Is TMS covered by my insurance?
TMS is covered by most insurance providers including Medicare (we are not contracted with Medicaid).
Prior authorization is typically required for insurance coverage. Your physician will manage this process. Typically, treatment with antidepressant medications and psychotherapy may be needed before insurance will authorize TMS Therapy.
Who can get TMS treatment?
Magstim TMS Therapy Systems are indicated for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication in the current episode. Your current physician may refer you to a TMS-trained physician who can best determine if you are a candidate for TMS Therapy.
What does TMS feel like?
The magnetic coil which delivers TMS is positioned on the head. You will hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on your head when the magnetic pulses are delivered. Many patients watch television or read during treatment
What is the typical treatment time?
Most insurances allow for TMS treatment over a 6-week period, 5 times per week. Each treatment is typically between 3 and 37.5 minutes your provider will work with you to determine what timeline is best for you.
Are there any side effects to TMS Therapy?
The most common side effects are mild scalp discomfort or headaches during treatment, but normal activities can typically be resumed immediately after treatment.