Autism and NeuroGenetic Clinic

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The University of California, San Francisco Parnassus campus

The Autism NeuroGenetic Clinic is a collaboration between the divisions of Child Neurology and Pediatric Genetics. Dr. Marco, a cognitive and behavioral child neurologist, leads the neurologic assessment, and Dr. Anne Slavotinek, an expert in pediatric genetics, guides an in-depth investigation of metabolic and genetic causes of neurodevelopmental delay and autism. This clinic focuses on finding the underlying cause, or etiology, of your child’s neurodevelopmental challenges. We work hand in hand with our other clinics to provide wrap around care for full diagnostic assessment and treatment planning.

Location

Phone numbers:
Appointments: (415) 353-2859
Fax: (415) 353-2400

UCSF ANGC Clinic address:
400 Parnassus Ave., 2nd Floor
San Francisco, California

Clinical research program address:
350 Parnassus Ave., Suite 609
San Francisco, California

The parking at the Parnassus campus is challenging. There is limited 2-hour street parking. The Millberry Union Public Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave is commonly used by our patients. Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Preparation

New patients at the UCSF ANGC should follow these steps to help us prepare for their evaluation.

  1. Please request your medical records from your primary care physician and other health care providers (including neurologist or psychologist). The medical records should include lab results, diagnostic reports, clinical notes and brain imaging. Specifically, any genetic testing, EEG reports or MRI of the brain studies should be provided to the clinic coordinator in advance of your appointment, if possible. Please have them sent to:

    Attn: Brigid Kutner


    UCSF Autism NeuroGenetic Clinic


    350 Parnassus Ave., Ste 609


    San Francisco, CA 94143-0137


    or faxed to (415) 353-2400.
  2. If you are referred by a physician, please have the physician fax us a referral letter, insurance information and authorization. The referral letter should describe why you are being referred and provide a synopsis of your condition.
  3. The referral specialist will call you and either set up an appointment at our clinic or help you find the clinic that is right for your needs. The next available new patient appointment is typically booked out from 1–2 months, as this clinic occurs once a month.
  4. Obtain your insurance authorization (see insurance section). If you are unable to obtain your authorization five days prior to the visit, your visit will need to be rescheduled.

Evaluation

At the UCSF Autism NeuroGenetic Clinic, each patient goes through a formal neurologic and genetic assessment. This visit consists of an intake interview with our outstanding residents and fellows then an examination and review of your case by our neurogenetic faculty. The initial assessment takes about 2 hours. (Depending on the nature of the condition and the treatment recommendations, additional appointments may be needed.) The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the cause or causes of the patient's symptoms and best guide genetic counseling and personalized treatment. In some cases, a diagnosis will be deferred until more information (such as blood tests or brain imaging) is collected. A written report is sent to the primary care physician and/or referring physician.

Insurance

It is very important to notify your health insurance company of your intention to see us for an evaluation, particularly if you are covered by one of the following plans:

  • San Francisco City Health Plan
  • Medi-Cal Managed Care
  • Brown & Toland/Health Net
  • Pacificare/Secure Horizons
  • Kaiser
  • Blue Shield HMO
  • Marin IPA
  • AltaBates Medical Group
  • or any other healthcare plan that requires authorization prior to the appointment.

First, call your primary care physician and let them know that you plan to be seen by neurology and genetics at UCSF. You can let your insurance carrier or doctor’s office know that the following codes will be used:

  • First visit
: 99245 Comprehensive consultation
  • Follow-up visit
: 99215 Comprehensive follow-up

All visits must be authorized including follow-up visits. If they are not authorized, you will be charged the balance in full at the time of your visit.

Interpretation services

Language should not be considered a barrier for patients and their families seeking evaluation. The UCSF Medical Center provides interpreters for medical visits free of charge. Interpreters are available for American Sign Language, Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese), Vietnamese, Spanish and Russian.