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We offer COVID-19 testing in all offices.

*Rapid antigen testing is currently available in CA, NJ, and TX only.

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Dear Dr. Christina
PM Pediatrics

COVID-19 Testing,
Now at Every Location

PCR testing

Rapid antigen testing (CA, NJ, & TX only)

Serum antibody (blood) testing

For children & adults

Walk-ins welcome



How testing at PM Pediatrics works

If you would like to get assessed for testing, please choose one of the options below:

  1. Visit any PM Pediatrics Urgent Care location, get an assessment by one of our providers and have the indicated COVID test performed.
  2. Get assessed using our PM Pediatrics Anywhere telemedicine mobile app.*  Within 24 hours after your assessment, a scheduler will contact you during office hours to complete your registration and schedule your time slot for testing. If you do not hear from them after 24 hours, please call the office where you would like to be tested.

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

* In NJ, rapid antigen testing is only available after an in-office assessment.


Insurance coverage of the COVID-19 test

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, if a PCR or antibody test are performed or $100 if a rapid antigen test is performed at the time of the visit.

COVID Test
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.


COVID-19 TESTING AT PM PEDIATRICS: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Types of COVID-19 tests

PM Pediatrics is offering COVID-19 PCR, rapid antigen* 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 rapid antigen test we perform and the tests that the laboratories are using are FDA EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) approved.

*Currently available in California, New Jersey, and Texas only.

PCR/nasal swab test

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. 

Serum antibody (blood) test

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.

Rapid antigen test

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. 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, were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID four or more days prior, or if you do not have symptoms but have a time sensitive need for results such as clearance for travel or school.

Ensuring safety of others 

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.

Expected turnaround time for PCR COVID-19 test results

Testing turnaround times vary by state. Click on your state below to see the current expected turnaround time as of 9/23/20. 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.

Alaska
California
Connecticut
Illinois
Massachusetts
Maryland
North Carolina
New Jersey
New York
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia