SECURE RPP/COVID-19 Test Kits
Is your COVID-19 Validated?
The COVID-19 test was developed according to FDA/CDC guidance and approved through the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
Are these COVID-19 "screening" tests?
No. These tests are comprehensive diagnostic tests which include testing for the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) for patients with symptoms. The CDC recommends symptomatic patients have a more comprehensive respiratory test completed. COVID-19 screening tests will be provided for healthcare workers soon.
Who is a high-risk patient?
A high-risk patient is one who has one or more of the following:
- Heart Disease
- Lung Disease (including chronic asthma)
- Current Cancer or Dialysis Treatment
What is considered symptomatic?
Patients that exhibit these symptoms are considered symptomatic:
- Difficulty breathing or Shortness of breath
- Aches/Pains (Especially chest pain)
- Sore throat
Who pays for this test?
MEDICARE PART B patients are entitled to RPP/COVID-19 testing with no out-of-pocket costs. Other private insurances cover tests based on the patient's benefits. If a patient is in a SNF and under Medicare Part A, it will be a facility charge.
How is your infectious disease process different?
The specimens from your patients/residents are not just simply sent to a lab, but results are also reviewed by our team of pathologists at Healix Pathology for more comprehensive care and oversight. In addition, specimens are analyzed for antibiotic resistance of identified pathogens. Results show what antibiotics have the most probability to treat the infection. This creates better antibiotic stewardship and helps limit empirical treatment. Our pathologist team is working closely with some of the top organizations following COVID-19. We are committed to providing our customers the best information to help manage the health of your patients/residents and teams.
What is PCR and how is it different than normal culture testing?
PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction and identifies the pathogen RNA.
- Newer Technology
Culture and sensitivity (c/s) has been around for over 75 years. Although PCR is not a new technology, recently costs to run these tests have dropped substantially and are now becoming available and affordable for post-acute care.
- Higher Accuracy
C/S has a false negative rate in upwards of 30%. In addition, if there are more than 3 pathogens present samples are considered contaminated. In contrast, PCR can identify numerous pathogens present with 98% accuracy.
- Faster Results
Results are normally provided with 24-48 hours compared to c/s where results may take in upwards of 7-10 days (COVID-19 backlog may impact 24-48 hour turn around, but we are currently still providing results in this timeframe).
- Antibiotic Resistance
PCR identifies antibiotic resistant strands including MRSA.
Can we order COVID-19 only?
The pandemic of the SARS-CoV2 virus that causes COVID-19 is at a point that if a patient is experiencing symptoms that require a test, the CDC recommends a more detailed respiratory analysis be completed. COVID-19 only testing is recommended for healthcare workers who are asymptomatic to ensure they are not carriers who would infect at-risk patients. We will have COVID-19 testing available for healthcare workers very soon, but at this time reserving kits for at-risk symptomatic patients.Why is this important under CMS changes with PDPM/PDGM?
PDPM/PDGM is results focused. Obtaining infection information more quickly and accurately can have a huge impact on the plan of care and outcomes. Additionally we have prevented hospitalizations of many patients due to the results and actionable changes to antibiotics prescribed.
Do you only provide Respiratory Tests?
Our infectious disease program includes testing for multiple panels including:
- Women's Health
With demand on COVID-19 testing, can I still run other tests?
Yes, you can still run other infectious disease tests. It is important to treat patients quickly and accurately to keep them out of the hospital. If you need other types of infectious disease testing kits, please notify the type and volume in the NOTES section when you submit the form above.