Patients

A Holistic Approach to Treating Patients

Insurance

We accept the following major insurances:

  • CareFirst: BlueCrossBlueShield, Anthem
  • Aetna (Excluding Aetna Innovation plans whose member IDs begin with the number 1)
  • United Healthcare (Excluding GEHA)
  • Cigna (Excluding Cigna Connect)

 

Dr. Fotuhi has opted out of Medicare. However, the “secondary insurance” for Medicare patients who have one of the above insurances usually covers our services. Please call our office for more information.

Please use the form linked below to contact your insurance company and verify that our program is covered under medical.

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Our Process

Initial Testing

We require all new patients to undergo Neurocognitive Testing and Quantitative EEG Brain Mapping in order to establish a baseline for future care.

The Neurocognitive Evaluation: 60-120 minutes
qEEG Brain Mapping: 60-90 minutes

You must complete both tests before your New Patient Appointment with Dr. Fotuhi.

New Patient Appointment

After your initial testing, you will undergo a comprehensive neurological evaluation by Dr. Fotuhi. This includes a review of your medical records, brain fitness questionnaire, physical exam, neurological exam, cognitive screening, ordering follow up tests, and an initial diagnosis. The evaluation takes 30-60 minutes.

If needed, you will be referred to an outside provider for blood tests, MRIs, sleep study testing, or any other diagnostic tests. You may also be referred to another provider for additional screening or care.

Treatment Services and Follow-Up

The treatment sessions with the multi-disciplinary Brain Fitness Program or Concussion Recovery Program includes 1-2 sessions a week of each of the following services:

  • Cognitive Skills Training (45 minutes)
  • Brain Coaching (45 minutes)
  • Neurofeedback (45 minutes)

 

All sessions are face-to-face individual training and take about one hour.

You may schedule a follow-up office visit with Dr. Fotuhi. This includes review of test results, confirmation of a diagnosis, and formulation of a final diagnosis and a treatment plan. A follow up visit takes 15-30 minutes.

Your First Appointment

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to ensure your registration is complete in time. Please remember to bring the following items with you:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Insurance card
  • New Patient Registration form
  • A form of payment

To make sure we are able to provide you with the most comprehensive care please send us all medical history records 48 hours prior to your first appointment. These can include:

  • Medical records (physician notes, sleep study results, etc.)
  • Imaging records (MRI, CT scans, etc.)
  • Lab records (blood tests, disease screenings, etc)

New Patient Forms

We would like to learn about the details of your past medical history, especially as they relate to your current neurological symptoms. Please complete the Patient History Questionnaire form and let us know about previous physicians, any tests and procedures, and the list of your current medications. If you have them, bring blood test results, MRI reports, and any other related medical records with you.

As a new patient, you must complete the registration form and sign the HIPAA authorization and consent forms. If possible, please bring the completed forms with you at your first visit.

Missed Appointments

We understand that sometimes you may not be able to make your appointments. Please notify us at least one day ahead of your visit.

There will be a $25 fee for cancellation notices in less than 24 hours.

Get In Touch

Initial Testing Policy

We require all new patients to undergo initial Neurocognitive Testing and Quantitative EEG Brain Mapping in order to establish quantitative and qualitative baselines prior to your care at NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center. For more information on the science behind our treatment plans, please visit our Publications page.

Frequently Asked Questions

A multidisciplinary program that includes a comprehensive brain evaluation at baseline followed by three sets of non-pharmaceutical interventions: (1) neurofeedback treatment, (2) directed, one-on-one cognitive training (e.g. memorizing names or a list of 20 items), and (3) personalized lifestyle coaching (e.g. meditation for stress reduction, instructions for a brain-healthy diet, and training for following specific lifestyle choices for a stronger brain).

Dr. Majid Fotuhi is a nationally-recognized neurologist with over 25 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Medical School. He is the author of three books about improving memory and brain performance, including his most recent book, Boost Your Brain. Dr. Fotuhi will meet in person with you or your child, and supervise all interventions you receive in the Brain Fitness Program. He and his brain coaches and neurofeedback specialists monitor your progress on a weekly basis, ensuring that you are constantly progressing toward your goal.

