Payment Options

Does Dr. Brunner itemize his bills to maximize transparency? Yes! We are committed to full transparency. We can adjust bills if an insurance company has a special request to maximize the chances you can get reimbused.

Does Dr. Brunner “contract” with insurance companies? No. Clients are expected to pay his full out of pocket rate (which is well within the Tucson market rate) at each time of service, unless alternative arrangements have been made. In other words, we do NOT accept copays.

Does Dr. Brunner submit bills to my insurance company for me? No. But, we can help you know the exact steps you need to take, and the language you can use to talk with your insurance contact. We have over 15 years experience helping people do this successfully!

Is it common for Psychologists to not be able to bill my insurance company? Yes! Unlike physicians who can see up to 50 people a day, psychologists can typically see about 8 if they are doing treatment. Thus, the practice model of these two professional worlds is very different. It is VERY common for psychologists, once they are experienced and have a proven track record, to stop taking insurance because insurance companies tend to exhaust professionals with paperwork requirements taking the away from quality time with clients. In fact, insurance companies do not even pay a living wage to psychological doctors who have often trained for 5 or more years. And Psychologists spend a LOT more time than other professionals with their clients, because of the complexity involved. See my track record here.

Why can’t Dr. Brunner submit his bill to my insurance company?  In order to maintain the high quality you want, I have been unable to contract with insurance companies because they try to dictate what needs to be done, which in turn gives you low quality standard of care.  Rather, I mold my work around your EXACT needs. 

What are my payment options?  Cash, Check, Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), or credit card payments. 

Can I get a quote for how much the work would cost?  Yes.  Just ask us for an estimate! For more complex situations, Dr. Brunner can either do a very brief phone call with you or he can do a 1-hour billable consultation meeting, where you can see if he is the best fit for your situation.

Does Dr. Brunner take AHCCCS or Tricare?  No.  However, we have had many military families work with us over the last 15 years.

Can I use my HSA/FSA account?  Yes!!  If you are going to use your HSA/FSA account, then you will want to contact your HSA or FSA to see if they offer checks to avoid processing fees. 

Can Dr. Brunner’s office help us try to get some degree of reimbursement?  Yes!!  Our office provides an insurance FRIENDLY Superbill that can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement.   You work with them on reimbursement.  We do not get involved beyond giving you the easily submit-able bill.   For example, we are not setup to correspond with the insurance company.

How can I find out how much your insurance company will reimburse you?  Call your insurance company, and if necessary, you can ask to speak to the regional representative for the area you live in.  You can ask the insurance company to clarify how much they will reimburse you for each appointment you have with Dr. Brunner.  The professional activity code Dr. Brunner would use for the first (intake) meeting is typically 90791 and for the regular therapy meetings is 90837.  If you are seeking assessment, the code is  96101.   These codes may change over time, so reconfirm this with our office. 

Once you give them those codes, they will typically say “we will pay 50% of the ‘usual and allowable amount’”.  You will need to ask them what the usual and allowable amount is, because it is often less than what Dr. Brunner’s charge is.  To be crystal clear, you could clarify the hourly rate Dr. Brunner charges and then ask the insurance company how much they would reimburse you for each appointment.  Call our office for his hourly fee.

If you are “shopping around”….

If you think you can only use a doctor who takes your insuranceWhat superficially appears to be the cheapest option is not necessarily the most cost-effective option long-term.

How to make the most long-term, cost-effective decision:  Interview people you are considering, using my blog entitled: 12 questions to ask a Counselor, Therapist, or mentor you are considering seeing

What added value does Dr. Brunner bring to the table?  See my clinical or forensic resumes. As a very low volume, high quality practice, I am committed to being the most long term, cost effective option.  My track record of precision-based efficiency makes me a reliably economical solution.  Feel free to research me online, I have written over 260 blogs. I have crafted an assessment approach that is uniquely visual, where we clearly identify key factors and how they relate to each other. I focus on going beyond generic diagnoses, because scientific studies show us that for successful treatment to occur, there are numerous personality variables that need t be assessed so my treatment recommendations are tailored to your personality. Five people who have ADHD can each have very different personalities, and we need to account for that.

I am also the senior author of a behavioral science measure adapted into 14 languages. My strong reputation has led to my being utilized as an expert witness in courts of law where there are high stakes issues being debated. I have been a qualified evaluator for St. Joseph’s Hospital, the University of Arizona Disability Resource Center (DRC), the University of Arizona Athletics Department, Pima County Superior Court, and the State of Arizona Board of Nursing. My reports have been reviewed and utilized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Discovery Channel. I am the recipient of the Early Career Psychologist Award, and have published numerous book chapters and/or peer-reviewed journal articles on topics including best practices in psychological assessment. I have several trademarks from processes I have developed. I am publishing an upcoming book unveiling a completely new and fresh career guidance method. Sign up to be notified once this book is published. If you are part of the Great Resignation, check out my next generation method called Precisely Engineered Career Guidance (TM):

How does Dr. Brunner handle complex situations? Dr. Brunner will walk you through exactly what he thinks must be done to give you the solution you want.   Dr. Brunner is committed to giving you a deeply reliable assessment that goes to the root(s) of the problem versus imply using a label to categorize the issue.  Listen to me being interviewed as I discuss psychological assessment.

X-ray Dr. Brunner’s research, treatment, consultation, and academic accomplishments: Click here for Dr. Brunner’s Clinical Resume, Forensic Resume, or Linkedin page.  

Read Dr. Brunner’s blogs to get to know him:

12 Powerful – but little known – Psychological Assessments that Provide Roadmaps to a Child’s or Adult’s True Potential

10 Character Flaws that can Derail Even Good People

Listen to Interview of Dr. Brunner talk about what Great Psychological Assessment can do for you

What are the Most Power Psychological Techniques? How to find the Best Help for You or Your Child’s Emotional or Behavioral Issues

The “psychological rattlesnakes” parents miss but which bit their children

Teach your child to have a strong psychological core and be TOUGH AS NAILS!What are the Most Powerful Psychological Techniques? How to Find the Best Help for your or Your Child’s Emotional or Behavioral Issues.