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New Patients

Welcome

We are glad you have chosen our practice for your allergy/asthma care. Our entire staff is delighted that you have placed your confidence in your medical treatment with us and want you to know that we are committed to providing you with the best possible medical care.

We look forward to meeting you at your first visit with Karim & Branch. Realizing that every patient is different and has different, specific needs, we will work with you to meet those needs through individualized diagnosis and treatment plans.

Things to bring to New Patient Visit:

  • Health Insurance Card
  • Referral, if required by your health insurance company.
  • Medications you are currently taking (both over-the-counter and prescribed)
  • Patients under 18 must be with an adult parent or guardian.
  • Bring your completed Patient History Form, Registration Form, and HIPAA Consent Form.
  • Please check with your insurance company regarding coverage and co-pays, and deductibles. Payment is expected at the time of service.
  • Since your first appointment could last up to 2 ½-3 hours, it is not advisable to schedule other appointments in this time frame.

Your First Visit as a New Patient

For a successful New Patient Visit:

Follow instructions given at the time the appointment was made regarding arrival time, medications needing to be withheld or continued.

Feel free to address any questions/concerns you have during your visit or upon your return home.

During your first visit, a complete medical history will be taken and you will have an examination and consultation with the doctor. If indicated, skin tests will be performed to identify the agents to which you are allergic and a breathing test may be performed to evaluate and diagnose asthma. The initial visit takes three to four hours. Usually, the allergy testing requires one visit to our office; however, in some cases, it may be necessary to return for a second visit. The fee for allergy testing varies with the number of tests performed. Depending on the results of the tests and the history, a patient may be started on allergy shots, which is a series of injections given at regular intervals to build up one’s tolerance to inhalant allergens. Diet to control food allergies will be discussed with you, if appropriate. Instructions will also be given to aid in environmental control. Medication will be prescribed as needed. Allergy treatments may be long-term in some cases and may be given for several years in order to build up one’s tolerance satisfactorily.

In order for skin tests to be performed it will be necessary for patients to be off antihistamines for seven days prior to testing.

Patient Forms

Please download and complete the forms below and bring them with you to your appointment. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to open documents. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader at no charge.

Individual Forms
All Forms in One Packet
For more information about our practice, please view our brochure.