Frequently Asked Questions –
NeuroStar TMS Treatment
About NeuroStar TMS Therapy
NeuroStar uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to activate parts of the brain underactive in patients experiencing depression. TMS therapy is not the same as ECT (electroconvulsive therapy).
The exact cause of depression is still undetermined. However, the leading scientific theory is that depression is triggered by an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain, chemical messengers that deliver information between brain cells.
NeuroStar TMS Treatment
Transcranial magnetic stimulation often referred to as TMS, is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic
fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when
antidepressant medications haven’t been effective, have ceased working, or as an alternative to medication.
TMS involves delivering magnetic pulses to specific parts of the brain.
A typical initial course of treatment is about 19-37 minutes daily over 4-6 weeks.
TMS does not circulate in the blood throughout the body, so it does not have side effects like weight gain,
sexual dysfunction, nausea, dry mouth, sedation, etc. The most common side effects reported during clinical
trials were headache and scalp discomfort-generally mild to moderate–occurring less frequently after the
first week of treatment.
No. TMS Therapy involves a unique method of using pulsed magnetic fields for a therapeutic benefit. The
intensity of the magnetic field is similar to that of an MRI. These techniques differ radically from the popular
use of low intensity, static magnetic fields. Those products deliver weak and undirected static fields that are
not capable of activating brain cells. The activation and stimulation of brain cells is a key part of why TMS is
Cost and Insurance
NeuroStar is the #1 physician-suggested TMS Therapy for the treatment of depression.
However, every insurance company is different, and policy details can vary. Most major insurance companies will cover or reimburse NeuroStar Advanced Treatment therapy if :
- You’re an adult who has been diagnosed with moderate to severe Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
- Your depression has not been relieved by at least two antidepressant medications (some insurance companies require up to 4 failed medications)
- You are not pregnant, or nursing
Doctors around the country accept insurance plans that cover NeuroStar. Contact us to learn more about NeuroStar TMS and see if you are covered.
Every insurance company will have its eligibility requirements and coverage policies. Please check with your insurance provider to explain benefits and plan limitations.
Learn more about the primary insurance companies that cover TMS Therapy.
Out-of-pocket copay costs will differ depending on your insurance provider and plan. Generally, you will be accountable for a copay at each NeuroStar treatment session.
NeuroStar partners with CareCredit and Advance Care to supply financing options for patients that can’t receive treatment covered by insurance and handle co-pays, deductibles, and total cash payments.
If you cannot meet the eligibility conditions or your coverage gets denied, you can receive NeuroStar Advanced TMS treatments via a cash option.
For more information, contact the NeuroStar Support team at 877-600-7555 or customersupport@NeuroStar.com.
You can resume normal activities immediately. Because there are no effects on memory, sleep, or alertness, you can drive yourself to and from treatment sessions. NeuroStar TMS Therapy in-office treatment takes 19-37 minutes and is administered 5 days a week for approximately 4-6 weeks.*
Contact Holiner Group today
Contact our office, and a member of our team will reach out to you to schedule a free TMS therapy consultation.
Visit neurostar.com for indications for use and safety information.