We are now offering 2 types of COVID-19 testing in all offices:
PCR (nasal swab) & serum antibody (blood).
Due to increased testing volumes nationwide, lab test results may be delayed.
Nasal swab testing
Serum antibody (blood) testing
For children & adults
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. Test results are expected within 3-7 days. 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. Please contact the office where you were tested for more information about your individual test.
COVID-19 testing is available at all PM Pediatrics Urgent Care locations. Find your nearest location.
PM Pediatrics is offering both COVID-19 nasal swab and antibody testing for children and adults. While no test is 100% accurate, we are using national reputable laboratories who perform internal validation to ensure reliable testing practices. The tests that the laboratories are using are FDA EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) approved.
The 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.
We also offer the IgG antibody test. An antibody is a marker in the blood that indicates the body’s immune reaction to an infection. This test requires a blood sample drawn from a vein. It will determine if your body has already built up antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19.
If you believe you may have had COVID-19 and no longer have symptoms or believe you have had exposure without any symptoms, then you are a candidate for the antibody test. On rare occasions, the antibody test may be falsely negative, but that most often occurs if your infection occurred less than 21 days before your blood was drawn. If you currently have symptoms and feel ill, you should not get an antibody test and would be better served by a nasal swab test.
We are learning more about this virus every day, and while the medical community is hopeful that these antibodies will help protect against future infection, we don’t yet know if it gives immunity or how long immunity would last. You should continue to follow the recommendations from your state/place of work in regard to social distancing, masking, and good hand washing.
Understanding your Antibody Test Results:
POSITIVE: If your test comes back positive, you were likely infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. There may be a small number of people that have a false positive result. In addition, because this is a new virus, it is unknown whether a positive antibody result means that you are protected from getting infected again. It is also unknown how long your antibodies will last. Even if your test is positive, there is no guarantee that you are “immune.“
NEGATIVE: If your test comes back negative, you were likely not infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 or have not yet developed longer lasting antibodies. On rare occasions, the test may be falsely negative but that most often occurs if your infection occurred less than 21 days before your blood was drawn. You may wish to repeat the test in the future.
EQUIVOCAL: If your test comes back equivocal, you may or may not have been infected with COVID-19. Your development of antibodies cannot be determined. Speak with your primary care physician about possibly repeating this test in the future.
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. The $65 will be considered payment in full and there will be no further charges. For those not covered by insurance, we will submit a claim to the appropriate state program.
For in-office COVID assessments, regular copays apply. If you are not covered by insurance or have Non-Participating Commercial Insurance or Medicare, you will be charged $65 at the time of the visit.
The COVID 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 test, unless you live in a state that has waived fees for uninsured patients.
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.