* * * Please Note: We are not accepting NEW Kentucky Medicaid or Medicare patients * * *
(This includes Anthem, United Health, Humana & Aetna Medicaid & Medicare plans)
Why Should You See Dr. Kline?
Joseph Kline, Jr. PhD, MD, MBA is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who provides Northern Kentucky residents with unique expertise in outpatient psychiatric treatment including brief and longer-term psychotherapy that you expect from a specialist. He provides psychiatric treatment for symptoms such as depression (including treatment-resistant depression), mood swings, and anxiety.
It is unusual to find a Northern Kentucky psychiatrist with the diverse experience and education of Dr. Kline. He performed groundbreaking research on schizophrenia during his PhD training. He is the recipient of multiple awards, and his clinical practice has always been distinguished by both his expertise as well as his empathic, caring approach to patients. But what patients seem to appreciate most is his uplifting attitude and the fact that he listens. (You may ask "Don't all psychiatrists listen?" Well you would think so, but from the comments we continually receive, the answer appears to be "apparently not!")
Besides his current outpatient psychiatry practice, Dr. Kline is also a Principal Investigator in clinical drug trials including multiple trials of new treatments for severe and treatment-resistant depression. With Dr. Kline as your psychiatrist, you have the advantage of his expertise and experience coupled with his cutting-edge knowledge gained from active clinical research. There is perhaps no better evidence of patient satisfaction than a patient's referral of loved ones and friends to their physician. This is common in Dr. Kline's practice, and he takes great pride in the trust his patients have in his abilities.
What Is Major Depression?
About 12% of the population suffers from depression, and 1 in 5 women will experience a Major Depressive Episode in their lifetime. Too many mistakenly believe that depressed individuals should be able to just shrug it off. This belief prevents many sufferers from seeking the depression treatment that is necessary. Depression is as real a disease as is pneumonia, heart disease, or hypothyroidism, and it requires medical treatment in most cases. That's the bad news. The good news is that treatment for depression is usually quite effective. There is no reason to continue to suffer when depression treatment in Northern Kentucky is available.
What Is Treatment Resistant Depression?
The majority of depressions are effectively treated with the first antidepressant trial. If after raising the dose of the antidepressant the depression persists or is inadequately treated, a second antidepressant is either added to or replaces the first one. If the depression continues despite two antidepressants, the depression is termed "treatment-resistant." This determination should always be followed by referral to a psychiatrist for definitive treatment. Stubborn depressions ARE usually treatable. Dr. Kline is an expert in the treatment of such depressions and has conducted multiple clinical drug trials for Treatment-Resistant Depression.
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Disorder is a related illness to Major Depression. In Bipolar Disorder, the individuals suffers from both episodes of depression AND episodes of mania or hypomania. Differentiating between Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder requires considerable skill and is of great significance, because treating a major depressive episode in Bipolar Disorder by an antidepressant alone will likely worsen the disorder and convert the individual to a rapid cycling illness with multiple mood episodes per year. Psychiatrists have unique expertise in this important differentiation. Dr. Kline is an expert in Bipolar Disorder treatment in Northern Kentucky.
We Still Accept Most Health Insurance
A growing number of psychiatrists are moving to cash only and have stopped taking health insurance. And we understand why. Patients must remember that insurance companies are for-profit entities. As such, they naturally have a bias towards profit. That can only come by spending as little of your premium as possible, restricting subscribers to those least likely to utilize healthcare, and keeping physician fees as low as possible (they have been all-too successful in this regard). This has only worsened in the era of the Affordable Care Act, in which higher premiums, deductibles, and copays are the rule as insurers attempt to compensate for their significant losses from federally subsidized ACA patients.
To remain a viable practice, psychiatrists that continue to accept health insurance must compensate for low fees by charging for ancillary services (disability forms, letters, prior authorizations, Late Cancellations and No Shows, for example). And we are no exception. We dismiss patients who violate practice policies concerning Late Cancellations and No Shows or who are reluctant to pay their bill. We simply cannot afford to keep such patients in our practice.
Still, health insurance is better than no health insurance for most individuals. So, we continue to accept most health insurance (traditional Anthem BC/BS, Humana, and Aetna plans) but insist on prompt payment of copays and deductibles and fees for ancillary services, Late Cancellations, and No Shows.
Suboxone Treatment Program
Our Suboxone Treatment Program is CLOSED to new patients.
Some Final Thoughts
Psychiatrists are medical specialists who treat all forms of mental or emotional disorders. While all physician can prescribe all medications, psychiatrists have the most extensive training and experience in the proper use of psychiatric medications. Moreover, psychiatrists are trained to watch for and treat other personality and life risk factors that may make you more vulnerable to emotional disorders or that may interfere with the effective treatment of your illness. Although medications are very effective, even more effective is the combination of medication plus psychotherapy.
If you are depressed and have tried multiple antidepressants, have mood swings that cause problems in your relationships with friends and loved ones, suffer from disabling anxiety, have problems with organization and attention because you didn't outgrow your ADHD, and you need a doctor who truly listens and understands, we can help. There IS treatment for your problems but that treatment awaits your phone call to us. For Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati residents in need of a truly dedicated psychiatrist, we are ready to help you!
SO, WHERE ARE WE WITH RETIREMENT???
Dr. Kline will be retiring in 2-3 years, and we have already been reducing our hours and refining the number of patients in our practice. Nevertheless, we still take occasional new patients, but we are more selective and only see new patients who have multiple problems. We will leave the UHC/UMR panel effective 11/7/16 as part of our preretirement scale-back in hours. Since we are now discharging patients who are in arrears on their account or who Late Cancel or No Show for appointments, we occasionally have space for one or two new patients per month.
* * * Please Note: We are not accepting patients with Kentucky Medicaid, Medicare, UHC/UMR, or Suboxone patients. * * *