RAPID COVID-19 TESTING
According to the << NY State guidelines >> related to recent travel, all NY residents coming back from out-of-state travel (except from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont) must quarantine for 3 days and then provide a negative covid test on day 4 (or later) if they wish to break quarantine.
At a time when laboratories are backlogged with COVID tests, causing patients to potentially wait several days to get a result, Atrium Medical is now offering a FDA-approved nasal swab which produces a positive or negative test result in just 15 minutes.
What Can I Expect From A Rapid COVID Test?
The rapid COVID test is administered in our office as a nasal swab by a medical provider.
What Can I Learn From A COVID-19 Rapid PCR Test?
The rapid antigen test can return results showing whether the patient is currently infected with acute COVID-19 in just 15 minutes. It does not test whether you have previously been infected by COVID-19.
What test or protocol do you use?
Do you offer other Covid-related testing?
Besides the in-office rapid covid test, we are also offering nasal swab testing via commercial labs (“PCR test”) which is currently taking 2-5 days of turn-around time. We also perform blood-based (serological) antibody testing to determine whether you have been infected with the coronavirus in the past.
Is it covered by insurance?
The test is being covered by most carriers, but please verify with your insurance carrier regarding coverage. CPT Code is 87426.
Atrium Medical cannot guarantee a payment or verify that definite eligibility of benefits conveyed to us or to you by your carrier will be accurate or complete. Payment of benefits is subject to all terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions of the member’s contract at the time of service. Atrium Medical strongly recommends, requests, and encourages you to be familiar with, and verify your benefits with your insurance company prior to being seen.
Please note that some Medical Offices in Manhattan are double billing patients for these tests and/or charging steep upfront out-of-pocket fees. If you believe you have encountered any unethical medical practices, you should report them to the authorities
What safety guidelines are we following?
We have instituted all procedural changes recommended by the CDC to ensure that all of our patients’ safety is protected in every way possible when they come into our offices for appointments while the pandemic is ongoing. Click here to learn about our Covid safety guidelines.