Dr. Andrew Bishop and child psychiatrist, Zac Warren
Let me introduce myself
I grew up in Decatur, MS, a small town in eastern Mississippi. I was born in 1956. I graduated from Millsaps College in 1978 and the University of Mississippi Medical School in 1982. I completed one year of Pediatric Residency and three years of Psychiatry Residency at UMMC. I worked at the Mental Health Center in Monroe, LA for two years and returned to Jackson in 1988 as an assistant professor of psychiatry at UMMC form 1988 to 1990. I have been in the full time private practice of psychiatry in Jackson since 1990. Although I have held various medical staff appointments and am active in the state medical association and the Mississippi and American Psychiatric Association, my passion is practicing psychiatry, one patient at a time. My wife, Cindy (a nurse) and I live in Jackson, MS. We have 5 adult children scattered about the U.S. and 5 grandchildren to date.
Let me introduce you to my practice
The American Psychiatric Association has promulgated the mission statement: Medical Leadership for Mind, Brain, and Body.
I and my staff have also adopted this mission statement. Psychiatry is the application of clinical neuroscience to the mental and physical maladies visited upon our patients. Psychiatry focuses primarily on the central nervous system while realizing that the body functions as a whole. There is no substitute or shortcut for the medical education acquired by all physicians, including psychiatrists. There is no "the mind" but simply "mind". Mind is what the brain does.
My practice resembles more an internal medicine practice than what most people think of as psychiatric practice as informed from tv and movies. There is no couch. We are busy. Despite the busy practice I strive to allow enough time for each patient to have the problem or problems we (you and me together) are treating to be adequately addressed. Before your first visit you will complete a history that covers your development, family, occupation, education, medical history, psychiatric history and medication history. In addition, you will complete two rating scales of general psychopathology. These will be reviewed with you at your initial visit. At each subsequent visit you will complete one of the rating scales.. This allows us to compare your progress from visit to visit in a standardized manner. Laboratory work will be performed as indicated.
I treat most psychiatric illnesses in patients age 12 years and older. I generally do not treat attention deficit disorder in adults. In addition, I do not generally treat patients requesting initiation or maintenance of Suboxone.
I do not engage in forensic psychiatry. I am pleased and honored to be able to engage with you in the treatment of your psychiatric disorder, however, I do not perform forensic services incident to this treatment. The most common requests for these services come in the context of divorce proceedings and disability proceedings. I will provide your records, upon your request, to the forensic provider of your or your attorney's choice. To engage as both your physician and your forensic advocate creates a dual relationship that the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law has deemed unethical. Please refer to their web page for a complete explanation.
I am a preferred provider and accept assignment on the following plans: Blue Cross, both the general Blue Cross plans as well as the State Employees plan; United Health Care; Medicare, the federal policy only, not the various Medicare HMO plans; Medicaid, including Optum, Magnolia and State. If you have other coverage, I will be pleased to provide for your medical needs but you will have to pay the cash price and we will supply you with the information to file your claim for reimbursement. There is a wide variance in the amount I am paid by the above carriers for delivering the same service. These rates are far less than the fees charged by my colleagues who are not preferred providers with these plans. Therefore, from time to time I reserve the right to limit my population of various carriers to balance the payer mix to maintain financial viability.
Most people are unaware of exactly what services are covered by their insurance and what services are not covered by their insurance. For example, phone calls are not a covered service and are not included in the coverage for an office visit. The completion of forms, return to work letters, FMLA forms, disability forms, and prior authorization for services or medications are not covered by your insurance as part of the of office visit payment. In general, the office visit payment by your insurance company is for face to face medical treatment. All other services not included may be charged to you, the patient, that requests the service at my usual and customary hourly rate in 1/6th hour increments. Any request that requires me to review, research, reason and/or respond qualifies to accrue this charge. Services such as rescheduling an appointment or filing your insurance claim or other services that do not require my professional time or expertise do not qualify for this charge. Calling in prescriptions does qualify for this charge, even if called in by my secretary, since I must review your chart and request, reason if the prescription should be called in and respond to the request. Fees are assessed on a case by case basis and in some instances may be waived.
Payment for services is due at the time of service delivery. I do not "carry the account" or extend credit.
You do not need a referral to schedule an evaluation. Please call the office number: 601-982-1010 and one of my staff will assist you with the process. Your physician may fax a referral. In this case we will still need to speak with you to explain the evaluation process and gather information needed for the appointment. You will need to have all requested information, documentation, and forms completed before your formal evaluation can be undertaken.
If you and I decide you need ongoing evaluation and management of a psychiatric condition, the physician-patient contract will flow from one appointment to the next. If you fail to maintain your appointment or fail to reschedule your appointment you will have unilaterally breached the treatment contact and from that point forward there is no reasonable expectation of continued physician responsibility for the treatment of your condition. In most cases, you may heal the breach by reestablishing treatment.
If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment please notify my office staff at least one business day in advance to avoid the possibility of a missed appointment charge. If I have to reschedule your appointment I will extend to you the same courtesy of giving you as much advance notice as possible.
I have admitting privileges at St. Dominic Hospital and Brentwood Hospital in Flowood, MS.
For my office patients, having hospital privileges allows me to continue your care despite your level of illness. Unlike many of my colleagues in town, I do not have to refer you to another physician to continue your care when you need the hospital level of services. In addition, having hospital privileges and office space in the hospital office building provides daily contact with physicians of many different specialties. The informal learning and mutual support provided by this environment is potentially an additional benefit to the patients under my care. Laboratory and imaging services are available on campus.
Formal psychotherapy,apart from the psychotherapy components utilized in the context of the evaluation and management sessions, is not a part of my service. For many patients psychotherapy may be an essential part of the overall treatment program. To facilitate this, I have a working relationship with several trusted and well established psychotherapists in town. I have worked with some of these therapists for about 30 years. Most of my patients find this to be an efficient and cost effective means of obtaining the best medical management coupled with the best psychotherapeutic management.
In addition to the individual therapists I also have a working relationship with several of the local IOP/PHP providers. This service provides a level of care that is more intense than routine outpatient management but less intense than hospitalization.
I do not have any financial entanglements or arrangements with the above referenced providers. Treatment and referrals are based solely on clinical need.
If you have other concerns or questions do not hesitate to call the office at 601-982-1010 and talk to one of my associates.