Fees & Insurance
Frequently asked questions
How do I get my Antibody results?
Results for antibody testing are processed the same day you test.
How accurate are your PCR tests?
The PCR test is more than 99% sensitive and specific. In fact, we discuss accuracy in terms of the number of viral copies a test can detect. Some tests need 400 copies to be detected. Ours requires just 10.
What is the Antibody Test?
I tested Positive for IgG Antibodies. Now what?
Wear your mask and continue to stay safe and monitor your vitals. It is not known how long antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 will remain present in the body after infection. We track these, and have found that in some people antibodies dissappear in 2 months post infection and in others, they continue to remain for at least 6 months. It is not known whether having antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 will protect you from getting infected again or help reduce the severity or duration of a future COVID-19 infection.
I tested Positive for IgM Antibodies. Now what?
If you have a positive test result, it is possible that you have had recent or prior COVID-19 infection and that you have developed an antibody response to the virus. Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on the test results along with other factors of your medical history, your symptoms, possible exposures, and geographic location of places you have recently traveled.
What is the COVID-19 PCR Test?
A PCR test is the gold standard in Covid and other testing. We offer multiple solutions for diagnostic PCR testing. Ours can actually be performed with just a nasal or throat swab, NOT the uncomfortable nasapharyngeal test. Results processed in 1-2 days (excluding testing preformed on Fridays or weekends).
When will I get my PCR results?
FedEx picks up samples every evening around 5:30pm. They are expressed delivered Monday - Friday and arrive around 8:30am. Assuming delivery times are as they are scheduled to be and the lab does not have any internal issues, results are released after 6 PM the following day. The lab will directly email them to you and if you are positive, we will call you. We generally offer 24-48 hour turn around so patients can plan accoringly for travel, etc.
How accurate are your Antibody test?
The Assure test used in our lab has an 87.9% sensitivity and a 99.8% specificity for IgM's. The sensitivity and specificity for IgG's is over 99.5% for each.
What if I don't have insurance?
Persons who are uninsured or are financially unable to cover the cost of their PCR testing may qualify for PCR Molecular and Antibody testing through a Federal assistance program. All you need is identification such as a driver's license, passport or ID card adn a $35 processing fee.
I have insurance through my employer or the market place. Am I covered?
We accept all major medical PPO plans. Financial Assistance programs available on request.
What do you charge for Antibody?
Private pay: Antibody testing is only $50.
Major group medical insurance policies are covering antibody test at 100%.
What do you charge for PCR testing?
Private pay: for PCR Molecular testing is $200 (includes $35 fee)
I have Tricare, MAPS, Scott & White, Medicaid or an HMO policy, now what?
Medicaid, Scott & White, MAPS and Tricare plans need to be private pay.
My PCR results came back positive. What do I do?
If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. (*False positives are extremely rare, and the analyzers that have had false positives are immediately disclosed.)
What does it mean if I have a negative PCR test result?
A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample. For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms usually means that COVID-19 did not cause your recent illness. However, it is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people with COVID-19. If the number of viral copies you have falls below the copies detected by the testing analyzer, you could still have the virus.
What is the CARES Act Federal Assistance Program?
We participate in the CARES Act federal assistance program for the uninsured. Antibody and PCR testing are fullyl covered, but we want to use it responsibly. Therefore, if you are uninsured and need financial assistance, we can access that program for you.
If I have an HMO or Medicare, can I just use the CARES Act program for the uninsured.
What fees does your office charge for testing.
We charge $35 for testing the public in our office for any and all tests. This helps us cover overhead. Please remember that all processing fees are non-fundable.
What about Antigen Tests?
We do NOT recommend, nor offer any antigen tests. These are 'screening' rather than 'diagnostic' tests. In other words, a positive antigen test requires PCR confirmation.
What is a Rapid Test?
A rapid test can be a PCR test, like the ones we offer, but most often they are antigen tests. Virtually worthless due to extremely limited application, we recommend skipping all antigen test.
Aren't all PCR tests the same?
No! All tests, even PCR tests, are not created equal. They are measured by the LoD (level of detection).The LoD specifies how many copies must be present in order for the test to detect Sar-Cov-2. Our reference lab has a LoD of 10. That means that only 10 copies of the virus in your body will demonstrate a positive test. Our Rapid PCR has a LoD of 120-125. Some PCR tests require 400 copies to show positive.
My Employer is Requiring Me to Get Tested, Can They Do That?
Yes, as a condition of employment, they can. Be glad they are because it means they are protecting you as well as their business.
My Insurance covers 100% why is there a fee?
Due to high demand, increasing cost of PPE (personal protective equipment), ever changing reimbursements, increasing staff to meet demand and no-show appointments we have implemented a non-refundable processing fee of $35 for each person testing.
How do I schedule, I'm new here?
Each person testing needs to go to https://www.austincovidlabs.com/copy-of-online-req-form and complete the short form, click continue, select a time and submit.
How do I schedule when I've been here before?
Welcome back! We always hope we're not needed but glad we could be here. Please click on https://www.austincovidlabs.com/copy-of-registration-scheduling.