Continued Expanding Insurance Coverage for TMS:

Medicare GA/ TN/ AL is the second of ten Medicare regions now accepting TMS as a covered subject. Medicare New England was the first, 8 months ago..

Headline: Medicare agrees to cover TMS treatment for depression in TN GA and AL
Published October 31, 2012 by Philip Nannie

The Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment for those suffering with depression will be covered by Medicare in Tennessee and two other Southern states effective Dec. 1, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies, the governmental agency that administers all things Medicare, and one local Nashville-based psychiatrist.

“TMS will now be available to more patients, giving them the hope of living a life free of depression,” said Burton Hills-based Dr. Scott West, who was the first local psychiatrist to acquire the TMS machine, a space-age contraption that looks similar to a dentist’s chair. West has been using TMS to treat patients since 2010. (See our September magazine story here.)

Further, CMS has granted the same approval for Medicare coverage in Georgia and Alabama including the same Dec. 1 effective date. TMS is FDA-approved for therapy for the treatment of depressed patients who do not receive adequate benefit from prior treatments.

About joesctmsc

Joe Hammock, PhD, Clinical Services Director of Southern Colorado TMS Center, LLC, is a licensed psychologist and member of the American Psychological Association. He is a graduate of Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, and additionally holds an MA from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is certified by the International EMDR Association and by the Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators. Dr. Hammock works with adults, adolescents and couples. In his thirty years of practice in Colorado, he has specialized in the treatment of trauma-based disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, and dissociative disorders. He also has extensive experience in psychological testing and assessment, forensic psychology, and is frequently consulted as an expert witness. Adjunct to his professional practice, Dr. Hammock also specializes in assisting his clients to move beyond psychotherapy through the spiritual and personal growth principles of Awareness, Disclosure, Acceptance, and Discipline.
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