Allergy Testing and Treatment Policy

Allergy Testing

There are risks and complications associated with allergy testing. These include, but are not limited to: Local reactions consisting of swelling, itching, pain, burning. Etc; Infection (rare); Anaphylaxis (rare); Asthma attack I have had the opportunity to have all of my questions answered to my satisfaction. I fully understand the benefits, risks, complications, and alternatives to being allergy tested. To the best of my knowledge I am not pregnant. I consent to being allergy tested.

Allergy Shots

Allergy shots are a weekly injection immunotherapy. The purpose of this therapy is to gradually introduce the substances that you are allergic to into your immune system each week. Over the course of a few years, this therapy will desensitize your immune system to these substances. Your immune system will no longer think of these things as foreign invaders and will stop over-reacting with undesirable symptoms. This process involves coming into the office once per week, every week for approximately 2-3 years. Insurance will usually cover the cost of this therapy with a copay at each shot visit. Due to safety concerns a doctor must be present in the building when injections are administered so we suggest calling or verifying availability online prior to coming in. By electing to pursue this treatment the patient accepts financial liability for the costs related to making the allergy serums. It is the patient’s responsibility to check coverage for this service with their insurance company directly.

Should the patient elect to discontinue Allergy Shot treatments, the charges for serums already produced will be billed to the patient’s insurance company. As this is a highly personalized treatment serums cannot be used for other patients; thus, the patient assumes financial responsibility for vials which have already been prepared.

Sublingual Immunotherapy or SLIT

SLIT is an oral allergy desensitization therapy which is currently not covered by insurance. By electing to pursue this treatment patients accept financial liability for the costs related to the allergy drops. Patients with flexible spending accounts may opt to pay using their benefit card.

The total cost of SLIT treatment for two years is $1800. Prices are guaranteed for two years. If, due to rising costs, a price increase becomes necessary after the second year Lakeside ENT & Allergy, LLC will notify patients in writing.

This is a two year therapy – you will be re-tested every two years. We offer a few different payment options. You may pay the two years in full for $1800 or pay $900 at the start of each year or you may choose a monthly payment plan of $75.

If a patient is unable to make their monthly payment they should contact the billing department prior to the due date of their current bill. Failure to meet the statement due date without a pre-approved payment plan may delay preparation of new serums, as well as incur a late fee of $15 each 30 days.

Should the patient elect to discontinue SLIT treatment the charges will be pro-rated. As this is a highly personalized treatment serums cannot be used for other patients; thus, the patient assumes financial responsibility for vials which have already been prepared. For patients who paid in full prior to beginning treatment a refund will be issued for unprepared serums.