1. Yes, Dr. Datta does video sessions.
  2. How long are the sessions: The initial session is called a psychiatric evaluation (psych eval) and it’s where we get into your life story. This initial session with Dr. Datta (75-90 minutes) allows us the time to talk about what’s happening now as well as certain issues in the past.
  3. There is another type of initial session that is 60 minutes. However due to complexity of the case, during the phone screen the doctor might request that a 75-90min session be conducted.
  4. The full follow up (45-50 min session) allows for a deep conversation where we dive into medication management, psychotherapy and meditation practices.
  5. The half session is 30 minutes. Dr. Datta has appointments over video chat as well, which are confidential and HIPAA-encrypted to ensure your personal health information is safe. Remote video chat is also done as well as phone sessions.
  6. There is a 48 hour cancellation and rescheduling policy. No-shows are billed. Payments can be taken care of electronically via intuit quickbooks. Patients receive an invoice/bill from intuit quickbooks to their email address.
  7. Even though Dr. Datta practices a psychotherapy first approach, certain cases are very serious and require meds to be discussed first. Depending on the severity of the case and the patient’s presenting symptoms, we need to talk about medications first. Such as if the level of psychosis is so serious or the level of addiction or withdrawal is so serious, then medications may need to be addressed first.
  8. Please note, Datta is not an emergency doctor. These patients are referred to the ER and to be evaluated for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, detox or rehab. Depending on the patient’s location, Dr. Datta usually refers patients to St. Luke’s Roosevelt/Mount Sinai West on 59th street and 10th ave. It is not just because it’s Dr. Datta’s alma mater, but because they provide exceptional care and take most types of insurance.
  9. ​Entrance is on 44th street across the street from a Cornell Club and Best Buy. There is security in the lobby 24/7. You may have to sign in like in most buildings. If security isn’t there, call Dr. Datta to be let in. If your session is after working hours, the glass door on the 4th floor may be locked. Call Dr. Datta to be let in.
  10. ​This is a solo private practice – All correspondence is between patients and Dr. Datta and his Hipaa Trained staff.
  11. Datta does not usually text. Text is only done to manage appointments and small details about medications, when the patient has indicated that it suits them. Texts are not considered therapeutic. Emails convey treatment plans and directions. Emails are medical legal documents. Phone calls and Google Hangout video sessions are therapeutic.
  12. Appointments are clearly made in session or between sessions. Since this is a solo practice, Dr. Datta does not send email reminders for subsequent appointments. Please abide by the 48 hour cancellation/rescheduling policy to avoid being billed for the session. If you are not able to make it to the session a remote session is possible, but only during the patient appointment time.
  13. Both the patient and Dr. Datta reserve the right to stop treatment at anytime.  However, taking breaks or stopping treatment must be clearly communicated.’Ghosting” is highly unprofessional.
  14. When communication with family becomes therapeutic in nature, the time is billed. 
  15. Treatment and termination regarding patients on controlled substance taper down/detox regimens: Dr. Datta can provide a referral to another doctor or the patient can find a doctor on their own if they choose. These patients have the option of presenting to inpatient detox. Treatment can be discontinued at Dr. Datta’s discretion depending on the severity of the violation of the treatment agreement. Ideally, patients are never abandoned in the middle to a taper down/detox regimen. However, treatment with controlled substance/addictive meds is tough sometimes. There are some rare patients who have broken so many basic rules repeatedly, that prescribing become irresponsible and dangerous. Those patients are referred to inpatient rehab or discharged from this practice. Addiction is tough. Part of addiction recovery is relapse. So being accepted back into the practice is done. However, then again, there are patients who break too many rules too often. Sometimes when a doctor prescribes certain controlled substance medications before they are due, it brings the doctor a step closer to losing their medical license.
  16. If certain patients cannot afford Dr. Datta, then they should seek out a faculty practice, a teaching hospital clinic or another doctor that accepts your insurance. Datta’s assistant can explain this process to you. Dr. Datta does not accept payment plans.

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