Dr. Sharpe does not participate with any insurance plans and is therefore considered an ‘Out of Network’ provider. Patients are required to pay for their treatment at the time of service. Dr. Sharpe will provide you with an itemized receipt at the end of each appointment which may be submitted on Federal income tax returns as a tax write-off. Because Dr. Sharpe is a psychiatric hospitalist at Baptist hospital and MTMC and because insurance companies do not differentiate inpatient care from outpatient care, patients in the outpatient setting are not allowed to file their own insurance.
Dr. Sharpe has elected not to participate in most insurance plans in order to avoid the administrative problems plaguing the healthcare system today. Working outside of the insurance system allows Dr. Sharpe to customize your treatment plan so that you can receive the treatment that your condition warrants rather than the treatment that the insurance executives have preselected for you. Dr. Sharpe believes that every patient is unique and merits an individualized treatment plan.