Who is eligible for testing?
As of March 24, 2020, testing is available to both members of KCDPC & their referrals from the community who have symptoms and risks consistent with COVID-19 (this is reviewed and determined by Dr. Edwards, Dr. Short, and/or Lauran Gress, RN on a case-by-case basis). Symptoms include any respiratory symptoms (sore throat, running nose, aches, pains, fever, and/or cough) or gastrointestinal symptoms (specifically diarrhea); risk factors include travel to an endemic area, close contact with someone already diagnosed with COVID (by a lab), and healthcare workers with any symptoms. If influenza and/or strep throat seems more likely, we may offer to do this rapid testing (takes less than 10 minutes) prior to proceeding with COVID testing. Influenza testing is $30; strep testing is $15.
What is the price of COVID testing? Is it free?
While the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed by congress on Wednesday, March 18 attempted to provide “free” testing, the way they set this up is that insurance companies must pay for testing. As you all are aware, we do not bill any insurers for our services. Because of the cost of supplies, labor, and the risk associated with testing, there is a $75 visit fee for testing from KCDPC that will be charged when you book your COVID-19 testing.
When we send the test sample in to a commercial lab, however, we can include your insurance information and they can bill your insurer for the cost of the test. For those without insurance, they will invoice you for $0-70 in several months (please let us know if their billing exceeds this price).
On a final note about pricing: we firmly believe that this testing should be offered widely for free (actually free) via public health entities; however, we’ve been waiting for weeks for this to occur and feel we need to step up while public health entities, FEMA, and larger organizations figure this out. We hope to stop testing and defer to these larger institutions as soon as possible. We are actively working with the Wyandotte County Health Department to make this a reality.
How do I schedule?
We will send you a link to pick a 15-minute window for testing at the clinic between 3 and 6pm. This testing requires a lengthy set-up for us, so unfortunately, we cannot be that flexible. If you arrive late, you will miss your appointment. If you cannot make your scheduled date and time, please call us to reschedule at least 3 hours before your appointment to reschedule for a later date/time .
Where is the testing done?
KCDPC’s parking lot at 2016 W 43rd Avenue, Suite A — we share a parking lot with the Commerce Bank ATM. Park in a parking spot on arrival. Remain in your vehicle; we will greet you ASAP.
What do I need to bring?
You must present a government-issued ID to be tested. You may also want to bring a tissue, as things can get a bit messy.
How is the testing done?
Specimen collection will be done by either nasopharyngeal swab or nasopharyngeal aspirate. So long as we have supplies available, you are welcome to choose which method you prefer. We will administer the swab; however, the aspirate, should you choose this method, needs to be done by you.
A nasopharyngeal aspirate is, essentially, like doing a saline nasal rinse with something like a Netti Pot. One of our colleagues (the always entertaining Dr. Ryan Neuhofel of NeuCare) in Lawrence made this video to demonstrate; please watch it to know what to expect.
- Remain inside your vehicle!
- A provider or nurse will approach your vehicle with a collection kit.
- Tilt your vehicle seat backwards.
- Open the bag and remove items, placing them on your lap.
- Place the un-capped, pre-filled syringe (saline solution) into one nostril.
- In other hand, place plastic cup under the other (opposite) nostril.
- Tilt head backwards to look straight up at ceiling
- Squirt the saline (about 5 mL) into your nasal cavity. You will feel the fluid move to the back of your nose and throat. DO NOT SWALLOW!
- Tilt your head towards the plastic cup, allowing fluid to exit opposite nostril and into the cup.
- Squeeze the nostril that you squirted the saline into and blow the other nostril hard into cup. WE WANT MUCOUS SO DON’T BE SHY! 🙂
- Blow your nose a few times with provided tissue.
- When you are done, hold the specimen cup outside of your car window. A provider or nurse will approach to suction up the fluid to be transferred to another container. You will hold the cup the whole time; do not hand it to the clinician.
- Take the pipette from the provider or nurse.
- Place all the materials used into the plastic baggy provided and discard at home in a trash can.
We will send in your sample for COVID-19 testing to a private reference lab 24 hours after collection. Our lab is currently reporting a turnaround time of 5ish days, but this will likely vary depending on total volume for them. We will notify you of the results within 24 hours of us receiving them. Please wait at least a week before contacting us for an update regarding the results.
While you wait for your results, you must home quarantine. Those who are under home quarantine should not attend school, work or any other setting (including stores, grocery stores, etc.) where they are not able to maintain at about a 6-foot distance from other people.
To confirm you’ve read this entire document, please share the password “social distancing” with us when you arrive for testing. Thanks!