Referrals to the Neuropsychology Clinic
PROCEDURES FOR MAKING REFERRALS TO THE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY CLINIC
In general, the neuropsychological tests administered are chosen by one of our neuropsychologists based on your specific referral questions. These measures are chosen to bring to light both abilities and disabilities in the areas of sensation, perception, concentration, coordinated movement, cognition, memory, and personality, and they are constructed in such a way as to be highly sensitive to the effects of cerebral dysfunction on these abilities. These tests sample a wide range of sensory, motor, and intellectual capacities, as well as provide detailed information on the individual's behavior, in general. We find that the least threatening way to refer to these procedures in talking to patients is to describe them as paper and pencil and other tests that measure the person's behavior, as for example, their memory and concentration.
Patients should be told that they will have to bring any medication that they normally take, as well as lunch or money for a meal in the hospital cafeteria. They should also bring any prescription glasses or other prosthetic devices that they use. They should not consume alcohol or non-essential, non-prescription drugs within six hours prior to testing.
The address for referrals to the Neuropsychology Clinic is:
2101 Commonwealth Blvd, Suite C.
University of Michigan Health Systems
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-5716
Phone number: 734-763-9259
Fax number: 734-936-9262
a. Phone 763-9259. If the secretary is not available, please leave your name and phone number on the answering machine and she will then call back.
b. The secretary will take down the preliminary consult information (this includes name of caller and contact information; patients name, address, and phone number; hospital registration number; ward (if inpatient); and referring and attending physician, their mailing address, and their UofM doctor number if available or license number). Please notify us of any special needs or concerns for the patient (i.e., patient is blind, hearing impaired, time-limited need for information, etc.).
c. Follow this call up with a standard (paper) consult to the Neuropsychology Clinic at the address listed on the previous page.
d. Outpatients will be contacted by our secretary and an appointment will be scheduled.
e. Inpatient scheduling will be arranged with the inpatient service.
f. If you find that your patient has not been scheduled within a reasonable time, please call 763-9259 and check.
h. Verbal feedback can usually be arranged by the end of the week in which testing was performed by calling 763-9259. A written report will follow. The reports are also available in CareWeb (DMI) as soon as they are written.
i. Please be aware that some 3rd party carriers, such as M-Care and Blue Preferred, may require that the referring individual contact their offices for pre-approval for neuropsychological testing prior to the date of the testing appointment. If you have not done this by the time the Neuropsychology Division receives the referral, you will be contacted to make this call. Some health care plans require a referral from the patient's primary physician. Please ask your patient to check to see if this is required.
j. Certain programs, such as CAPH and the Neurology Outpatient Clinic, have a designated "drop-box" for referrals to the Neuropsychology Clinic. In such cases, the Neuropsychology Clinic does not have to be called directly, but you may wish to do this if there are special circumstances involved.
* Patients without a hospital registration number will have one assigned to them by us on the day of their visit.
Click HERE for a description of the General Neuropsychological and Psychological Evaluation Program (GNPEP) and the other clinics offered through the Neuropsychology Division.