Referring Physicians

As the country's first multi-specialty program dedicated to the treatment and management of airway diseases, the Vanderbilt Asthma, Sinus and Allergy Program brings together the medical specialties and diagnostic resources to offer truly comprehensive care for asthma, sinusitis, and allergies.

Our program is designed to work with referring physicians. Within 24 hours of the patient's exam, we provide referring providers with a complete report of the patient's visit, diagnosis and treatment strategy.

ASAP Referal Procedures

Our staff is more than willing to help schedule a convenient appointment for your patients. Call (615) 936-2727 between 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 8:00-11:30 a.m. Fridays.

If your patients insurance requires a referral to see a specialist from their Primary Care Physician (PCP), the PCP's office must request this referral and our office must receive it before the patient's appointment. This can take several days.

If precertification for testing is required, our Referral and Registration Specialist will obtain this during the patient's visit so the patient does not need to wait.

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When to Refer Asthma and Rhinitis Patients

The following basic guidelines can help determine when to refer a patient. For additional guidance, call (615) 936-2727.

Refer an Asthma Patient When:

  • The diagnosis of asthma is in doubt (persistent coughing, for example).
  • The patient is losing time from school or work (eight or more days per year), if his/her quality of life is being seriously affected, or if the patient is limiting activities (including exercise) because of asthma.
  • The patient has highly labile airway function or frequent exacerbations.
  • The patient requires more than one canister of inhaled beta-agonist per month, high dose inhaled corticosteroids (>1200 mg/day), frequent bursts of oral corticosteroids, or if the patient requires daily oral corticosteroids.
  • The extent that allergy plays a role in the disease is uncertain and allergy management is necessary.
  • The role of occupational exposures is undefined.
  • The patient requires management of adverse effects of medication, help with complex pharmacotherapy or education about medications.

Modified from the 'Practice Parameter on Sinusitis,' developed by the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters. Adapted from 'Asthma and Allergy Management News,' June 1997, published by American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Refer a Rhinitis Patient When:

  • The condition or its treatment is interfering with a patient's performance or causing significant loss of school or work time.
  • The patient's quality of life is significantly altered.
  • There are complications of rhinitis, such as sinusitis, otitis, hearing loss, asthma, significant snoring, loss of sleep, or bronchitis.
  • Initial treatments have not adequately resolved the symptoms or additional diagnostic approaches are required, particularly regarding defining relevant allergens.
  • A patient requires systemic corticosteroids or is experiencing adverse reactions to other therapeutic approaches.

Modified from the 'Practice Parameter on Sinusitis,' developed by the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters. Adapted from 'Asthma and Allergy Management News,' June 1997, published by American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.