- January 23, 2019
- Posted by: JG
- Category: Allergy Testing
Do you have the in-office resources to properly test and effectively treat your patients diagnosed with allergies?
Diseases and disorders associated with allergic reactions are commonly seen in primary care settings. According to the CDC more than 50 million people suffer from some form of allergies each year, making it the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. These can be induced by seasonal particulates, foods, drugs, animals, insect bites/stings, pests and by contact just to name a few.
For many patients, the symptoms can be controlled with prescription or over-the-counter medications. However, this isn’t always the best form of treatment. Those individuals that have uncontrolled symptoms in which the cause goes undiagnosed, can experience additional complications such as asthma, sinusitis and anaphylaxis. In these cases, allergy testing is crucial for a differential diagnosis and effective treatment.
Most primary care practices do not have the supplies, equipment and personnel available to offer in-office allergy testing to their patients. This necessitates referrals to specialists and coordination of care. Bird Dog Pharma offers a viable solution. We are equipped to provide your practice with the following:
- A full-time allergy technician
- All necessary supplies and equipment
- Lab scheduling, patient follow-up, and in-network billing
- Ongoing patient/practice support and customer service
This is an opportunity for you to increase the quality of patient care you deliver. Our service helps you to provide continuity of care because there is no need for a referral, we come to you. Even better is that you have no out of pocket expenses by offering this service to your patients, you increase revenue streams and can retain and attract new patients by offering additional services.
Once a patient is diagnosed with an allergic disorder or disease, proper treatment is essential. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, allergies can be treated in several ways. These include avoidance, elimination, or decreased exposure, oral or topical medication, and immunology. They also state that immunotherapy can reduce seasonal allergy (hay fever) symptoms in approximately 85 percent of all patients with allergic rhinitis.
Even though this form of treatment has been proven to be highly successful, recent studies have shown that it is still underutilized, with less than 10 percent of all patients (worldwide) with allergic rhinitis and asthma receiving this form of treatment. Immunotherapy has also been proven to be an effective treatment for food allergies. The results from a recent multi-national double-blind study concluded that immunotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for peanut allergies.
Bird Dog Pharma goes beyond just allergy testing and provides customized immunotherapy treatment as well. We provide the best-in-class patient compliance and safety protocols, and treatment programs resulting in 88% efficacy. This service allows you to provide patient-specific care and closely monitor your patient’s response to treatment through easy access to services.
These services are covered by most insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid and in fact, 80% of commercial carriers waive the deductibles associated with this program. Patients receive ramp-up doses in your office under close observation and then are taught how to self-administer at home. Once again, all patient testing, follow-up, and billing are provided by our staff. No capital investment is required and no additional staffing is needed. This provides you with a true turnkey and seamless addition of personalized patient services to your practice.