My fee is $160. for a 50-minutes appointment.**
Typically, payments for appointments are made in advance or after the appointment in accordance with the initial agreement. The only exception is if there has been a prior agreement between Abe Kass and the client.
For those having local appointments, many extended health care policies will cover all or part of the payments.
I am is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and registered marriage and family therapist with the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. Check if these specialties are covered by your insurance policy — every policy is different.
If you are covered by a private health insurance plan, at the end of each session you pay me and I will give you an insurance receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Zoom and phone appointments are available. Call me or send me an email and we can discuss what would work best for you. I work with individuals and couples worldwide.
For Phone appointments, there are two types of appointments available: (1) Scheduled and (2) Unscheduled.
When an exact time is “scheduled” for a phone appointment, you will be asked to pay $160.00, for a 50-minutes session.
“Unscheduled” appointments are when you call at your convenience and I am able to speak with you or you leave a message and I call you back when I am free. The charge is as follows:
1. Charges are by-the-minute (end seconds rounded to a full minute) and are determined by the rate for a 50-minutes “scheduled” appointment. For example, at the rate of $160. for 50-minutes that would be $3.20 per minute.
2. Minimum “charge” for a counseling phone call is ten minutes. Thereafter the charge is for each additional minute.
3. The charge for counseling phone calls during regular office hours, which are Sunday 10-2, Monday through Thursday 9-7, Friday 9-2 EST, are at the same rate as an office appointment. Telephone messages left in my voice mailbox or emails for me to listen to or read are as an unscheduled appointment. There is no charge when the call is to schedule or change an appointment.
4. Counseling calls initiated outside regular office hours (see #3 above), are subject to the following conditions:
A. Charge for counseling calls will be increased by ½ time when, upon request, or out of necessity, the call is outside of regular office hours. The charge includes, if necessary, travel time to a private and suitable place to receive or return the phone call.
B. When the office is officially closed during what would normally be regular office hours, such as for a personal or civil holiday, the conditions in item A also apply.
C. Calls increased by ½ time means, for example, that a ten-minute counseling phone call will be charged as if was a fifteen-minute call.
Records, documents, and conversations between clients and Abe Kass are private and confidential. Information will never be released to another person or agency without explicit written consent. Exceptions to this commitment are only when the release of confidential information is required to ensure a client’s or someone else’s immediate safety or if there is an unavoidable court subpoena.
When two or more people attend counseling sessions together, I (Abe Kass) will use appropriate judgment, should the occasion arise to enter into private discussions with one person of the client group about another person in the client group. If requested, I will occasionally agree not to pass on to another member of the client group specific information. However, I will not keep secrets that are harmful to another member in the client group or private appointments secret that other member(s) of the client group do not know about.
For more information about confidentiality in relation to the “Health Information Protection Act 2004” see below “Confidentiality and the Collection of Personal Health Information in accordance HPHA.”
If you need to cancel or change the time of an appointment, please let me know 24 hours in advance. You can leave a message in my voice mailbox. Otherwise, I may ask you to pay for your missed appointment.
If something unexpected comes up, and you are unable to notify me 24 hours in advance, I will certainly understand and there will be no charge.
We collect personal health information about you directly from you or from the person acting on your behalf. The personal health information that we collect may include, for example, your name, date of birth, address, health history, records of your visits to [the Hospital] and the care that you received during those visits. Occasionally, we collect personal health information about you from other sources if we have obtained your consent to do so or if the law permits.
We use and disclose your personal health information to:
You may access and correct your personal health records, or withdraw your consent for some of the above uses and disclosures by contacting us (subject to legal exceptions).
Important Information We take steps to protect your personal health information from theft, loss, and unauthorized access, copying, modification, use, disclosure, and disposal.
We conduct audits and complete investigations to monitor and manage our privacy compliance.
We take steps to ensure that everyone who performs services for us protect your privacy and only use your personal health information for the purposes you have consented to.
* This policy will be periodically updated. February 3, 2021 is the most recent update.
** Fee is USD$160. For Canadian residents the fee is CAD $160.
*** Companies regularly change the technology that may affect the privacy or security of their products. If you would prefer to use another video conferencing platform other than Zoom, let me know and we can discuss the various options.
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* These comments are non-solicited. They are not meant to imply that all people will have similar outcomes. All identifying details have been changed to ensure confidentiality. They have been extracted from records and voluntary remarks for the purpose of research, teaching, publication, and the evaluation of services.