FAQ For COVID Swab and Antibody Testing
Does Insurance cover testing?
News announcements about the CARE program from the federal government have stated that Private insurance, Medicare, and Tricare will cover the cost of testing with no copay and no deductible. For those with private Insurance, Medicare, and Tricare, we will bill your COVID testing visit(s) directly to your insurance. We will not collect any amount for a co-pay or deductible at the time of your visit. That said, we suggest you call your insurance company (their number can be found at the back of your insurance card) to verify what your specific plan coverage will be for the testing. They will tell you what your plan will cover and what could be your responsibility.
What is cash pay pricing on testing?
CommunityMed offers three COVID-19 tests.
- The COVID-19 Swab test (to determine if you are actively infected)
- The COVID-19 IgM Blood-Antibody test (to test for antibodies your body is creating while currently fighting an infection)
- The COVID-19 IgG Blood-Antibody test (to determine if you were previously infected)
Our pricing is that any one of the above tests is $249 by itself. Any/each additional test is $50.
Additionally, if you are symptomatic, there is a Flu/Strep (and RSV for kids) bundled test that can accompany the COVID-19 Swab test for $50.
How long does it take to get my results?
Labs across the country are experiencing tremendous volumes. Being so, turn-around times could be longer than our averages stated here.
For the Antibody Blood serology test, the average time for results is 24-36 hours.
For the Swab test, the average time for results is 3-4 days.
Is this testing FDA approved?
For the Antibody Test: These tests have been authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use by authorized laboratories. These tests have been authorized only for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. Normally, to get FDA approval, diagnostic tests need to run trails testing the performance of the tests. This process can take months or even years. Due to the situation of the pandemic, the FDA is skipping a lot of these steps by issuing emergency use authorizations.
Our Antibody Test collections go to Quest. Quest is a high complexity lab that has received the FDA’s EUA. Our antibody test is a blood test where blood is drawn and sent to the lab for processing (not a finger-stick blood test as you might have seen on the news).
What is the accuracy rate of this testing?
So much of the COVID-19 Virus is new and unknown. Even to Government Health Officials, there is still much to learn about COVID-19.
The Swab and Antibody tests that we use go through incredibly reputable and high-complexity labs (Lab Corp for the Swab test and Quest for the antibody test). While accuracy rates are still being determined, the tests we perform will provide some of the most accurate reporting available at this time.
Since all COVID testing is relatively new, the government has fast-tracked this test for FDA approval under the EUA, but we don’t have enough data to have accuracy rate for either test.
How will I get my testing results?
At the time of your test, you will be given instructions to make an account with the lab we send the testing to. You will be able to see results as soon as they are posted on those accounts. A member from our team will also be sure to follow up with each patient as a curtesy.