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Aetna is supposed to be waiving cost shares for all non-covid telehealth appointments for its customers and reimburse providers 100% for services rendered. Unfortunately, Aetna has not been doing so and it is a detrimental error on their end. We have tried calling Aetna multiple times over the course of several months to get paid correctly for services rendered for all of our patients with Aetna Insurance. We have had little to no success.


At this point, we have made the decision to follow what our Explanations of Payment (EOP) from Aetna are saying and are sending out outstanding bills to most of our Aetna Clients. Aetna is paying us correctly for some patients, but not all.


We are holding our patients responsible for the outstanding amount and are sending out bills via email soon. We are willing to set up payment plans. We have also had some patients call Aetna themselves and have been more successful than we have been in getting paid properly for services rendered. We encourage all of our patients with Aetna to call them if they do not wish to be responsible for the outstanding amount.


This was a difficult decision to make, but it seems that other providers are having the same issue.


Just to be clear, we are NOT terminating any relationships with any patients with Aetna nor are we no longer taking Aetna insurance. We are making a business decision based on what the EOPs are saying in holding our patients responsible for the outstanding amounts owed and are sending out bills via email soon. We are willing to set up payment plans. We have also had some patients call Aetna themselves and have been more successful than we have been in getting paid properly for services rendered. We encourage all of our patients with Aetna to call them if they do not wish to be responsible for the outstanding amount. The bills can serve as reference for all dates of services when speaking to Aetna.


If any of you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Stay well.

Updated: Oct 17



UPDATE***For Horizon BCBSNJ clients, from March 17, 2020 until 90 days after the public health emergency and State of Emergency declared by the Governor, there will be no cost-shares during this time for teletherapy sessions at Perlman Counseling. Please note the Federal Blue Cross and Blue Shield cost-shares are NOT waived. If your Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plan is based out of state, please go to the website on the back of your insurance card to find out if cost-shares are waived. There are currently no cost shares for patients with Horizon BCBSNJ insurance at Perlman Counseling at this time.


UPDATE***Effective throughout the entire duration of the New Jersey's public health emergency, AmeriHealth is waiving all cost-shares for non-COVID-19 telehealth visits with participating in-network providers for fully insured groups and individual members from March 06, 2020 until 90 days after the end of both the state of emergency and the public health emergency related to COVID-19. There are currently no cost shares for patients with AmeriHealth insurance at Perlman Counseling at this time.


UPDATE***Effective May 28, 2020, Geisinger Health Plan will waive all cost-shares for all non COVID-19 telehealth visits with participating in-network providers until December 31, 2020. There are currently no cost shares for patients with Geisinger Health Plan insurance at Perlman Counseling at this time.


UPDATE***Effective March 31, 2020, UnitedHealthcare, UnitedHealthcare Oxford, UMR will waive all cost-shares for all-non COVID-19 telehealth visits with participating in-network providers through September 30, 2020. Cost shares have resumed for these plans at Perlman Counseling as of October 1, 2020.


For Aetna clients, from March 6, 2020 through December 31, 2020, all cost shares for in-network telehealth mental health counseling services. There are currently no cost shares for patients with Aetna insurance at Perlman Counseling at this time.


Effective March 3, 2020, Humana (Commercial; NOT Tricare East) is waiving all cost-shares for Telehealth services for participating/in-network providers for the remainder of the calendar year. There are currently no cost shares for patients with Humana (commercial) insurance at Perlman Counseling at this time.


Effective March 18, 2020, 1199SEIU will waive cost-shares for all non-COVID-19 telehealth visits for HOME CARE FUND MEMBERS ONLY. There are currently no cost shares for patients with 1199SEIU insurance at Perlman Counseling at this time.


Effective March 18, 2020, Tricare East will waive cost-shares for all non-COVID-19 telehealth appointments for in-network providers. These temporary changes went into effect on May 12 in the U.S. and will be in place until the end of the president’s declared national emergency. Starting March 10, the changes went into effect overseas. There are cost shares for Tricare insurance holders at this time. Perlman Counseling is Tricare certified, not in-network with Tricare East. We are currently in the final steps of becoming an in-network provider with Tricare East and soon there will be no cost-shares for patients with Tricare East.


If any other insurances waive any cost-shares, we will update this post.


If any existing patients have paid any form of cost-share for during the respective period and they shouldn't have according to their insurance company, we can hold on to the payment and apply it to the next visit that a cost-share would apply.


Last Updated on October 16, 2020

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Updated: Sep 15


“ I saw this movie, How Do You Know?, and it has this amazing line in it...'We are all just one small adjustment away from the life we want,' and it's true! I believe people should be treated as a whole, not as a collection of parts. I use my experiences and knowledge of various fields of study to search for the underlying cause of the symptoms and to help facilitate healing.“ -Lisa Dittman MA, LPC, NCC



Lisa received her Master’s in Counseling at Montclair State University. She has worked in various positions in the field utilizing her counseling skills and innate problem solving abilities as a Guidance Counselor, a Crisis Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor, and an In-home counselor for the last 15 years where she has molded and guided at-risk youth in crisis. Lisa holds certifications in Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy (Ct.H), National Board-Certified Counselor (NCC), Mind/Body Personal Trainer, Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, and CANS certified SNA (NA/BPS).

Lisa specializes in working with children and adolescents and has as extensive knowledge in how to keep families united during times of crisis. Lisa has unique abilities and experiences that will benefit your family and can help the youth in your households remain stable. Lisa specializes in movement therapy with youth and adults. Lisa is also experienced in working with trained therapy dogs and introducing them to various populations all over Ocean County.

Lisa can work with people by utilizing hypnotherapy for cessation of smoking or weight loss reduction, which some insurances do cover. Lisa is a Reiki Master, Seichem Master, and Chios Master. These sessions are available at a self-pay rate.

Lisa is currently in the following insurances, but this list is actively growing:

  • Amerihealth

  • Amerihealth Administrators

  • Geisinger

  • Horizon Blue Commercial Plans (Excluding Medicare, Medicaid/NJ Family Care)

  • Humana Tricare East Region

  • Magellan

  • Qualcare

  • Various EAP plans

All services are available at a reasonable self-pay rate.


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