Intravenous (IV) Ketamine Therapy
Doctors Jake & Jessica Hollingsworth founded Pacific Psychiatric Intervention & Wellness Centers, Inc. (PPIWC), formerly Ketamine For Life, in 2015 and has been a pioneer in the use of IV ketamine therapy for depression. Additionally, he, along with 6 other physicians, co-founded the American Society of Ketamine Physicians (ASKP), a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and awareness of the use of ketamine for depression and other psychiatric and pain conditions. The ASKP mission is to:
- Advocate for the safe and effective use of ketamine in the treatment of mental illness and pain disorder
- Promote high scientific, ethical, and professional standards among physicians providing ketamine therapy for mental illness and pain disorders
- Maximize quality of care by furthering knowledge, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas and research in the use of ketamine and other psychotropic medications for the treatment of mental illness and pain disorders
- Expand access to ketamine therapy nationwide
Dr. Jake Hollingsworth has personally delivered over 3000 IV ketamine infusions, and has repeatedly seen patients’ symptoms improve with the use of ketamine after other treatment modalities failed to bring relief.
Dr. Jessica Hollingsworth brings her experience as a board-certified anesthesiologist to PPIWC. She has been instrumental in her contributions to the development of the protocols that are used to deliver the ketamine treatments at PPIWC in the safest and most evidenced based way. She brings a wealth of skills and a warm, nurturing demeanor to the patients of PPIWC & administers ketamine infusions for depression and other psychiatric conditions.
Check out the article regarding a landmark study testing IV ketamine infusion protocols for Treatment Resistant Depression in a recent issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.
This article tests ketamine treatment protocols, and it’s the first study to specifically test maintenance protocols. This study supports the protocols that we have been using all along, but is also the basis for our newly modified protocols. At Pacific Psychiatric, we are dedicated to developing protocols that are both evidence-based and proven safe.
Intravenous (IV) Ketamine Therapy Pricing
On July 1st we raised our infusion prices for the first time in over 3 years to adjust for the rising costs of business. Changes will apply to new patients as of July 1st, and for existing patients if they allow more than 6 months lapse between infusions after July 1st 2019. Infusions are currently $450 per infusion, and “maintenance” infusions (see below for definition) will be reduced to $350. For new patients that pre-pay for all 6-12 of their initial infusions, a 15% discount is applied.
Psychiatric Consultation Fee
*Directly billable to insurance
Assessments last approximately 1 hour
Infusions last approximately 1.5 hours
Consultation Evaluations for ketamine treatments are mandatory for all new patients, and the fee for this service is $250. Consultation appointments take one hour to complete. For patients that we are “in-network” for, the fee for the consultation evaluation can be billed directly to the insurance company by our staff. For these patients, co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles apply. For patients that have insurance, and I am an “out of network” provider for, a superbill can be provided, which patients can submit to insurance companies, but the full payment for the consultation/office visit will be required at time of service. For patients that do not have insurance that we accept, and for patient that choose not to use their insurance for whatever reason, the full cost will need to be collected on each day of service. The consultation appointment can be done via telepsychiatry. Please contact our office for details regarding the telepsychiatric consultation option.
Intravenous (IV) Ketamine Infusions for depression and other psychiatric indications are $450 per treatment.
Initial Ketamine Therapy consists of 12 IV infusions over the course of 10 weeks, split into 2 phases. The details of this protocol (schedule, dosing, etc.) are discussed in detail during the initial evaluation. Infusion appointments generally take an hour and a half. If the symptoms are successfully controlled with these initial treatments, then follow-up evaluations will be conducted to determine long-term treatment plans. Maintenance treatments, usually consists of 1 infusion every 2-5 weeks. Deviations from this protocol are done on a case-by-case basis.
Maintenance Pricing is for patients that have completed 6 infusions at our clinic, and are returning for ongoing ketamine treatments. To qualify for “Maintenance Pricing,” patients need to have had 6 infusions at our clinic, and then return within 6 weeks from their last treatment for subsequent treatments. If more than 6 weeks between infusions, maintenance pricing doesn’t apply, but can be reinstated following the subsequent infusion. Maintenance treatments are discounted by $100.
Required follow-up psychiatric evaluations: For patients that have not had a ketamine infusion or psychiatric evaluation at our clinic for over 3 months, a 20 minute psychiatric evaluation is required prior to the next ketamine infusion, which costs $100 (billable to insurance). For patients that have not had an infusion or psychiatric evaluation at our clinic for over 6 months, a 40 minute psychiatric evaluation is required prior to the next ketamine infusion which costs $150 (billable to insurance). For patients that have not had an infusion or psychiatric evaluation at our clinic for over 1 year, a 60 minute psychiatric evaluation is required prior to the next ketamine infusion which costs $200 (billable to insurance). Follow-up psychiatric evaluations are not required if you have infusions with less than 3 months between treatments.
Insurance Reimbursement for ketamine infusions is not possible as ketamine is a non-FDA approved treatment for depression, and is considered investigational and experimental by most insurance plans.
For questions, please contact our office, and we would be happy to explain any of the pricing details.