The Neuropsychology Program offers a broad range of services to both inpatients and outpatients of all ages throughout Cedars-Sinai and California Rehabilitation Institute. Practitioners specialize in the relationship between the brain and cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning. Many of our neuropsychologists are also part of a specialty team within Cedars-Sinai that participates in research and education both at the medical center and nationally.
Why refer a patient for a neuropsychological evaluation?
Neuropsychological evaluations (NPE) at Cedars-Sinai assist providers with diagnosis, treatment planning and ongoing monitoring of a patient’s cognitive status. The NPE uses standardized tests and procedures that assess how behavior and skills are related to brain structure. A completed NPE provides doctors with an in-depth understanding of the patient's cognitive abilities, including attention, memory and executive functioning (e.g., planning, organizing and problem-solving) as well as linguistic, visuo-perceptual, motor and sensory skills, and their psychological state.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms that may signal the need for neuropsychology services include:
- Decline in memory
- Altered mental state or confusion
- Impairment in thinking
Test results can help patients, families and medical providers by:
- Confirming or clarifying a diagnosis.
- Revealing the practical implications of a neurocognitive impairment (e.g., how an impaired decision-making capacity relates to home, community, school or work reintegration).
- Providing a profile of strengths and weaknesses to guide medical staff, rehabilitation, educational, vocational or other services.
- Documenting changes in functioning since prior examinations, including the effects of treatment.
- Clarifying what compensatory strategies would help optimize the patient’s functioning.
- Resulting in referrals to other specialists, such as, but not limited to, cognitive rehabilitation professionals, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, educational therapists, special education teachers or vocational counselors.
- Providing guidance to patients, family members or caregivers, and medical staff.
- Develop a behavioral management plan and provide guidance to patients, family members or caregivers, medical staff.
Insurance Coverage and Payment Information
All insurance types are generally accepted. However, there may be a difference in range of services covered by your insurance carrier depending on your plan. Please contact your insurance carrier as well as our inpatient or outpatient office to determine coverage and authorization.
The Neuropsychology Program offers assessment and treatment by referral. A referral or prescription is needed to make an appointment. Any Cedars-Sinai doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant can make a referral for a neuropsychological evaluation for inpatients or outpatients using My CS-Link™.
Patients may self-refer for our outpatient services by requesting a prescription or referral from their primary care doctor, pediatrician or any other licensed physician. Click here to print out our most current Neuropsychology Referral Form (PDF) and have your doctor complete it. The completed form may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 310-248-8710.
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