Select Patient First Centers Now Offer COVID-19 Testing

Updated May 21, 2020

Select Patient First Centers now offer Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing 7 days a week by appointment. No out-of-pocket cost for most insured patients. 

This service is currently offered at the following Patient First Centers: 

To make an appointment, call your preferred Center and enter “5” during the recording to speak with the Front Desk.  You may call to make an appointment anytime between 8 am and 10 pm.  Appointments are scheduled between 9 am to 1 pm, and 2 pm to 6 pm.

All Patient First Centers, including the Designated Testing Centers, remain Open Every Day for Walk-in Care of Illness and Injury.

 

Who can be tested?  In order to make an appointment to be tested, patients must be at least 5 years old and must meet screening criteria, which are based on CDC guidance. The screening criteria include meeting any of the following conditions:

  • Symptoms
    • You have at least one of the following:
      • Coughing
      • Shortness of Breath
      • Difficulty Breathing
    • OR you have at least two of the following:
      • Fever
      • Chills
      • Sore Throat
      • Fatigue
      • Body Aches or Muscle Pain
      • Headache
      • Nausea and/or Vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • Loss of Appetite
      • Loss of Smell and/or Taste
  • You are a healthcare worker or first responder.
  • You have had prolonged contact with (e.g. live with or work closely with) a COVID-19 positive person or a person waiting for COVID-19 test results.
  • You reside in a nursing home or other congregate living facility.
  • You are a cancer patient who requires COVID-19 testing before beginning or resuming treatment.
  • You are required by your doctor, hospital, or outpatient surgical center to have COVID-19 testing prior to a planned surgery.
  • You are required by your employer to have COVID-19 testing prior to beginning or returning to work.

 

What is the cost?  For most insured patients, there is no out-of-pocket expense. The visit will be submitted to your insurance plan. Patient First accepts all major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Your insurance plan determines if you are responsible for any out-of-pocket expense.

For self-pay patients, the cost is $90 for the exam plus a separate bill from the lab in some cases.  The lab will determine what, if anything, it bills the patient. 

 

What is the process for being tested?

  • First, make an appointment by calling your local Designated Patient First Testing Center. Please have your insurance card on hand when you call.
  • Bring your insurance card and picture ID with you to your appointment.
  • On arrival, follow the “Coronavirus Testing” signs and park in a designated spot.
  • The sample will be taken and sent to a reference lab for testing. Self-quarantine until you receive your results.
  • COVID-19 lab results are available on your Patient First Portal Account, usually two days to five days after the test.  If you have not yet set up a Patient First Portal Account, you will receive a temporary code allowing you to do so when you come in for testing.

 

Understanding your test result  CLICK HERE