No. All components of the Brain Fitness Program, including neurofeedback, harness your brain’s natural abilities to improve itself without any medications or direct brain stimulation. These interventions help you grow new pathways in your brain, ensuring long lasting benefits.

At NeuroGrow, brain coaches help patients use both hands-on brain games and/or a computer-based brain games from HappyNeuron. Based on the results of cognitive testing and the set of specific symptoms each patient has, Dr. Fotuhi assigns specific brain games for them at the beginning of their brain training program. He then monitors their progress objectively by repeating their cognitive testing at mid-way in their program and at the end of their program.

We use objective neurocognitive testing and qEEG brain mapping to evaluate our patients at the beginning, at mid point, and at the end of our brain training program. These test results, along with the answers to the questionnaires about their sleep, exercise, diet, mood, stress levels, attitude toward life, and time management, help us monitor the progress of our patients.
Dr. Fotuhi makes changes in the brain training and neurofeedback protocols for our patients based on these objective and subjective scores, as needed. We also give a booklet to our patient (which we call The Passport) to help our patients establish their goals at the beginning of the program and then track their progress on a weekly basis.

Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback which uses your brain wave patterns (obtained via live EEG recording) to help you become more calm and focused. Based on a large number of placebo-controlled clinical research studies, neurofeedback utilizes your brain’s natural neuroplasticity system to improve your attention, focus, sleep, and mood.

Yes. Several hundred studies have shown that patients with ADD/ADHD, memory loss, anxiety, insomnia, and depression achieve remarkable improvements within 3 months of treatment with neurofeedback. The optimal training protocol involves 24 one-hour sessions that are usually performed twice a week for 12 weeks.

1. Children with ADHD: Children, teenagers, or adults who have difficulty with attention often have the best results with this program. Research studies have shown that more than 80 percent of patients with ADHD gain noticeable improvements in their test scores.

2. Individuals who have had concussion or traumatic brain injury: Dr. Fotuhi has specific fellowship training (from Johns Hopkins) in the fields of dizziness, vertigo, and inner ear diseases. He also has extensive knowledge in the field of memory, brain rehabilitation, and sleep. Dr. Fotuhi has had great success in treating patients who have had persistent headaches, dizziness, vertigo, insomnia, irritability, fatigue, and memory loss for years.

3. Individuals with concerns for Alzheimer’s Disease: Dr. Fotuhi’s Brain Fitness Program has been successful in improving memory, attention, mood, and sleep in patients with mild cognitive impairment. According to his recent publication in the Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, more than half of the subset of patients who had brain MRIs before and after this program experienced a measurable growth in the memory parts of their brain.

4. Individuals with “brain fog”: Having “brain fog” is usually due to a combination of treatable medical issues that could include vitamin deficiency, stress, hormonal changes, or irregular sleep. Dr. Fotuhi routinely performs a comprehensive evaluation to find ALL of these causes, and then tailors a program to meet the specific needs of his individual patients. Most of his patients report that after they complete his Brain Fitness Program, their brain fog has been lifted and cleared.

Each person is unique, but most patients complete our Brain Fitness Program in three months with significant improvement in their memory, thinking, concentration, and mood.

Almost all of our assessment and treatment services are covered by most insurance companies, including BlueCross-BlueShield, CareFirst, Aetna (excluding Aetna Innovation Health), Cigna, and UHC.  Dr. Fotuhi has opted out of Medicare.  However, patients who have a “medicare secondary” insurance with Medicare are covered.

You need to contact your own insurance provider to find out the extent of your coverage for our services. We can provide you with the necessary documentation that you can submit to them for reimbursement.

Regardless of your baseline cognitive state, the program can improve your mood, attention, concentration, processing speed, and clarity of thinking.  By increasing your overall brain fitness, we can lower your risk for stroke and dementia in the future.

Individuals with family members who developed Alzheimer’s disease between the ages of 50 and 70 have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease; however, those with family members who became demented after age 80 only have a mild increase in their chances of developing Alzheimer’s.  We can order genetic testing for you, if needed, to find out which category applies to you.  Our treatment plans can help you improve your brain performance regardless of your genetic risk.