ALCAT Test (Food Allergy Test)
Are Hidden Food Sensitivities Making You Sick?
Diet plays a critical role in preventing a wide range of degenerative diseases and premature aging. The immune system should react appropriately and protect against infection when introduced to harmful or infectious agents like viruses or bacteria. Unfortunately for some, exposure to common foods, chemicals or molds may trigger chronic activation of the immune system.
For over 20 years, the ALCAT (Antigen Leukocyte Cellular Antibody Test) has been a useful tool for managing a wide variety of conditions linked to chronic activation of the immune system. These conditions include:
- Digestive Disorders
- Chronic Fatigue
- Aching Joints
- Skin Disorders
- Arthritis, and more…
How it Works?
The ALCAT test was developed to measure personalized nutrition at the cellular level. It is a simple blood test that measures the body’s cellular response to challenges from a wide array of substances including foods, additives, colorings and chemicals. The individual’s cellular reactivity after exposure of the blood sample to the various test agents, versus its own baseline control, tells Brentview Medical which substances may be causing a sensitivity-related response in the body. Following testing, a 4-day rotational diet is provided to the patient.
ALCAT Test Options
Platinum Comprehensive ALCAT Test ($1,099) – 320 items
- 200 Foods
- 50 Functional Foods & Medicinal Herbs
- 10 Food Additives
- 10 Food Colorings
- 10 Environmental Chemicals
- 20 Molds
- 20 Antibiotics/Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Comprehensive Wellness 1 ALCAT Test ($850) – 250 items
The Test Results and Rotational Diet
The ALCAT test results are presented in an easy to read and understand, color-coded format. They highlight each patient’s incompatible foods and the level of each reaction (severe, moderate or mild). The ALCAT test results also clearly identify the foods which are non-reactive or “safe” foods by putting them in a green section of the results and organizing them by food groups. In addition to the results, each test also includes a customized 4-Day Rotational Diet.
What the Media is Saying
Q) Will my insurance cover the cost of an ALCAT test?
A) Yes, certain insurance policies will pay for all or part of Alcat testing. Patients must have out of network benefits. No HMO’s are accepted.
Please contact the insurance company directly to verify the following information (click here for a useful worksheet):
- Does the plan provide “out of network” laboratory benefits?
- Is there an out of network deductible? If yes, how much?
- Is CPT code 83516 covered? Is there a limitation on the coverage for this code?
*You must have “out of network” benefits and CPT code 83516 must be covered to receive insurance coverage for the alcat test.
Q) Are there any insurance companies who do NOT cover the ALCAT test?
- United Healthcare-limits coverage to 4 units per day –our test bills a minimum of 10 units pin one day
- Blue Cross of Michigan-for the same type of unit limitation per day
- Aetna–due to non-payment of claims
- CareFirst Blue Cross of Maryland
- BCBS Federal Employee Program
Q) Will you file claims for Medicare or Medicaid?
(A) No, this is a non-covered service under Medicare guidelines and therefore we do not file claims with Medicare or Medicaid.
Q) What do you need to file an insurance claim?
- receipt for payment of the test (we provide this when you order through us.)
- a prescription from a physician which includes a ICD-9 diagnosis code along with their Tax ID# or UPIN#.
- A copy of the front and back of the patient’s insurance card
- Patient DOB and name of insured.