Frequently Asked Questions
What is a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical physician who specializes
in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses,
including substance abuse and addiction. Psychiatrists are uniquely
qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological
Psychiatric Association: Choosing a Psychiatrist
Psychiatric Association Homepage for Patients
What is addiction medicine?
Addiction Medicine is a specialty of healthcare that
deals with managing problems arising from alcohol and drug use,
including cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, nicotine, LSD, PCP,
inhalants, and marijuana.
Society of Addiction Medicine Home Page
Institute on Drug Abuse Home Page
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Home Page
What is psychosomatic medicine?
Psychosomatic medicine psychiatrists constitute a
group of individuals in psychiatry who have specialized expertise
in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders and the
complex difficulties experienced by patients who are medically
Services & Fees:
We expect to be able to schedule your initial evaluation within 2 weeks of your initial telephone call, and may be able to schedule within 1 week of your initial telephone contact.
Psychiatrist Richard Oddy, MD, MA (Cantab), ABPN, ABAM, ABIHM, AAPM: $350/hour
Full diagnostic evaluation: $350/hour (this is usually a 1hr consultation, please review the website related to this service for a clear understanding of the extensive intake process and related history paperwork).
Follow-up visits may begin with a follow-up at 3-4 weeks and may progress to every 3-6months depending on treatment stability and response.
All follow-up psychiatric services are billed at that hourly rate:
30 minute follow up/medication management with supportive psychotherapy: $175 (this is the most commonly needed follow up visit duration).
60 minute follow up/psychotherapy: $350
Preparation of letters and reports/prior authorizations/after hour calls longer than 10 minutes/telephone consultations: charged at the usual hourly rate.
Deposits for Initial Evaluations:
Deposit before psychiatric evaluation of $75 (payment can be made over the phone when scheduling session). We will schedule you for an appointment as soon as possible, usually within 1-2 weeks. The evaluation deposit will be returned or credited if 48hr notice of a cancellation is provided.
You will receive a reminder e-mail or telephone call prior to your appointment; this will usually be by e-mail but you may request a telephone reminder.
Follow-up appointments will generally be scheduled at the end of each session
Rescheduling and Missed Appointments:
If you need to reschedule any of your appointments, we request 24hrs notice to cancel appointments with any clinician, as we will not be able to use that time to reschedule a patient waiting for a visit with notice less than 24hrs.
You may contact us through the main practice phone number.
Missed appointments will be billed according to the rates for the service that was scheduled.
Contact with the office:
During regular office hours contact may be made by calling the main office telephone number 970-622-0588, or by e-mail at office @richardoddymd.com.
Out of hours contact is in emergencies at 970-213-0843,or follow standard emergency protocol of calling 911, or going to the nearest emergency room. There is a crisis assessment center at Poudre Valley Hospital at 970-495-8090which can also be helpful.
Does Dr. Oddy accept insurance?
Currently, Dr. Oddy is considered an out-of-network provider for all insurance companies. Prior to scheduling an appointment with Dr. Oddy please contact your insurance company to see what they reimburse for out-of-network providers.
If you wish to utilize insurance benefits, we will provide you with a “superbill” so that you may submit a request for reimbursement. The type of reimbursement that you are eligible for will depend on your insurance, network constraints and the nature of your deductible for services.
The providers within our practice are out of network on plans. The reasons for this are complex; basically, we can practice without restrictions on the length of sessions or the number of visits we can see you. Dr. Oddy is not restricted by very short visits and we can provide the highest standard of care this way.
Does Dr. Oddy accept Medicare or Medicaid?
Dr. Oddy is opted out of Medicare and is not a Medicaid provider; Dr. Oddy welcomes you to schedule a visit with himself or psychotherapists but you will be responsible for the fees as above and will not be reimbursed by Medicaid or Medicare.
Overdue Accounts / Other Fees :
Accounts that are past due may be referred to a collection agency as a last resort. Any fees, losses or charges including collection fees or legal fees, up to 50% of the amount owed, made while securing past due balances will be added to any overdue accounts.
Checks that are returned as unpaid by your bank will result in a $30.00 charge.
In regards to requests for responding to a subpoena and requests for records or summary of your records, there is a fee for each that will be added to your account.