Selecting A TMS Provider
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Selecting A TMS Provider

If you have decided to try TMS, or even if you are still thinking about it, you may want to start your search for a TMS provider. Selecting a provider is a big step as it will directly impact your treatment – as well as the success of your treatment! There are many centers that provide TMS therapy, so we recommend starting your research as early as possible.

To help you find a provider that meets your standards and that you are comfortable with, we have prepared 8 important questions you should make sure to ask. These will be useful in your discussion with both your physician as well as any potential TMS provider you are considering.

Do you use NeuroStar® equipment?

NeuroStar® ‘s Advanced Therapy System is the leading TMS therapy provider with highest-rated, state-of-the-art equipment. 

Do you specialize in TMS?

Not all TMS providers “specialize” in TMS. Many offer multiple treatment paths, including TMS as one of them. Finding a clinic that focuses specifically on TMS only means their team will have more unique expertise.

How experienced is your doctor? Is he or she recognized as a TMS expert?

Similar to the above question, you will want to make sure your doctor is a specialist. How long have they been conducting TMS therapy? What is their success rate? Are they known in the medical field for the care they provide?

Will you be working with my primary doctor?

Your primary doctor is essential to your overall care. Your TMS provider should ensure they are in-sync with your doctor throughout your treatment and that they collaborate to bring you the best holistic care.

How experienced is your team?

TMS technicians manage the equipment and often conduct your regular sessions, so their experience is as important to consider as the doctor’s. How long have they been managing TMS treatments? How long have they been working as a team?

Does your team know how to manage complex cases?

Depression is not a simple case for anybody. Some patients have had a long-time resistance to antidepressants, while others haven’t. Other medical issues not involving depression may also be alleviated by TMS therapy. Your case is unique to you – and the provider you select should be equipped to handle a variety of complex cases.

Can you provide patient outcome data?

Understanding their patients’ success rates will help give you an idea of what you can expect from your own treatment. Does the provider have any case studies they can share with you?

Are you in-network? Will my insurance cover our sessions?

TMS therapy is now covered by most insurances, but you should confirm that the provider is in your network. They should have a list of the coverage they offer, and help you with any paperwork you may need.

Remember, the most important thing is that you are comfortable with your TMS provider. Before undergoing treatment, make a point to collect the answers to these questions so that you can get to know the full team, their experience, their resources, and what their patients say about them. This will help you be confident not only in your selection of a provider, but also in the success of your overall treatment.

Discuss your options with a friend or loved one, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for further information.

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