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What happens when you visit an allergist?

By: Dr. Don McNeil A patient who chooses to visit one of our offices or is referred to our office by another physician may not be aware of the process. A patient who is well informed ahead of the visit will better understand the sequence of events and why. The following is a description of […]

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By: Dr. Don McNeil

A patient who chooses to visit one of our offices or is referred to our office by another physician may not be aware of the process. A patient who is well informed ahead of the visit will better understand the sequence of events and why. The following is a description of what is involved before he or she arrives, what information is collected before the visit, during the visit and how the medical evaluation is conducted.

Prior to the appointment, each patient has the option to complete a questionnaire on line. This information will enable the patient to consider and document relevant information at their own pace. Further demographics are collected at the reception desk including relevant insurance information and copayments. This is also the time that the patient is informed of his rights and the regulations involved with HIPPA requirements.

The actual physician evaluation is only one portion of the encounter. This involves a review of the medical history, a physical examination and possibility of further testing such as skin testing, breathing (pulmonary function) tests, food challenges, blood tests or x-rays. Once this information is acquired, a treatment plan is instituted. This may require additional consultation with other specialists or a review of medical records of other medical providers. Once all information is collected, a consultation letter is usually prepared with suggestions for the primary care physician or other providers. Often a follow up visit is needed to determine the outcome of this treatment plan.

The range of treatment options may involve allergy injections, medications such as inhalers, nasal sprays, inhalers or oral medications. There are some who do not have allergies and other diagnoses or treatments may be necessary.

With every visit, there may be 5 or 6 employees involved with your care. One of the specially trained registered nurses may be asked to provide a detailed description of immunotherapy (allergy injections)and another laboratory technologist may be required to prepare an allergy vial for the patient for further injections. After the visit, a team of personnel will begin the process of filing insurance claims or submitting appeals for claims denied by insurance.

 

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