COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing

  • Updated 7/01/2021

What COVID-19 testing do we offer?

We offer two different types of Diagnostic tests – Molecular RT-PCR & Antigen.

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

  • Molecular RT-PCR (anterior nasal swab) – this Nucleic acid test will detect if you are actively infected with COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2. The test is performed in the clinic with our Point-of-Care Testing Laboratory, using an automated multiplexed nucleic acid test assay with real-time polymerase chain reaction technology on the Roche cobas Liat platform.  This test is FDA Emergency Use Authorization approved. Click this link for more information – Roche Patient Fact Sheet
    • Results in 20 minutes
    • If you are traveling and are required proof of a COVID test, this is often the most accepted type.
  • 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.
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Coverage / Cost

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.

Are we accepting patients with COVID-19 symptoms?

Yes, we are currently accepting visits from all patients without requiring a referral. 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:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • 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.
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