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Your Questions, Answered.

Frequently Asked Questions

"Do I need a referral?"

A formal referral is not required to schedule an appointment. After scheduling, we will request you sign a release so that we may obtain from your current medical team the most recent progress notes about your child's food allergies or about the concerns for possible food allergies. Any prior allergy testing will also be requested.

"The Institute is 'out-of-network.' What does that mean?"

We are considered “out-of-network” by insurance plans, which means that we develop and implement our evaluation & management plans without the input of insurance companies. We do not accept payments from insurance companies as we answer directly to our patients, not an insurance administrator. Although we are out-of-network, we do help our families access their insurance benefits. We do this by providing you, upon request, an itemized record of your experience to you for you to then submit to your insurance company. You can also submit for reimbursement from FSA's and HSA's. We do not accept any forms of payment in office and accept only electronic payments online or checks (no cash) via mail service. Our Comprehensive Care Navigator is here to assist you in this process.

"Do you offer financing options?"

Yes. We believe that cost should never come between your family and its medical needs. This is why we offer budget-friendly payment plans. Talk with our Comprehensive Care Navigator for more information.

"Can I get a same-day appointment?"

Our established patients enjoy access to the Institute team as-needed. We are here for you for all-things food allergy, such as food-avoidance letters for sporting events, school forms, timely questions, medication refills, and more. 

Regarding new patients, we typically schedule new patient appointments at least one week in advance. This provides our team the time to obtain important medical records and review your child's case prior to your arrival.

"Do you offer OIT? SLIT?"

OIT (oral immunotherapy) and SLIT (sublingual immunotherapy) are two ways to treat food allergy, and we offer these treatments to qualified patients. Qualifications include but are not limited to having an IgE-mediated food allergy (meaning the patient has a food allergy that puts him or her at risk of anaphylaxis) and being committed - as a family unit - to undergoing this years-long therapy. We at the Institute are dedicated to making this experience as convenient as possible without jeopardizing safety or quality.

"What about other allergic disorders?"

Dr. Hoyt focuses her clinical efforts on providing highest quality food allergy management. This often means optimizing the control of other disorders, such as atopic dermatitis, to help minimize a child's overall allergic inflammation. This may be done in conjunction with your primary allergist. Dr. Hoyt believes that teamwork makes the dream work, which is why our families receive easy access to our comprehensive care navigator, who, with Dr. Hoyt, will help ensure all of your child's providers are on the same page with your child's care plan and management recommendations.

"Do you see adults or only children?"

The Institute is geared toward families of children with food allergies; however, Dr. Hoyt does see adults for food allergies and food intolerances. If you are an adult and would like to be seen at the Institute, please give us a call.

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