My goal is to obtain a contract to provide TMS services for a local psychiatrist’s office.
However, statistics indicate 60-70% of major depression cases are being treated by primary care physicians. When these patients fail antidepressant therapy, very few options are available for them. I want to try to reach these patients by requesting referrals from primary care physicians.
While any physician can prescribe TMS therapy, insurance currently only provides reimbursement to psychiatrist & neurologist.
After establishing a partnership with a local psychiatrist, I plan to visit primary care clinics, present the material on the Web site, answer questions and request patient referrals.
- If you were or are a primary care physician & I visited your office, would you refer patients that haven’t responded to antidepressants for TMS therapy?
- If not, is there anything I could do differently so you would refer patients for TMS?
- The first time I contact a primary care clinic do you think it’s be better to request a brief sales visit or to offer a lunch meeting with food brought in for the physician(s) & their staff?
Any advice, ideas or recommendations you’d be willing to provide are greatly appreciated.
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