FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We hope that this page will help answer many of your questions. If you have additional questions, please call our office at (317) 879-1303.
Q1: What are your qualifications?
I attended Indiana University School of Medicine, graduating in 1987, and completed my residency in psychiatry at Indiana University Hospitals in 1991. I was board-certified in general psychiatry in 1993, certified in geriatric psychiatry in 1995, and re-certified in geriatric psychiatry in 2005 and again in 2015. I was certified in psychosomatic medicine (psychiatric care of the medically ill) in 2005.
Q2: What types of patients do you treat?
I have a general outpatient psychiatric practice, treating adults aged 18 and up. My principal focus in on medication treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.
Q3: I can’t wait until your first available appointment. I need to be seen today!
There is a large demand for private psychiatric treatment in the Indianapolis area, and wait times for a first appointment are typically lengthy for whomever you call. You may want to consult your primary care physician if you feel medication needs to be prescribed right away. If you’re in a lot of distress, have strong suicidal thoughts, or otherwise need immediate psychiatric attention , you probably should be evaluated at one of the major hospitals in the city such as Community for inpatient care or an intensive outpatient program.
Q4: What’s the fee for the first appointment?
The first appointment lasts for 45 minutes and costs $225.00. My office staff will call your insurance company before your appointment and determine what your copays and deductibles will be. You will be responsible for paying any copays and deductibles at the time of the appointment. We do take Master Card and Visa.
Q5: What will happen at the first appointment?
At the end of our conversation, I will give you 1) my provisional diagnosis of your condition; 2) the recommended level of care you should receive (in most cases outpatient, rarely inpatient or intensive outpatient); 3) any medication recommendations and prescriptions for these; 4) whether or not talk therapy is recommended, and who should provide this; and 5) when you should return to see me.
Q6: I don’t really want to take medications, but just want to see a therapist. Should I see a psychiatrist?
Like most psychiatrists in today’s world, my practice focus is on medication management. Many patients engage in so-called split treatment, where they see a psychiatrist for medication management and see a non-medical therapist, such as a psychologist or social worker, for talking therapy. We can discuss this at your first appointment. If you are certain that you do not want to take medications, but just want therapy, you likely should see a nonmedical therapist rather than me.
Q7: How much do the follow up appointments cost?
The most common follow up appointment is a 15 minute medication management visit, costing $80.00. A 30 minute visit costs $120.00 and a 45 minute visit $150.00. Patients without insurance paying cash will receive a discount.
Q8: What times are available for appointments?
I am at my outpatient office daily from Mondays through Fridays, with patients being scheduled from 1 pm to 5 pm. I am at Community North Hospital in the mornings, where I am the Medical Director of the Seasons unit for older adults.
Q9: What should I do if I’m having a problem?
For a routine question or problem, call and leave a message either on my voicemail or with the receptionist. I check my voicemail every day during the week, and generally return calls in the late afternoon/early evening when I’m finished seeing patients. If you have an urgent problem that can’t wait, you can call the Community Hospital crisis line at 621-5700 and they can either reach me immediately or discuss it with the physician on call and get back to you. If you’re feeling acutely suicidal or having a major crisis, you should go to the Community Hospital Psychiatric Pavilion to have an evaluation, and they will contact me or the physician on call for me.
Q10: What if I need to be hospitalized?
If you are 65 or older and need psychiatric hospitalization, I will be happy to take care of you on the Seasons unit at Community North. If you are younger than 65, one of my colleagues at Community North will see you at the Psychiatric Pavilion. Should you prefer to go to one of the other psychiatric hospitals in the city, you are welcome to do so, but be aware that I exclusively have hospital privileges at Community and will have no control over either the admissions process or the course of hospital care in another facility.
Q11: How often do I need to come in?
Usually I see new patients back between 4 and 6 weeks after their first appointment. We should have a good idea how well your medications are working at that point. People who are stabilized generally come in every 3 to 6 months or so. This is something we will discuss at your appointments. If you are very stable on your medications you may find it preferable to have your primary care physician write the prescriptions for these which would be fine.
Q12: What happens if I miss an appointment?
My office staff generally calls two days before your appointment to remind you of the appointment. We do require 24 hours’ notice for cancellations. I realize that sometimes crises and unexpected emergencies do come up and appointments have to be cancelled on late notice – if you call before your appointment and offer a legitimate excuse, you will not be charged. Please understand that, unlike many physicians, I do not overbook and if you don’t come at your appointment time I will have no one to see during that time. If you just “forget” or decide not to show up you will be charged for a failed appointment.
Q13: What should I do if I’m running late for an appointment?
Unlike many doctor’s offices, I generally run on time or very close to it. It’s important for you to come on time for your appointments. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late you probably won’t be able to be seen that day, although you should check with the receptionist to see if there are any late cancellations or openings in the schedule.
Q14: I don’t want my mom/dad/husband/wife/employer to know I’m seeing a psychiatrist. How confidential is the treatment?
Psychiatric care is confidential and with a few exceptions (which I’ll discuss with you if you’re concerned) information cannot be disclosed without your consent. Many insurance plans do require authorizations which involve giving them your diagnosis, medications, and some clinical details. If this worries you, you may wish to pay out-of-pocket for your care. I generally do notify the referring doctor or therapist, if any, about your first visit – if you prefer I don’t do this then let me know.
Q15: Your fees are too high! I can’t afford them.
Private psychiatric care is expensive and not affordable to everyone. My fees are competitive and actually on the low side compared to other private psychiatrists in the area. As I am dependent on my patients for my income, I do not do “sliding scale fees” or charity care in my office. Should you need psychiatric care but find the fees unmanageable, I would suggest consulting one of the mental health centers in the area such as Aspire or Gallahue. These receive tax dollars and other subsidies and can see individuals for lower charges than private physicians.
Q16: What happens if I run out of medication between appointments?
I generally put enough refills on medications to last until your next appointment. If you do happen to run out of medicine between appointments, just call and leave a message and I will call in a refill for you. There is no charge for this service.
Dr. Mark R. Ogle, M.D. | Adult & Geriatric Psychiatry | 9310 Waldemar Road | Indianapolis, IN 46268
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