All of the providers surveyed regularly performed ADHD assessments, or they considered ADHD assessment and treatment a specialty area for their practice. The providers estimated costs for their usual evaluation method/approach to ADHD, based on their hourly fee multiplied by the amount of time (or sessions) typically required.
The prices were then broken into thee basic categories to reflect the different approaches to evaluating ADHD. The categories include:
Minimal. Providers whose ADHD testing is exceedingly narrow in scope—perhaps one interview session without the use of testing instruments, or the use of a single instrument.
Stepwise. Providers whose ADHD testing begins with a narrower range of tests, most of which focus specifically on the identification of ADHD. Additional tests may be added based on the initial findings.
Extensive. Providers whose ADHD testing includes a comprehensive range of tests, including direct tests for ADHD and "rule-out" tests for other learning disabilities, depression screenings, and others. The extensive approach may require as much as 10 to 15 hours of testing and evaluation time.
The survey results reflect the varying approaches to the evaluation of ADHD by providers in each market. While the average cost of a therapy session was not that different between the two cities, the difference in the average cost of an evaluation was significant—about 138 percent higher in the Los Angeles area. Healthcare Blue Book notes that the disparity reflects the varying approaches to the evaluation of ADHD by providers in each market.
|Survey results for ADHD testing prices
|Price for all categories
|Minimum price for evaluation
|Maximum price for evaluation
|Average price for evaluation
|Average therapy price (per hour)
|Average price by Heathcare Blue Book category
|Minimal average testing price
|Stepwise average testing price
|Extensive average testing price
Editor's Note: Source: Healthcare Blue Book, July 2010