COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing

  • Updated 10/06/2020

What COVID-19 testing do we offer?

We offer two different types of tests – Diagnostic (Molecular PCR & Antigen) and Antibody.

What are the types of COVID-19 testing available, and how long for the results?

  1. Molecular PCR (nasal swab) – this test will detect if you are actively infected with COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2. The test is sent to our commercial lab partner for analysis, which uses the Abbot Architect platform.  This test is FDA Emergency Use Authorization approved. If you are traveling and are required proof of a COVID test, this is often the most accepted type.
    • Quest Diagnostics performs the lab testing and to view their up-to-date turnaround time to provide results can be found using this link.
    • Results can be viewed online using MyQuest.
  2. SARS Antigen FIA (nasal swab) – a rapid test (15-minute results) performed in-clinic with a nasal swab to detect if you are actively infected with Covid-19. Test results are provided using the Sofia 2 analyzer by Quidel, which is FDA Emergency Use Authorization approved. Click this link for more information – Quidel Antigen Patient Fact Sheet
    • Results in 15 minutes
    • Although these newer diagnostic antigen tests are faster to run, they are less sensitive and less specific and have a higher chance of missing an active infection, and negative antigen test results must be confirmed by a molecular test.
  3. Serum Antibody IgG (blood test) – this test will detect if you have had previous exposure to COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 and if your body is building antibodies.  The test is sent to our commercial lab partner for analysis, which uses the Abbot Architect platform.  This test is FDA Emergency Use Authorization approved.
    • Results in 48 hours
    • This test is used as a screening tool for those who wish to donate plasma to help someone that is hospitalized and actively fighting the infection.

Coverage / Cost

Does insurance cover COVID-19 testing?

Yes, if you are symptomatic. Insurance coverage is provided with no cost-sharing during the Public Health Emergency (PHE) period, except self-funded plans with specific payer payment policies. Contact your plan directly if you have questions.

If you are asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) and it is not medically necessary to be tested, we cannot submit to insurance due to our contracts.  You will be required to pay the fee upfront.

Does insurance cover antibody testing?

Currently, some insurance companies are reimbursing for the antibody test.  Serologic testing for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 IgM/IgG antibodies is covered for FDA and Emergency Use Authorization tests when ordered by a health care provider who is making an individualized clinical assessment of the patient in accordance with current standards of medical practice, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines.

According to the CDC, serologic testing:

  • Should not be used to determine immune status in individuals.
  • Should not be used to determine if someone can return to work.

What is the cost of an asymptomatic COVID-19 test?

  1. PCR SARS-CoV2 test - $149 at the time of service.
  2. SARS Antigen FIA – $47 at time of service
  3. Antibody – There will be a lab fee billed directly from Quest for $55.

Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes. Click here to get started.

Are we accepting patients with COVID-19 symptoms?

Yes, we are currently accepting visits from all patients without requiring a referral (even Mass Health patients). Our providers will help you navigate to the next appropriate step if testing for COVID-19 is warranted.

Who is Tested for COVID-19?

We follow evidence-based guidelines for testing based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and other sources.

If you are having difficulty breathing or a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department.

We recognize the local situation continues to change, and we’d like to invite you to visit the Commonwealth’s website and the CDC website for current updates.

Prevention of Coronavirus Disease

We encourage you to follow necessary CDC-recommended preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wear a face covering or mask that covers your mouth and your nose when in public.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, and call in advance.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact (maintain at least 6 feet of distance) with people, especially those who are sick.