New lab options for COVID tests

In Community Health, Feature by admin

To help reduce the turnaround time of COVID-19 tests of physicians, MSSC made arrangements with two local labs that perform PCR tests and a medical practice that conducts antigen rapid tests.

Affiliated Medical Services Lab, in partnership with Ascension Via Christi, has agreed to perform a PCR test on any MSSC physician. Test results would be available in fewer than 12 hours.

In order to be tested, a physician needs to go the AMS lab at 2916 E. Central and present his or her badge (or other physician identification) and a prescription for the test. Lab costs are billed to insurance companies.

Heartland Pathology recently obtain an Abbott antigen rapid-test machine and has agreed to test MSSC physicians. Results are available in as little as 15 minutes. Heartland offers testing in the parking lot of its office at 9300 E. 29th St. N. Tell the technician that you are a physician with the Medical Society. Lab costs are billed to insurance companies.

Wichita State University built a new laboratory that can analyze nasal and oral PCR tests. MSSC member Joel Alderson, DO, is the director of the lab, which will be operational in October. The lab is available to process tests of physicians, medical staff and patients. The turnaround time is 24 hours.

WSU supplies the testing kit, but the sampling must be done elsewhere. Samples should be sent via medical courier to the lab at 4174 S. Oliver, Bld. #174H. The total lab cost is $80 per test, with $24 billed when the testing kit is ordered and the remaining $56 billed upon lab analysis. Practices are responsible for billing insurance.