FAQs About Different Tests
In-House Real Time – PCR Testing: Urgent Care Clinic of Lincoln has partnered with BioFire and is now running in-house Covid-19 RNA testing with same day turnaround. Our test screens all three strains of Covid-19 has a sensitivity of 97.1% and a specificity of 99.3%. This test is tied to our respiratory panel which means we are testing for 18 viruses and 4 bacteria that cause respiratory infections. It is the superior choice for patients who are sick and we need answers quickly. It is also ideal for our surgeons in town who need their patients cleared quickly for surgery. This test is also good for special needs where short turnaround is time-critical. The test takes only one hour to run but please understand our machine runs four tests at a time. If there is a backlog of patients with in house testing, it means it may take several hours for us to call you with results so please be patient. This test will be billed to your insurance. Please know insurance companies have been misleading patients. While they may say they pay for this test, this test is not a Covid test but a full respiratory panel. They are not the same. If you are concerned about insurance and billing, you need to call your insurance company to determine their coverage policy. We do not have access to your insurance plan benefits. While we try to keep the supply of in house tests stocked, please understand that during a national emergency, we may experience temporary shortages and may need to utilize Physician’s Lab, LabCorp, or NPHL as a emergency backup options. How and who we test is strongly dependent upon risk and need and not necessarily at the discretion of the patient to demand in house testing.
Physicians Lab PCR Testing (24-72 hour Turn Around Time): For patients who have no symptoms but have been exposed, we are typically sending screening tests to Physician’s Lab. This is a good option for healthy patients and is a good cost effective choice since the test is purely for Covid-19. This test is an RNA test for strains of Covid-19. Like our in-house test, this test is a PCR test which the CDC still considers the gold standard for testing.
Antigen Tests: We do carry antigen tests. The antigen test is quick and much more affordable but has accuracy limitations. If the test is positive, the test is positive. However, if the test is negative, the test can only predict this with 85% accuracy. If you receive an antigen test at our clinic and it is negative the CDC recommends you get a PCR test to confirm this. You can choose either a send out PCR test or in house Respiratory panel as a confirmatory test. Please look at this technical link from the CDC on Coronavirus Antigen Testing:
Why We Currently Discourage Antibody Testing
We can and will send Covid-19 antibody tests to LabCorp if you want antibody testing. We discourage this practice at this time because the tests are fraught with problems and errors. The tests do not test for just Covid-19 but ALL strains of coronavirus including the common cold. This means if you have antibodies, you may have simply had the cold. Also, you could actually have Covid-19 but the antibody test could still be negative. Because this test has potential for great error, we believe the morally ethical choice is to not use antibody testing unless there is a specific reason why it should be done. As this test evolves and becomes more accurate, we may include it in our in-house options. But currently, we are not satisfied with the FDA’s approval process of these tests. We believ
If you have questions about our facilities, please feel free to call us. Our clinic is divided into segments with electrostatic air filters so it is completely safe for you to come in for virus testing, lacerations, x-rays, or other illnesses and injuries. For a complete list of our services, click here.