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Initial ketamine treatments are generally condensed into a 6-8 week period that is known as the loading phase. Initially, during the loading phase of treatment, you will receive a series of intramuscular injections (IM) in the soft part of your shoulder with a tiny needle. We have developed and fine tuned this series of injections based on your biochemical and transpersonal experiences. Our primary goal is always safety and rapidly relieving
You will receive up to 2 injections per office visit for a total of 4 office visits and a series of approximately 8 injections that are spread out over the course of 4-6 weeks. This series of injections will continue to build on each other based on your biochemical and transpersonal response. We will also closely monitor your relief, safety, and tolerance to each dose. We have found this series of injections spread out to have the best outcomes for our clients. These injections will be spread out based on safety and tolerability with a goal of increasing your dose until symptoms are relieved with remission as the primary goal.
It has been clinically shown during the initial loading phase of treatment that serial IM injections (injections that are close together over 4-6 weeks) has the best clinical outcome and are more effective when one initially starts ketamine injection therapy.
The majority of clients that do have a significant positive response to ketamine injections approximately (70%) may require maintenance (booster) injections that can vary greatly from client to client. Some clients requiring monthly maintenance injections while others can go much longer. The maintenance protocol truly varies based on the clients initial response to treatment with the primary goal of progressing into longer intervals of 3-6 months between maintenance/booster treatments or not needing the injections at all if remission is achieved.
Ketamine Injection Prices
2 injection given over the course of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours for a psychiatric condition or addiction is
$400 total per office visit
This cost includes your initial assessment of psychiatric and medical conditions, an evaluation of your current medications, and the cost of the ketamine specialist to ensure a safe and effective series of ketamine injections that is tailored to you.
Your office visit includes:
A consultation with a licensed ketamine specialist at each appointment to ensure we are optimizing your treatment plan and goals
1.5 to 2 hrs of closely monitored in office time where the licensed specialist is administering and monitoring your vital signs, mentation, safety, and overall response to the ketamine therapy.
Your first initial injection will typically start at a low to moderate dose to ensure safety and assess how you respond to the ketamine. your next injection will likely be increased to maximize your symptom relief
With your next office visit we will safely keep increasing your dose until we hit your target dose or you start to have a significant amount of symptom relief from whats been causing your suffering.
We are aware that, despite our goal to keep pricing as low as possible, it can still be challenging for many clients to be able to afford ketamine injections. Thus, our clients can be assured that we will closely monitor their response to treatment and recommend against any ongoing injections or treatments if the benefits are not readily apparent after your first 3 office visits.
We have been working diligently and aggressively to make this treatment available to those that can't afford it and we are very excited to announce we are currently working with:
Health First Colorado and some of the Rocky Mountain Health plans but cannot work with Rocky Mountain Prime (look at your card or call Rocky Mountain see if it is a prime plan or not)
Health First Colorado Medicare (State Medicare only)
Sadly, Rocky Mountain Health Plans Prime (A lot of Western Colorado medicaid) is unwilling to work with us despite our best and numerous efforts to work with them
However, you can call enrollment services for health first colorado mediciad and follow these steps:
1. Call 888 367 6557 and press 1
2. Give them your current RMHP Prime Policy # which is a letter followed by 6 numbers.
3. tell them you want to opt out of the Prime but stay on the Rocky Mountain Health Plan region one just not prime!
4. If they tell you that you're past your 90 day open enrollment and have to wait tell the new year tell them per their policy on "Good Cause" that you would like to opt out due to:
The Prime Plan does not cover ketamine treatments that are necessary for your mental health and well being
you can't find any other provider who will see you for ketamine treatments using your prime plan
5. They should allow you to opt out of prime. If not, try calling back and talking to a different agent and be persistent.
6. Lastly, you will need to choose your same PCP or have them find you a random PCP/provider in your region which is region 1
7. Once you're opted out of the prime plan it should change over to simply being state medicaid under the rocky mountain health plan. Your plan should change from prime to regular RMHP on the 1st day of the coming month and hopefully get ketamine fully covered!
We are working on and hopefully will work with in the near future:
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Unfortunately, there are still a lot of insurance companies that do not cover ketamine treatments and consider it "off label" treatment at this time. Hopefully soon all insurance companies will begin to recognize the magnitude and effectiveness ketamine treatments are having on so many lives and begin covering it for everyone.