In House Same Day COVID-19 PCR Test
As part of our commitment to provide the best possible medical care to our patients, the PCC is very happy to announce that we have completed the installation and verification of a state of the art rapid RT-PCR testing system in our in-house CLIA licensed laboratory. This system, which is used by many hospitals and clinical labs, allows us to provide PCR testing for COVID-19 and other viruses, such as influenza, with results generally available in less than 24 hours. This means we can speed up the detection of COVID-19 and other illnesses to assist you and your PCC doctor in making the best decisions regarding care and prevention of spread-all in the safe and caring environment you trust.
How much does the test cost? The cost for the test itself is $90. It must be ordered by a provider after a televisit or office visit. Insurance will generally cover either all or a portion of these charges, but the amount is dependent on the actual services, reason for the testing and your insurance. For an additional charge of $30, we will also offer an expedited test for those who need the results in four hours or less if the sample is obtained by 3:30 PM. This fee to expedite results will not usually be covered by insurance, and payment is due at the time of service.
Which type of test should I get? The new PCR test is available in addition to our existing ability to rapidly test for COVID-19 antigen. The antigen test result, which has often been called “the rapid test,” produces results in less than 45 minutes. It is appropriate for symptomatic patients in whom COVID-19 is suspected. The rapid antigen test is over 80% sensitive in detecting COVID illness. For an asymptomatic patient, the test is less reliable and a PCR would always be performed. The charge for the rapid antigen test is $51.
You may schedule a visit by calling the main number 301-564-5880 and select 7 to speak to a nurse.