We offer complete care of allergic diseases including asthma, hay fever, hives, eczema, insect allergy, selected medication allergy, recurrent infections including chronic sinusitis, ear infections, and chronic cough.
YOUR INITIAL VISIT
A complete evaluation includes a comprehensive allergy history, physical examination, and allergy skin test. Many new patients will have additional tests depending on the nature of their problem, such as breathing tests, CT scans, or other tests. You could expect to be in the office for approximately 2 to 3 hours. Due to this length of time, we request that children do not accompany the patient to the appointment.
Skin testing is the primary way to identify your allergies; if possible, this will be done on the first visit. There are two types of tests which are performed:
- Percutaneous (prick) tests – a skin prick through a drop of allergen on the patient’s skin, usually either the back or the forearm.
- Intradermal test – an injection of a small amount of allergen into the skin on the arm.
The number of tests may vary, but usually 65 percutaneous tests are done and 10 to 40 intradermal tests. These tests may be uncomfortable, but they are not painful. The results of the tests are interpreted 20 minutes after they are applied. Please do not apply any moisturizers to your skin before testing!
Because certain medications block allergy skin tests, please do not take any antihistamines or certain tranquilizers without checking with our office at least 1 week before your appointment. If you are not sure of the identity of your medication, please call your pharmacist. Continue to take all other medications according to your doctor’s instructions. Do not stop any of your asthma medications.
APPROXIMATE CHARGES (subject to change)
An initial allergy evaluation may cost up to $1,200, depending upon the extent of the testing required. This cost may include skin tests, pulmonary function tests, and/or sinus CT scans. This cost does not include allergy treatment, allergy extracts, or additional blood tests.
If the treatment requires allergy injections to be given in our office, the charge per visit can be $29 to $41, depending on the number of injections and the type of antigen you require. The injections are given twice a week during the “build-up” period, and then once a week when maintenance is reached.
PRESCRIPTIONS AND REFILLS
First, please call your pharmacy for refills. Call us during office hours for problems and questions regarding prescriptions and refills.
CREDIT AND INSURANCE
You should verify with your insurance carrier the specific benefits of your plan. If your insurance company requires a referral to pay for services, please contact your primary care physician to insure that the referral is sent to our office PRIOR to your appointment. Your healthcare insurance company mandates that we cannot see you without a written referral.
We wish to stress that the financial responsibility for payment rests entirely with the patient. Many patients have the mistaken belief that their insurance company is responsible to the doctor, and that it is the doctor’s obligation to be sure benefits are paid. This is not the case.
Our billing is monthly. We file claims with most insurance companies. You will need to bring your insurance card and a picture ID to your visit. We will collect co-payments, deductibles and co-insurance at the time of your appointment.
PROBLEMS WITH BILLING
Please contact us immediately at 719-955-6007.
Please contact our practice manager at 719-955-6000 or info [at] stormsallergy [dot] com if you have any complaints and/or complements about your experience in our office. We do want the opportunity to improve and to continue to offer the highest quality service to all those we serve!
We look forward to meeting you and helping with your medical problems.