Rapid COVID-19 Testing

Test Information

FDA Approved Quidel Sofia 2 Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Test with 96.7% Sensitivity

Same Day Results

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Certain institutions such as the Bahamian Government may only accept a PCR COVID-19 test to allow entrance. There is currently no such a thing as a “rapid PCR test.” If you specifically require a PCR test, please be aware that results may take as long as 7 days and this test must be done at the office and not our drive through location.

Cost of COVID-19 Testing

$15 Processing Fee applicable for all patients insured or self pay; Non-Refundable paid at the time of scheduling.

Self-Pay: $125

Insurance: Most insurances are covering the cost of office visit and testing due to exposure or if you are symptomatic. Please check with your provider or review the attached paperwork for coverage dates.

Insurance carriers are NOT covering the cost of COVID-19 screening for the purpose of a surgical clearance, return to work mandates by employers, or for travel. These are not considered medical necessity by insurance carriers. If you are scheduling a test for these reasons, it must be paid as self-pay. Insurance carriers consider medical necessity. Medical necessity is met if patient reports exposure to a positive COVID-19 patient or if they are symptomatic.

How to Prepare

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your time slot to your preferred office location.

Please print the following registration packet, fill it out and bring it with you at the time of your appointment.

Schedule Your Test

Please choose your preferred location and reserve your time slot for testing.
Only one person will be tested per time slot.

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What type of test is this?

The rapid COVID-19 test performed at Avecina is the Sofia 2 antigen test which is FDA approved for detection of early COVID-19. It is performed using a foam tipped swab which does not reach far in the nasal cavity as PCR testing swabs.

How accurate is the test?

The test has an FDA approved to have a sensitivity of 96.7% which is one of the highest in the industry. Attached is table that shows sensitivity of 96.7% for the antigen test.

My swab did not go far up in my nose; is my test accurate?

The antigen test has a different swab which is much thicker than the swab designed for a PCR test. The horror stories that patients have heard since the beginning of the pandemic refers to the PCR swab which requires insertion very high in the nasal cavity. Avecina uses a foam tipped swab specifically designed for this test that is only meant to go to the opening of the nostrils which is recommended by the manufacturer.

How soon will I get my results?

Our staff work very hard to have your results delivered to you in less than 24 hours.

Will my insurance pay for this test if I am required to have one prior to surgery, travel or for work clearance?

No, unfortunately insurance carriers do not consider any of the above as “medical necessity” and will deny your claim. These cases patients must self pay to avoid claim issues in the future.

What is considered ``medical necessity`` by insurance carriers which would cover the cost of the visit and test?

Medical necessity is achieved if patient states that they have had a positive exposure to a COVID-19 person or if they present with typical symptoms such as fever, cough, cold, fatigue or loss of taste etc.

Can I file with my insurance after have paid out of pocket at your drive-through site?

No. In order for an insurance carrier to cover the cost of the test, an actual visit with a provider must be accomplished which would include patient presenting with a chief complaints, vitals to be taken by staff and to be actually seen by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. None of these occur at a drive through site so the cost can not be filed with any insurance carrier.

I was exposed to someone two days ago who is positive, when should I get a test?

It takes at least 72 hours after exposure to test positive. Testing before that time period will increase the likelihood of a false negative.

Could I still infect someone else with COVID-19 if I have no symptoms?

Absolutely. We have many cases where a single asymptomatic patient still infected everyone in their household.