Behavioral health and nutrition screenings are required prior to having weight loss surgery at Saint Clare's. As a convenience to our patients, nutrition screenings are offered at Saint Clare's Hospital/Dover.
Behavioral health screenings for weight loss surgery candidates are not provided by Saint Clare's, but are offered at our Dover campus by Dr. John Grant and/or Dr. Melissa Rivera-Marano of Bariatric Psychiatric Associates. These doctors are not employees of Saint Clare's, but offer their services at our Dover location as a convenience to our patients.
These screenings are not always covered by insurance. If your insurance company does provide coverage for one or both of these services, they may have specific requirements which must be met. If you plan to file for insurance for either screening, please call your insurance company before your appointment. Using the number listed on your card, and after getting the name of the person you are speaking with, ask the following questions:
- Does my policy cover the following procedures for Diagnosis 278.01 Morbid Obesity?
- Initial Medical Nutrition Evaluations CPT Code 97802
- Behavioral Health (two procedures)
- Psychiatric Diagnosis Interview - CPT 90801
- Psychological Testing - CPT 96101
- Do I need a referral or precertification?
- If yes, how do I obtain this?
- Am I required to use a preferred provider?
- If yes, please provide a list of participating providers in my area.
Bariatric Psychiatric Associates charges for behavioral health screenings. Patients may discuss pricing during the confirmation of insurance coverage. Please be prepared to pay via cash or check at the time of service. If you are not sure if the doctors participate in your insurance plan, please call Bariatric Psychiatric Associates at (732) 583-7726.
While the screenings are required prior to weight loss surgery, you do not need to have them at Saint Clare's. If you are making your appointment with anyone other than Saint Clare's and/or Bariatric Psychiatric Associates, please inform the physician's office you are calling that this service is being requested in preparation for bariatric surgery, and that the report should be sent to your surgeon. If your screenings are performed at Saint Clare's, these reports will automatically be sent to your Surgeon.
Should you have any questions, please call the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at (973) 989-3644.