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Does KCAA charge for an office visit with every allergy shot?
No. Shots are given by a nurse, and the only time you’re charged for an office visit is when you see a doctor or care provider.
If I disagree with what my insurance has paid, will you call them?
No. If you disagree with a payment, call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card.
Does a copay apply to my allergy shots?
All insurance plans are different. Please check with your insurance provider.
What code can I give my insurance to see if allergy shots are covered?
The code for a single injection is 95115. The code for multiple injections is 95117.
What code can I give my insurance to see what they will pay for allergy testing?
Provide the codes 95004 and 95024.
What if I don’t have my insurance information at the time of service?
You’ll be identified as a “self-pay” patient and will need to pay in full at the time of your service. You can also call our business office at 913-491-5501 to discuss a payment plan.
Does KCAA participate with Medicaid?
Does Medicare pay for food testing?
If I need a referral, will KCAA contact my primary care physician?
No. Patients are responsible for getting referrals prior to their appointment.
My insurance or pharmacy told me I need a prior authorization. What is this?
If you need a prior authorization, give us a call at 913-491-5501. Many insurance companies want a patient to try other, less expensive medications before they will pay for a particular drug. If this is the case, the doctor’s office must call the insurance company and answer questions or complete paperwork about the patient’s history. We will notify you and your pharmacy when we get an answer from the insurance company. The process can take several days.
What happens at the first appointment?
Your physician will take a complete history and then testing will begin. Some appointments are a consultation with testing on a different day – you’ll know what to expect when you make your appointment. Testing may include skin testing and lung-function testing. Once testing is complete, your doctor will review the results and develop a treatment plan.
How old does my child need to be for skin testing?
Limited skin testing can be done even on infants. The best approach is to make an appointment to discuss your child’s history with one of our allergists. You can then work together to determine the best course of action.
Do I need a referral from a primary care physician to come to KCAA?
It depends on your insurance, and all insurance plans are different. Contact your insurance provider to see if you need a referral. If you do need a referral, you are responsible for getting it. KCAA cannot get it for you.
Is there a fee if I miss an appointment?
You may be charged a no-show fee if you miss your appointment. Please make every effort to cancel or reschedule your appointment as soon as possible. This helps us keep all patients on schedule, and opens up appointment times to other patients.
How quickly can I be seen as a new patient?
KCAA strives to see new patients as quickly as possible. It’s usually the same week, and can even be the same day. Call 913-491-5501 to make an appointment.
Can I make an appointment for a different KCAA location than the one I usually go to?
Yes. Just mention your office preference when you make your appointment.
Who are the best candidates for allergy shots?
If you can avoid your allergy triggers, or if normal doses of medication control your symptoms, you might not need allergy shots. Immunotherapy is effective against inhaled allergens and stinging insect allergies, but it’s not used to treat food allergies.
If any of these apply, you might be a candidate for allergy shots:
How often do I need shots?
Allergy shots usually start out on a weekly basis. Under some circumstances, this can be sped up. Patients usually see improvement within the first 3-6 months. The full benefit is usually obvious within 12-18 months.
After a maintenance dose is reached, your allergist will determine when to decrease the time between shots. You may switch to every 2 weeks, every 3 weeks, or every 4 weeks. This usually occurs at 6-12 intervals, but how you’re responding to treatment is essential. Most people can stop injections after 4 or 5 years.
Can I get allergy shots from my primary-care physician?
Board-certified allergists are trained to use potent allergy extracts. These are more complicated to use but provide significantly greater benefit than low-dose extracts used by other physicians who aren’t specially trained in allergy and immunology. We suggest consulting with a board-certified allergist before starting allergy shots.
Are allergy shots expensive?
Allergy shots are a cost-effective way to treat allergies. They usually reduce medication requirements, cutting ongoing costs. Many insurance programs cover allergy shots. Contact your insurance provider for learn about your coverage.
Does KCAA offer sublingual drops?
No. Sublingual immunotherapy is being researched, but it still isn’t approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The sublingual drops used by ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors aren’t approved by the FDA and are too weak to be effective.
Will allergy shots help with chronic sinus infections?
Possibly. Allergy and sinus issues often coexist. Managing allergies through immunotherapy may decrease the frequency and severity of sinus infections.
Why do I have a large bump on my arm where I got my allergy shot?
A large local reaction isn’t uncommon during immunotherapy. It doesn’t mean you’re having a systemic reaction. You can comfort the bump with ice, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or Benadryl. Next time you come to the Injection Clinic, let the nurses know about your reaction. It doesn’t require any further treatment, and you don’t need to call the doctor to report it.
What side effects can I expect from allergy shots?
Bumps, warmth, and itchiness at the site of the injection are common. You can comfort these with ice, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or Benadryl.
How do I find out about research studies?
Call the KCAA research department at 913-345-2383 to learn about current opportunities.
Who can participate?
You don’t have to be a KCAA patient to be a research volunteer. The guidelines for participation vary for each specific study.
Why participate in a clinical trial?
Taking part in research gives you the opportunity to take an active role in your healthcare. It may also provide access to treatments that aren’t yet widely available.
Does it cost to participate in a study?
No. Generally, volunteers are provided compensation to reimburse time and travel costs.
What is informed consent?
This process allows you to learn the details of the trial. Then, you can decide if you want to participate or not.
Do I have to sign a consent form?
Yes. By signing the consent form, you’re stating that you have had plenty of time to review the study details, study staff have answered your questions, and you understand the risks and benefits of participating.
How long do research studies last?
The duration depends on the type of study being conducted. Some studies last a few weeks, while others may last for a few years. The research staff can tell you how long a specific study will last.
Can I leave a trial after it’s started?
Yes. You can drop out of a study at any time. Please let the study staff know as soon as you’re able.
Is my information kept confidential?
Yes. Personal identities and medical records are protected as confidential information.
What can I expect during study visits?
It depends on the study. Your study coordinator will give you details about what study visits will entail. You can also refer to the consent form if you have questions.
Will I receive a stipend for participating?
Possibly. A stipend may be part of a specific study. Call the research department at 913-345-2382 to ask about research opportunities.
The Walk-In Clinic is open to all established KCAA patients, check our hours and locations.
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