Skills For Life
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Do you have to go to Ivy Street School to participate in SFL?
No! The average age of a Skills for Life client is 24 years old. While some of our clients are Ivy Street School students or alum, many are not.
What populations and profiles do you work with?
We work with a diverse group of neurodivergent individuals. Common diagnoses include but are not limited to: ASD, ADHD, EF challenges, anxiety, depression, NVLD, and LD.
We welcome the opportunity to work with anyone in pursuit of developing skills and strategies which support self-advocacy, self-determination, and habits and routines. If you are curious about if we are a fit – book a consultation!
How long will we work together?
The frequency and the duration of services is determined by several factors including clinical needs, client engagement and funding (i.e. insurance benefits). Some Skills For Life clients have been working with their clinicians for many years and continue to find new goal areas to address.
How do we get started?
- Sign up for a 30-minute consultation.
- A member of our team will be in touch via email to schedule a free, 30-minute consultation via phone or video conference. (Note: please allow 3-5 business days for a reply due to high consult volume.)
- Depending on the outcome of the consultation, you will then be coached through enrolling online as a new client.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, Skills for Life Occupational Therapists are credentialed with several insurance payers including:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Tufts – PPO
- Tufts – Together MA, Direct & Unify plans
- BMC -WellSense
- Mass General Brigham Healthplan (formerly AllWays)
- Commonwealth Care Alliance
- Optum- United HealthCare
- Harvard Pilgrim
How do I know if my insurance will cover working with a Skills For Life OT?
We strongly encourage anyone interested in using insurance benefits to cover our services to call your insurance company’s Member Services department to confirm the benefit, discuss covered services, understand co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance, etc.
Skills For Life will also collect insurance information and the name of a primary care physician to begin the process of checking eligibility, confirming the OT benefit and obtaining a prior authorization.
The requirement of a ‘prior authorization’ for outpatient therapies, including OT, is becoming more prevalent with insurance companies. Since most payers and plans require prior authorizations, Skills For Life must submit paperwork to the primary care physician and then the insurance company prior to beginning services to demonstrate medical necessity. This process can take anywhere from several days to a month, but having a PA may support timely and consistent payment of claims by insurance, so we appreciate your patience and understanding.
Lastly, it is important to remember that even though an OT benefit was confirmed, confirmation of benefits is not a guarantee of payment for claim by insurance.