Questions About Lab Testing

How will I know if my insurance will cover the lab tests?

We do not make any guarantees about insurance coverage for lab testing.  If you have a PPO or Medicare some of your testing may possibly be covered.  The amount of coverage depends on too many factors for us to be able to give you an exact cost or even a good estimate on how much you may have to pay.  We do recommend that once you receive your laboratory requisition, you check with your insurance company to verify whether or not your tests are covered.  We use a laboratory company that offers very low cash pay rates on tests that your insurance company will not cover or if you have a high deductible insurance plan.  Some of the Functional Medicine specialty tests that we order may have a guaranteed price which will be discussed with you by the office staff after the doctor prescribes the test.  If you have HMO insurance you will have to pay cash for your lab testing because we are out of your insurance network.  We offer affordable lab testing options for low cash prices.  We work very hard to give our patients affordable quality health care.

If you are paying out‐of‐pocket or have a high deductible on your insurance plan, please ask the front desk at checkout regarding obtaining discounted labs.

Are my lab tests in yet?

All lab test results will be emailed or mailed to you when we receive the final results and after your doctor has reviewed them. Some tests can take up to 4 weeks to be final. Most conventional labs will be final within 1 to 2 weeks. Most specialty or functional medicine labs will take about 2 weeks up to 4 weeks for some tests to get the final result. If it has been more than 4 weeks for your specialty labs please call our office.

How do I complete my take home test kits?

Each test kit contains detailed instructions. Please read and follow the instructions very carefully. If you have ANY questions after reading the instructions please call our office and we will be happy to assist you.

What do I do if I notice abnormal test results but have not seen the doctor yet?

All of your tests are reviewed by your doctor before they are sent to you. If there are abnormal lab results that need immediate attention the doctor will have our staff contact you as soon as possible. All the other abnormalities as well as normal results will be discussed at your follow up so the doctor can help you put them into the right context for your situation and continue to adjust your treatment regimen.


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