultation, because it gives Dr. Krakow a chance to review the sleep history in advance. The referring physician may also wish to send pertinent notes as well.
Billing. Most of these encounters are not covered through insurance, and the sleep patient pays our sleep center directly through credit cards. Most calls last 30 to 60 minutes. Occasionally, a patient will request additional follow-up phone consultations.
Please call 505-998-7206 for rates.