SNAP Autism NeuroGenetic Clinic (ANGC)

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SNAP NeuroGenetic Clinic is a coordinated effort between the division of Child Neurology and Pediatric Genetics. Dr. Marco and Dr. Litwin, cognitive and behavioral child neurologists, lead 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:
Nursing Assistance: (415) 353-2859
New Patient Appointments: (415) 514-5863
PBC main line: 1 (855) PBC-UCSF
Fax: (415) 353-2400

UCSF Pediatric Brain Center Child Neurology
(San Francisco/Mission Bay location):

UCSF Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
Neurology: 1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5A
Genetics: 1825 Fourth St., 6th Floor
San Francisco, California
Directions to and maps of the Mission Bay office

Evaluation

At the UCSF NeuroGenetic Clinic, each patient goes through a detailed assessment by both a clinical neurologist and a pediatric geneticist. The initial assessment takes an hour with each clinician and will be coordinated so that the initial visits can take place on the same day for your convenience. The feedback session is 30 minutes and will be scheduled at your convenience in the following 1–2 weeks to answer your questions, discuss diagnosis, next evaluations steps and a treatment plan. The purpose of this NeuroGenetic evaluation is to determine the cause or causes of the patient's symptoms and to recommend and manage treatments based on a genetic diagnosis if one is appropriate. 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 on the day of your visit.

**Please note, this clinic does not conduct formal DSM-5 based clinical assessment for the purpose of providing a clinical label. Instead we focus on finding the underlying cause of the developmental challenge and targeting treatments to the specific individual’s strengths and challenges. We are happy to provide excellent referrals for neuropsychology, autism diagnostics, and psychiatric assessment and treatment as needed.

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.