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Due to a high level of interest, there is a waiting list for admission to the Pain Treatment Program (PTP). The Admissions Coordinator will assist you in using the waiting period to complete the following pre-admission requirements:
- Contact the admissions coordinator to inform us of your interest in the program. You will be asked to review information about our program and to sign and return a copy of the Admissions Agreement.
- Fax or e-mail a copy of the front and back of your insurance card(s), along with your date of birth, address, and social security number, for both the patient and the insurance subscriber, to the admissions coordinator so our Business Office can obtain information about your benefits from your insurance company. See Billing Information for more details.
- The Admissions Coordinator will then contact you to give you your insurance company’s quote of your benefits; to guide you through the process of collecting any additional records that may be necessary for your admission; and to arrange your admission when the time comes.
- Contact your treating physician and request that they send at least the past six months of your comprehensive clinical records to the admissions coordinator. We will consult with you and review your records to help determine whether our program is the best option for your treatment. Please be advised that, depending on the requirements of your insurance company, you may need to complete a psychiatric evaluation through your local physician prior to admission.
- You will be placed on the waiting list once all of these steps have been completed.
The Waiting List
We understand that waiting for treatment and navigating the health-care system while dealing with chronic pain can be difficult and frustrating. Unfortunately, due to the small size and unique nature of our program, it is very difficult for us to estimate how long each patient will spend on the waiting list. In addition, many patients on the waiting list change their minds or are unable to obtain the necessary insurance coverage for admission. Therefore we cannot give you a specific 'number in line'.
Once you have completed the pre-admission process (above), you have done everything required for us to process your application. We will call you if we need more information. When your name is nearing the top of the list we will notify you. However, there are things you can do to help minimize your wait time:
- Work with the admissions coordinator to get all of the necessary insurance and clinical information to our office as efficiently as possible.
- Be ready to come to the hospital and keep us updated on any changes in your schedule that might affect your readiness. We understand that some patients will be traveling long distances; we will try to give you as much notice as possible to make the necessary arrangements. However, your flexibility in scheduling the final admission date is much appreciated, and could make the difference in how soon we are able to admit you for treatment.
Pain Treatment Program
Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
600 North Wolfe Street, Meyer 143
Baltimore, Maryland 21287