Q. What conditions and illnesses does infusion therapy treat?

A. Infusion therapy is used to handle a wide variety of conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, Crohn’s Disease, fibromyalgia, hemophilia, immune deficiencies, multiple sclerosis, and many more. It is also prescribed for gastrointestinal or diabetes issues, with anti-rejection support for transplant patients. In addition to supporting challenging illnesses and conditions, infusion therapy can be helpful in administering parenteral nutrition, vitamin supplements and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), for immune deficiencies and autoimmune diseases. All infusions are available only by physician prescription.

Q. Are infusion therapies effective? More important, are they safe?
A. Infusion therapy has been around for decades. Infused medicines are used widely for several disease states, conditions, and illnesses, and have helped tens of thousands of people improve their quality of life. Oklahoma Arthritis Center ensures all needles and other equipment are new and sterile and that our state-of-the-art facility is impeccable. Moreover every infusion is physician-supervised, enabling us to immediately address any allergic or negative reaction.

Q. How long is an infusion treatment? Is there anything I have to do to prepare in advance?

A. The duration of your particular infusion will vary based on your prescribed antibiotic, pharmaceutical, or biologic. Your nurse can provide you more exact times.
Before your infusion, drink plenty of non-caffeinated liquids, and get a good night’s rest. Oklahoma Arthritis Center will advise you if your specific infusion requires fasting. Wear comfy clothes and bring your ID and insurance card. If possible, have a friend or loved one drive you for your treatment. Feel free to bring any reading materials or activities to keep you occupied.

Q. how much do infusion therapies cost? Will they be covered by insurance?

A. Every infusible drug and biologic is priced differently, and may vary based on your insurance plan’s coverage. Oklahoma Arthritis Center prides itself on ensuring the lowest possible out-of-pocket costs for our infusion patients.
We work closely with insurance carriers to ensure expeditious claim processing and your maximum coverage. Our staff will also go the extra mile to research and identify any pharmaceutical rebates that may apply, to help make your treatment as affordable as possible.

Q. My hospital offers the infusions I need. Why should I go to Oklahoma Arthritis Center?

A. Infusion center care offers significant advantages over the hospital and the home environment. For one, our facilities are focused exclusively on infusions — meaning that every physician, nurse, and other staff member has the expertise to guide you through all aspects of your treatment. Secondly, going to a dedicated infusion center means less hassle in parking, and not having to navigate through a complex, multi-building hospital to get to your treatment location.
More important, stand-alone infusion center costs are an average 53% lower than the same treatment provided at a hospital — which can save you thousands of dollars out of pocket.
For other conditions, the cost savings is even greater. The average cost of a hospital stay is $1,500 per day without medications, whereas the per-day cost of an IV center is $150 with medications. A four-day cellulitis treatment costs $600 in an IV center compared to $7,180 in a hospital setting. In addition, the risk of infection in a hospital environment is greater than at an infusion center.
As compared to the home environment, Oklahoma Arthritis Center ensures the integrity of all medications administered and has physician oversight to intervene in the event of an adverse drug reaction.

Q. What are Oklahoma Arthritis Center’s credentials?

A. Every practitioner maintains an expert knowledge of all infusions delivered, understanding every aspect of dosing, administration, reporting, and follow-up care.
In addition to maintaining numerous certifications and participating in national professional organizations such as the Infusion Nurses Society, every member of our nursing team undergoes annual training in infusion medicines, new pharmaceuticals, catheter placement/insertion, dosing, drug delivery, and patient assessment to ensure the most up-to-date treatments are available to our patients.

Oklahoma Arthritis Center also has pharmacy oversight to ensure:

  • Comprehensive patient medical records and referring physician communication

  • Maintenance and delivery of sterile equipment, needles, catheters, and pumps for all therapies administered

  • Quality assurance of compounding and administration of infused drugs, including drug interaction and incompatibility monitoring

  • Comprehensive care planning related to drugs and equipment to meet therapy goals and coordinate activities with other providers

  • Laboratory report reviews, and subsequent consults with physicians to adjust medication orders if necessary

  • Ongoing employee education and competence reviews

  • Performance improvement programs that include collection of clinical outcomes data, patient satisfaction surveys, and other performance measurement data

Q. How is Oklahoma Arthritis Center different from other infusion providers?

A. Our approach to care focuses on our patients, making sure we deliver services that not only improve their quality of life, but do so in a way that is caring, compassionate, and comfortable. Oklahoma Arthritis Center has also worked to ensure the lowest out-of-pocket costs for its patients. We closely monitor your care and progress, discuss your response with your referring physicians, and stay in contact with insurers to bring down out-of-pocket costs through claim specifics and applicable rebates.