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Get answers to the most frequently asked questions
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.
What is a Clinical Trial?
Doctors at KCAA take part in two types of research studies. The first is Interventional Studies (also called clinical trials) that test new medicines and treatments in people to see how well they work and to make sure they are safe. The second is Observational Studies that collect information about health and behavior. This is done through surveys, interviews or observing study participants over time.
Clinical trials may seek to discover new drugs, new ways of giving patients approved drugs, new combinations of approved drugs or biological products. Clinical trials must be conducted before a new drug, biologic, or device may be marketed in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates clinical trials. The FDA gives investigators, permission to test a new drug, biologic or device under strict regulatory conditions.
What is a protocol?
A protocol describes the rules to follow during the research. For example, a protocol states why it is important to study the research question and how the research team will answer the research question. A protocol also states how the research team will protect the health and wellbeing of the research volunteers. A protocol includes information on the study procedures, medications to be used, possible risks and benefits, possible adverse events, and data analysis methods.
Who gets to be in the study?
Each research study is different. Each study tries to find answers to a specific question. Researchers must follow strict rules to decide who may take part in research. Not everyone with the disease or problem that is being studied can take part in a research study. If your study doctor thinks you might qualify for a study, he or she may ask if you want to take part. Many patients also look for research studies on their own through websites or support groups.
To be included in research, you must agree to take part. You may drop out of a research study at any time, even if you already agreed to participate. Saying no to participating in research will not change your standard medical care at KCAA in any way. KCAA studies do enroll children, adolescents and adults.
What is Informed Consent?
Informed consent is the process that gives information to people who are thinking about taking part in research. After learning about the research, you should understand:
Informed consent is a process that helps you learn about the research study. After learning about the study, you will be able to ask the researcher or staff questions. You should only agree to take part after you clearly understand the study and feel comfortable. You should take time to talk over your decision with your doctors, family and friends. If you agree to take part, you will be asked to sign an “informed consent form.” The informed consent process goes on even after you are taking part in the study. If researchers learn new information after you being the study, they must share this with you.
Who conducts the research studies?
Every study at KCAA has a lead researcher called a principal investigator (PI), who is a medical doctor. They oversee the research study. Some studies also have a research team that might include doctors, nurses, research coordinators and other healthcare professionals. The PI and research team closely monitor a participant’s health throughout the study.
Does it cost to participate in a research study?
No. There is no cost to you for the study treatments, examinations or procedures. Generally, volunteers are provided compensation to reimburse for time and travel to the office.
How long do research studies last?
The duration of the studies vary. Some studies at KCAA are very short (maybe a couple months) to much longer (several years). The study coordinator will be able to tell you exactly how many visits, how often those visits occur and how long the study is expected to continue.
Is my information kept confidential?
Yes. Personal identities and medical records are protected as confidential information. Typically while participating in a study, your study doctor and study staff will replace your name with a code that identifies you. Your study information and your blood and urine samples (if applicable) will have a code as well. The list that matches the code with your name will be stored separately at the study center.
What can I expect during study visits?
That depends on the type of study you are participating in. For example, some visits will include procedures such as performing a breathing test, blood draw, EKG, physical exam or skin test. Typically, a review of your medical condition and medications will always be conducted. The study coordinator will be able to tell you exactly what procedures will be conducted at which visit and also an idea of how long the visit will be expected to last. The information can also be found in your informed consent form.
What are my responsibilities if I take part in a study?
To take part in a clinical study you must agree to:
Do I receive a stipend for participating?
Possibly. Most research studies do provide reimbursement for time and travel to the office. However, the study coordinator will be able to provide the specific details and those can also be found in the informed consent.
What types of studies has KCAA conducted?
Apart from the predictable asthma and allergy studies, we have conducted clinical trials on angioedema, chronic hives, gastroesophageal reflux disease, sinusitis, nasal poylps, atopic dermatitis and immunodeficiency to name a few.
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