Here’s how to get tested.
1. Call your primary care provider or gastroenterologist and set up an appointment. At your office visit, if your doctor is not familiar with IBS-80, tell him/her about it and refer him/her to the website. If your doctor agrees IBS-80 is right for you, ask if he/she can schedule the testing.
Since patch testing is usually done by dermatologists, he/she may have to learn the procedure. Be sure to tell him/her about the two training videos on our website. If your doctor prefers, he/she can refer you to a dermatologist, since they regularly perform patch tests.
You can also begin by setting up an appointment with a dermatologist. If he/she agrees IBS-80 is right for you, he/she can schedule the testing.
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2. Let us help. If you are having difficulty finding a provider to administer IBS-80, contact us and we’ll find one for you.
IBS-80 Basic or IBS-80 Plus?
There are two choices—IBS-80 Basic with 80 food allergens and IBS-80 Plus with the 80 original allergens plus an additional 26 allergens.
Plus offers the most comprehensive testing. It tests for 106 foods and has the greatest probability of detecting all foods contributing to your IBS symptoms.
Basic detects the great majority of allergies (97.5% in a recent study) that contribute to IBS. This may be preferred for those with financial constraints, since insurance that covers patch testing often covers only up to 80 allergens a year.
Be sure to discuss this decision with your provider.
Some healthcare insurers cover the testing and others do not. Prior to scheduling, you may ask your provider whether the testing will be submitted to your insurance. If so, you may ask your provider’s office if they can check for you whether the testing is a covered service under your plan or you may check with your insurer yourself. For IBS, typically diagnosis code K58.9 (IBS) and procedure code 95044 (patch testing) are used for billing, with the number of units being 80 for IBS-80 Basic and 106 for IBS-80 Plus. Note that many insurance policies limit patch test coverage to 80 units per year.