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What are we doing for patient safety during the pandemic?

We closed our offices to patients initially in mid-March while NY was on pause for all but essential services and were seeing patients exclusively with telemedicine, which we continue to do.

We are now open and seeing patients with a hybrid system of telemedicine with testing and shots for those who need it. From all we have learned about the risks of getting the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), minimizing face to face time with other people you do not live with is the key and that is how we devised our strategy. Other medical offices may use different systems and there is no clear right answer, but we designed ours to minimize time in the office and maximize the safety of our patients and our staff.

Allergy shot and biologic injection patients will be given a specific appointment time. If the patient is a child or needs assistance, only one adult may accompany them and must also wear a mask. All will be checked for fever and turned away if temperature is elevated.  The nurse or doctor administering the shot will be wearing a gown, gloves, and mask and changing gloves with every patient. The injection will be given and we will then ask you to exit promptly and return to your car to wait for 30 minutes. You may drive off if all is well. Any reaction involving cough, chest tightness, hives, flushing, abdominal pain or lightheadedness must return to the office for evaluation and treatment. IF you prefer, you may wait in an exam room. The waiting room will not be used. Follow up appointments and payment will be handled by phone and online. We request you use a credit card for payments.

IF you need allergy tests, you MUST do a telemedicine visit first. IF the doctor determines you need allergy testing, you will come to the office for the test at a specific time. You will be brought back to an exam room upon arrival. The technician or nurse will apply the test and leave the room. The doctor will return to read the test. IF there needs to be an extensive discussion about the results, it will be done by phone. Rooms are cleaned thoroughly after each use.

Spirometry and lung function tests. We have decided that these cannot safely be performed at this time. Any patient that potentially has coronavirus that blows into the machine can theoretically contaminate the equipment. We recommend that you obtain a home peak expiratory flow meter to help measure lung capacity (examples are Omron, Mini-Wright, Assess, Mir SmartOne). A pulse oximeter can be useful as well.

Food challengesCannot be done safely at this time in our opinion because of the length of time involved in the office and risk of adverse reaction.

Food oral immunotherapy/desensitizationwill be available again on a case by case basis. Please note that this is NOT covered by insurance. Please contact us if you are interested in this program.

Food Oral Immunotherapy/Desensitization FAQ’s

Consent form for Food Oral Immunotherapy

Your safety is our main concern. If you have questions or suggestions, please ask.

Wishing you and your families well

– Drs. Ahmad, Kreiner, Strauss and the Staff of Strauss Allergy and Asthma Division of Allied Physicians Group

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Your First Appointment

Please arrive early so that we can complete your initial paperwork. Also, please bring the following:

  • Patient’s insurance card
  • List of current prescriptions and/or over-the-counter medication, including dose and frequency
  • Information about patient’s medical and surgical history
  • Recent test results, x-rays, or relevant records
  • Completed Health History Form

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Other Practice Forms:

Print the above forms if needed. Health History is the only form needed for the first visit.

 

Insurance and Payment Information

Strauss Allergy and Asthma is a provider for Medicare and most major insurance plans, and provides insurance billing. You are responsible for knowing the terms of your policy. You are responsible for providing referrals if needed and co-pays at the time of service and for paying any coinsurance, deductibles or other charges not covered by your insurance in a timely manner. If you have questions regarding billing or which insurance plans we accept, please contact us. Questions regarding insurance coverage and benefits should be directed to your employer or insurance company.

Privacy Practices

Our Notice of Privacy Practices describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. A copy of the privacy practices is available on request.

A copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices will soon be posted on this website.

 

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August 17, 2020
Timeline Photos

Worried about sending your child back to school in the fall? Click here, https://bit.ly/3h7dBSt as the American Academy of Pediatrics answer the top 10 concerns about children and face masks.

August 11, 2020
Is it safe for a person with asthma to return to in-person classes during the pandemic? - Strauss Allergy & Asthma Therapy

We have heard from many parents who are asking about sending their asthmatic children back to school. Drs. Ahmad, Kreiner, and Strauss have compiled a list of a few things you should know about ... See more

Based on current data, there is no evidence that well-controlled asthma is a risk factor for a poor outcome with Coronavirus infection. The CDC listed asthma as a high-risk category early in the ... See more

August 11, 2020
Timeline Photos

You’re Invited to virtually attend, “Asthma Control Education (ACE): Back to School Safely with Asthma.” This event is intended for all parents and kids who are interested in hearing from ... See more

May 2, 2020
Allied Physicians Group

Dr. Ralph Strauss talks with Stone Grissom about what parents should look out for to tell if a child has seasonal allergies, COVID-19 or asthma. ... See more

April 16, 2020
Recognizing the differences between allergies & COVID-19

Now, more than ever, we would like you to make sure your allergies are under control. Schedule a telehealth visit with us and receive trusted care from home!

Learn more about our telehealth program ... See more

April 12, 2020
Allied Physicians Group

Attention Parents!!

You’re invited to virtually attend “COVID-19 and your kids: What you need to know from your trusted health experts” This virtual event is intended for all parents who are ... See more

April 10, 2020
Sarah

I wanted to send a note of thanks to Dr. Ahmad for his help last night during an allergic reaction my daughter was having. I unknowingly served an item with walnuts (careless) and my 17 yo ... See more

April 8, 2020
Telehealth - Strauss Allergy & Asthma Therapy

Attention Patients: All in-person office visits from now until May 31st will be canceled due to the current COVID situation. We are still here to help you. Please call to schedule a telehealth ... See more

The doctors at Allied Physicians Group are committed to enhancing the lives of our patients and parents. We know you’re busy, and that getting to the doctor isn’t always easy, so we’re bringing ... See more

April 4, 2020
America’s Islamic Radio

Dr Ahmad sharing his knowledge of the coronavirus

Shakil & Co. Interview With Pulmonologist Dr. Ahmad on Covid-19

March 31, 2020
Dr. Kreiner talks spring allergens & telehealth

Even though many of us are staying home, that doesn't mean that spring allergens can't find us. Below is a message from Dr. Kreiner on how to manage springtime allergies and how we can help using ... See more

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