Direct Allergy Physician FAQs
Who is Direct Allergy?
Direct Allergy is a Medical Service Organization that has partnered with Dr. Jay L. Gruhlkey, MD. Dr Gruhlkey is President of the Pan American Allergy Society and a highly reputable FDA-Licensed manufacturer of allergenic extracts. Direct Allergy offers Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Pediatric Physicians the opportunity to provide their patients with a new value-added program. This program includes safe and proven on-site allergy and immunotherapy services.
How can Direct Allergy benefit my practice and I?
Direct Allergy is a “complete turn-key operation” designed to enhance your practice’s clinical offerings without disrupting current operations. Our support staff and clinical experience is provided to effectively drive and administer the treatment program.
Why are Direct Allergy’s services important to my practice and I?
The number of board certified allergists is expected to drop more than 6.8% per year, but demand for allergy treatment is expected to increase by 35%. By implementing immunotherapy in-house service, your practice will offer a value-added service, providing convenience to your patients and assistance with retention – ultimately increasing your practice’s revenue.
Who needs testing?
Direct Allergy will provide you with a list of common CPT codes that are covered with allergy testing and treatment. You, as the primary care physician, evaluate your patients and make candidate selections based on clinical evidence. Some of the diagnoses that could benefit from testing are allergic rhinitis, asthma, chronic sinusitis and allergic conjunctivitis. You, as the treating physician, decide who meets the clinical criteria for testing. Direct Allergy will always be available to provide support and evidence-based clinical guidance throughout the process.
How is the testing done?
Direct Allergy utilizes Modified Quantitative Allergy Testing (MQT). In conventional prick testing, allergens are introduced only into the outermost layer of the skin (the epidermis) to give a broad sense of what an individual is allergic to and to grossly estimate how allergic they are to each allergen. A “Multi-Test” device is used to maximize efficiency and minimize discomfort. In MQT, epidermal prick testing and limited intradermal (a deeper layer of the skin) testing are combined to precisely extrapolate the degree of reactivity to each allergen. Prick testing is well tolerated even in young children. A highly trained Direct Allergy nurse administers the testing.
How is the allergy therapy administered?
After the testing is complete, the allergy nurse will review the results with you and the patient. If the patient is determined by you to be a candidate for immunotherapy (allergy shots), then the allergy nurse will prepare the recipe for the allergy serum based on the testing. The recipe will be reviewed through testing by Direct Allergy’s clinical staff, and the immunotherapy will be mixed and administered in your office per the Direct Allergy protocol.
How do my staff and I get trained?
Direct Allergy is designed to fit seamlessly into your current clinical practice. Physicians will undergo an orientation by a Board Certified Physician with experience in primary care and allergy. Direct Allergy will provide a highly trained allergy nurse to manage the program in your office and provide ongoing support. Only a small amount of space and resources are needed to get the program up and running.
What if I have questions?
Direct Allergy is committed to customer service and outstanding patient outcomes. Direct Allergy’s nurses have been trained by some of the most preeminent allergy nurse trainers in the country. If they are not able to answer your questions, our physician/administrative oversight is available to help. Your success is our success.