Allergy and Asthma Patient Information
In addition to providing you with thorough testing, we make your visit as effortless as possible. Read the following information so that you have an idea of what to expect from our office.
Your Initial Office Visit
The purpose of this visit is to obtain extensive medical information concerning your problem. The first visit will include a detailed medical history and physical examination.
If skin testing is indicated, this will also be performed. Most tests are performed using a plastic toothpick-like device, making a superficial prick on the skin of the forearm or back.
Your problem will be discussed and a course of treatment is outlined in detail. If it is necessary for you to take allergy injections, your program will be outlined at this time. You are encouraged to ask any questions. To facilitate the efficiency of our business office, we ask that you contact your insurance company to verify if a referral/prior authorization is needed from your primary care doctor/pediatrician. If a referral/prior authorization is required, it is the patient's responsibility to obtain. Also, please bring your insurance ID card at the initial visit.
Allergy and Asthma Office Visits and Emergencies
Patients are seen in this office by appointment. Follow-up visits and the occasional "sick" visits will be necessary to assess your progress, and we ask that you call the office for an appointment.
However, if you have an urgent medical problem, notify us immediately. If you are unable to contact us or you cannot wait for the doctor to return your call, go directly to the nearest emergency room.
We would like to recommend that you arrive for your appointment several minutes early in order to avoid delays. Although we do all we can to keep on time, there are occasional, unexpected occurrences that cause us to run behind schedule.
We do respect your time and regret delays. If you make an appointment and are unable to keep it, please call us as far in advance as possible so that we can use the time for other patients.
Your phone calls will be answered by our receptionist or nurse. In many cases she will be able to assist you herself, but in any event, she must be thoroughly advised of the problem so that she can determine what help is needed.
As necessary, your call will be returned. During office hours, calls may not be returned until late morning or very late in the afternoon.
Most allergy and asthma medications are marked so that they can be refilled simply by calling your pharmacist. Prescription refills requiring our authorization will be renewed during office hours so your chart may be reviewed.
Please furnish the receptionist with your pharmacy's telephone number. Yearly visits are required for prescription refills.
The cost of an allergy evaluation will vary depending on your specific problem. Although it is impossible to know the exact charges in advance, we can give you a general idea of the cost before you are seen. Please feel free to talk to our receptionist regarding any financial matters.
No Shows & Cancellations
Please realize that when patients fail to keep scheduled appointments, or cancel with less than 24 hours' notice, it keeps other patients from seeing our physicians. These may be patients with pressing medical needs or who have scheduling conflicts at other times.
Please be considerate of your fellow patients and our staff by calling us to cancel your appointment at least 24 hours in advance. That way, we can call another patient who has been waiting to see us or call with an emergency need.
We understand that everyone has unforeseen conflicts and emergencies. We only ask that you give us as much notice as possible when you can't keep your appointment. In cases of habitual no shows and last minute cancellations, we reserve the right to charge the patient or reassess their relationship with the practice.
To be in the know before your appointment, contact our allergy doctors in Beavercreek, Ohio for complete patient information.