Rapid Antigen testing
All patients must be assessed virtually or in-office prior to testing. Our providers will help determine which test is right for you.Set up virtual visit Find a location
Sick and injured children take priority in being seen due to the nature of their condition. We cannot provide other care nor diagnostic tests to patients over age 26.
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If you would like to get assessed for testing, please choose one of the options below:
All testing is done by pediatric experts who follow the highest safety standards. See below for expected PCR testing turnaround times. Timing for results vary based on the lab that is processing the test. In some regions, labs processing COVID tests are required by law to report positive test results to the local health department. Please note, due to high testing volumes nationwide, lab results may take longer than expected and testing supplies may be limited.
COVID-19 testing is available at all PM Pediatrics Urgent Care locations. Find your nearest location.
Assessment via Telemedicine or In-Office
For a telemedicine visit exclusively for COVID assessment, we will not collect a copay at the time of service. A claim will be submitted to your insurance to determine your individual financial responsibility. Click here to view our participating insurance companies. Patients with Non-Participating Commercial Insurance or Medicare will be billed a total charge of $65. If the telemedicine provider determines that a Rapid Antigen test is indicated, there will be an additional $35 billed. For those not covered by insurance, we will submit a claim to the appropriate state program. If you do not qualify for the state program, you will be billed as above.
For in-office COVID assessments, a claim will be submitted to your insurance to determine your individual financial responsibility. If you are not covered by insurance or have Non-Participating Commercial Insurance or Medicare, you will be charged $65, if a PCR test is performed or $100 if a rapid antigen test is performed at the time of the visit.
COVID PCR Tests
The COVID PCR test is a special test, which will be sent to an outside laboratory. The laboratory will submit a claim to your insurance and will determine if you have any additional financial responsibility. Please contact your insurance to determine your financial responsibility for the laboratory fees. If you are not covered by insurance, the laboratory may bill you for the full cost of the tests, unless you live in a state that has waived fees for uninsured patients.
PM Pediatrics is offering COVID-19 PCR and rapid antigen testing. While no test is 100% accurate, we are using national reputable laboratories who perform internal validation to ensure reliable testing practices. The rapid antigen test we perform and the tests that the laboratories are using are FDA EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) approved.
Our Annapolis, Columbia, Germantown, Parkville, Rockville & Timonium, MD offices and ALL Virginia offices offer an option for same-day PCR results with select participating insurances. This express-test can be scheduled after a telemedicine or in-person visit, but must be performed before specific times for same-day results. Please visit location pages for respective office times.
The PCR/nasal swab test will tell you if you currently have COVID-19. A person with symptoms of COVID-19 is a candidate for this test. The results will come back either positive or negative. There is up to a 30% chance that the test may be falsely negative. Therefore, a negative test does not eliminate the possibility that you currently have the infection or that you had the infection in the past.
This test is a nasal swab that tells you in a short period of time if you have been infected with COVID-19. The accuracy of this test is limited, meaning that while a positive result means that there is a high likelihood that you have COVID-19, a negative test does not eliminate the possibility of infection. If you had a direct exposure to COVID-19, it is still very important to quarantine for 14 days from exposure, regardless of test result. A confirmatory PCR test may be recommended if your antigen test is negative. A PCR test is a nasal swab test that will be sent to an external lab for further study. PCR tests take longer to produce results, but they produce more accurate results. A rapid antigen test may not be sufficient for medical or surgical clearance, please check with your healthcare provider.
Rapid antigen testing may be recommended by the provider evaluating you if you currently have COVID symptoms.
To promote social distancing, we are offering telemedicine services for those who are hesitant to come to our offices, as well as allowing patients who do come to the office to wait in their cars. We are limiting our visitors to one guardian per patient. Depending on each office’s layout, we are separating patients sitting in our lobby as much as possible. All of our offices are always held to a high standard of hygiene and safety and we are following CDC guidelines, sanitizing our equipment, and cleaning our exam rooms thoroughly during business hours and again overnight. We have screening protocols in place starting at our front door with signs to direct patients to immediately speak with our front desk staff if they meet any of the screening criteria. Our exam rooms are kept closed at all times to reduce the spread of germs.
Testing turnaround times vary by state. Click on your state below to see the current expected turnaround time.
Timing for results vary based on the lab that is processing the test. During times of high testing volume, lab results may take longer than expected.
Ashburn, Herndon & Springfield, VA and Annapolis, Columbia, Timonium & Rockville, MD offices only: Option for same-day PCR results available. Test must be performed before 1:00pm for same-day results. Your health assessment will be processed through insurance. This expedited test is billed by the lab to participating insurance companies and there may be a charge not to exceed $150 for non-participating plans.Alaska