For the first visit, I anticipate 1-2 hours to learn a Mom/ Baby history, assess feeding and determine a plan of care addressing the concerns. Some nursing challenges may take a few visits (initial and “follow up”) to determine the need and appropriate plan for care.
Many insurance providers, by law, do cover outpatient lactation services. It is best to check first for “In Network” IBCLCs. If no “In Network” IBCLCs are available through your insurance provider they are supposed to reimburse you the standard fee you have paid directly to the Lactation Consultant for your visit(s). Some require their own designated forms to be completed for this process. It is best to call their member customer service number ASAP to find out what benefits you have, if any deductibles or pre-approvals are needed and what documentation your insurance carrier requires. I can provide basic insurance forms, including a receipt, to out-of-network Families to submit for reimbursement.
I am currently “In Network” with AmeriHealth, AmeriHealth Administrators + Independence Blue Cross, Independence Administrators if your plan offers Lactation Benefits. These would be listed under “Preventive Care”. Referrals/ pre-approvals may be needed.
The initial home visit is $175.00 This is requested after the first visit for out-of-network Families and includes follow up email, phone or text correspondence (preferred through the more secure Signal App) as desired. Subsequent visits (Follow ups) are $75.00.
HIPAA Compliant Video Conferencing (Telehealth) for urgent concerns is available and is $100.00.
A refundable appointment reservation fee of $50.00 is requested pending receipt of In Network insurance information or the first visit fee.
PLEASE, talk with me if special arrangements are needed. I believe a Family should have the breastfeeding/ feeding support they need and I will do my best to accommodate this.
Options: Checks, cash and credit/debit cards are accepted. Many Families have found the credit card option gives them wiggle room in their budget, pending completion of insurance claims/ reimbursements. I have the secure Square Up program with an option for an electronic invoice completed directly through your email (automatically generates your receipt). This originates from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Venmo (@njfamilyroots) is an additional option.
~Debbie Chalk RN, IBCLC, CPD