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Frequently Asked Questions
Why get a medical second opinion?
A medical second opinion is a valuable resource when you are faced with difficult health circumstances or choices regarding your treatment options. Second opinions are quite common throughout the health care industry and are frequently utilized by treating physicians to assist in providing the best care possible for their patients.
Depending on where you live, your availability for travel or your mobility, you may have limited access to highly specialized care. The Johns Hopkins Neuroradiology Medical Second Opinion Program provides timely medical opinions on neurological conditions and neurosurgery from leading experts without requiring you to spend time and money on traveling.
Other reasons for considering a medical second opinion from Johns Hopkins Division of Neuroradiology include:
- Assistance in obtaining the most accurate diagnosis and treatment option for your condition
- Learning more information about other potential diagnoses or treatment options available for your condition
- Confirmation of your physician’s diagnosis or treatment plan
Do I need my physician’s permission to request a medical second opinion?
Yes. The service that Johns Hopkins Division of Neuroradiology offers is designed to complement the care you receive from your local, licensed physician. Johns Hopkins desires to preserve that relationship, as well as the relationship between the Johns Hopkins physician and your physician. We also believe the benefits of your medical second opinion are maximized when your local physician is included in the communication of the assessment and opinion. Additionally, many states require the involvement of your treating physician when consulting with an out-of-state physician. In an effort to adhere to state laws, Johns Hopkins requires your physician's permission.
How much does a medical second opinion cost?
The cost of a Johns Hopkins Neuroradiology Medical Second Opinion depends on the type and amount of radiology images that need to be reviewed.
- If a Computed Tomography (CT) exam is being reviewed, the cost is $200/study.
- If a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam is being reviewed, the cost is $250/study.
- If a Myelogram or Angiogram is being reviewed, the cost is $250/study.
Please note that these charges are only for requests for Neuroradiology medical second opinions. A “study” is defined as one exam from a particular modality (for example, one full CT study or one full MRI study, each with multiple images to review).
Payment is due at the time of the request. Major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover) are the accepted means of payment. A receipt for services will be mailed to you after payment is received.
Does my health insurance cover a medical second opinion?
The Johns Hopkins Neuroradiology Medical Second Opinion Program is a self-pay service. At this time, most health plans do not cover a medical second opinion, although there is increasing interest in doing so. You may contact your insurance carrier to inquire of your benefit coverage for a medical second opinion; however, Johns Hopkins Neuroradiology will not file a claim with your insurance carrier.
Please note that even if coverage is available under your health plan, most insurance companies will require procedure codes to process reimbursements. We cannot provide procedure codes for any services provided through our medical second opinion program. We encourage you to investigate your insurance company’s requirements and are happy to assist you with any questions you have about our services.
How do I request a medical second opinion?
Follow the step-by-step instructions�on how to request a Johns Hopkins Neuroradiology Medical Second Opinion.
Can I cancel my request for a medical second opinion?
Once your credit card has been charged and work has begun on reviewing your medical history to render an opinion, we cannot cancel your request to discontinue your second opinion. Please let us know if there are extenuating circumstances.
Is my state excluded from the medical second opinion program?
We cannot offer medical second opinions to patients who are residents of or have current mailing addresses in Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, New York and North Dakota. Johns Hopkins Division of Neuroradiology abides by state laws governing the practice of medicine in these states.
If you are a resident of one of these states and wish to have a second opinion from a Johns Hopkins neuroradiologist, we are happy to assist you in making an appointment to be seen at one of our offices in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Please call 410-464-6555.
Will my radiological films or CDs be returned?
Radiological films and/or CDs and corresponding reports will be returned to you via overnight courier within two weeks of the completion of your medical second opinion.
Where should I send my medical records, X-rays, pathological slides, and paraffin blocks?
All materials and correspondence should be sent to:
Johns Hopkins Medical Second Opinion Program
Attn: Johns Hopkins USA
Location: 1300 Thames Street, Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone (Toll Free): 410-464-6555
What happens to the results of my second opinion?
Results of the recommendations will be provided to your referring physician.