Anyone aged 18 or above who wants to be tested for the COVID-19 virus, regardless of whether they have symptoms, can obtain a test from ResourcePath. In the United States there is a significant need for increased SARS-CoV-2 testing availability for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. If you would like to be tested but do not have a physician, or you do not meet illness requirements for your physician, the Commonwealth of Virginia allows patients to order their own laboratory tests for Coronavirus.
What is the ResourcePath Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and what can it tell me?
Our test uses RT-PCR methods to detect RNA from the COVID-19 virus in your saliva or nasal swab sample. This test is performed in our high complexity, CLIA-licensed, College of American Pathologists accredited laboratory in Sterling, VA by trained professionals.
This test can detect whether you currently have virus in your body. A negative result cannot tell you whether or not you have been exposed, have immunity, or will or will not become positive in the future.
The typical incubation period for Coronavirus is 2-14 days. Therefore, we suggest that if you have had known or suspected exposure to someone that is infected, that you wait two days from the date of exposure to get tested.
How can I order a test for myself?
We currently have two methods you can choose to order testing.
First we are partnering with McLean Pharmacy to offer SARS-CoV-2 viral testing using a non-contact process at the pharmacy. McLean Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are located at 1392 Chain Bridge Road, Mclean, VA 22101. Please call ahead to make an appointment. Phone: 571-488-6030 · Fax: 571-488-6035. Testing can be performed on saliva or nasal swab. Results are typically available within 48 hours.
Second, we have limited appointment-only hours at our laboratory in Sterling, VA. You must make an appointment to schedule your testing. We do not accept walk-ups. The best way to reach us and initiate a test order is through email:
- Send an email to email@example.com and indicate in the subject line that you are interested in COVID testing.
- We will send you a reply within 4 business hours with further instructions for getting tested.
If you do not have access to email, call our office at (571) 375-0755 to request information about testing. If we are unavailable, please leave a message with your name and phone number and that you are interested in COVID testing.
How is the test paid for?
We are currently able to bill Medicare and Virginia Medicaid. We will also submit claims directly to private insurance. If you have private insurance and wish us to bill them directly, please provide the information on your insurance card to us at the time of service.
It is important to note that private insurance companies may not pay for a test without a physician order. Our laboratory is not able to submit claims directly to private insurance. We request a direct payment of $125 per test and will provide a report and receipt that you may submit to your insurance to request reimbursement. If your health plan doesn’t pay for COVID-19 virus testing you may have to pay. Your health plan does not pay for everything, even some care that you or your health care provider have good reason to think you need. ResourcePath will ask to be paid up front, but will bill your insurance for an official decision on payment. I understand that if my health plan doesn’t pay, I am responsible for payment, but I can appeal to my health plan by following the directions it provides. If my health plan pays ResourcePath as an in-network provider, ResourcePath will refund any payments I made to it, less co-pays or deductibles. If my health plan pays ResourcePath as an out-of-network provider, ResourcePath may bill me for the balance owed for its service over what my health plan pays. Our direct to patient price is $125 and includes the specimen collection kit.
How can my physician order a test for me?
Have your physician contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask them to refer to our website for instructions about how to order our test. They may also call our front office at (571) 375-0755.
What if I don’t have a physician and need one to place an order?
If you need a physician, but do not have one, our office can provide you a telemedicine appointment with one of several board-certified physicians. The physician will interview you regarding symptoms or concerns about contact with an individual with COVID-19 and give you an order for your test. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information about setting up an appointment.
What can I expect after placing an order for a test using the direct to patient testing option? How long does it take?
Once we receive your request for a COVID-19 virus test kit, within 4 hours, we will email you more information about what to do next. If you do not have an email address, you can request a phone call from one of our team members who will explain the test and other details by phone.
Here is the information you can expect to receive prior to receiving a test kit.
- Consent to perform the test
- Notice of our Privacy Practices and how we keep your information private.
- A brief form to fill out regarding your symptoms (if any) and information about potential exposures (if any).
- An invoice that can be paid by credit card for $125.
- A form with information about the process for private insurance billing
- Information about where to obtain a specimen collection kit and where to return your specimens so that they may be tested.
Why use saliva? Is it as good as the nasopharyngeal tests recommended by the Centers for Disease Control?
Several studies have shown that saliva contains high viral content. Comparison of saliva and nasopharyngeal swabs have shown that both are equally diagnostic for COVID-19 virus. Because swabs are in short supply, require an uncomfortable procedure and require the use of personal protective equipment, we designed our test to work on saliva, in addition to nasopharyngeal or nasal swabs.
What happens if I test positive?
If you test positive, and you have received a test through the direct to patient option, we will call you to notify you of the positive result at the contact number you provided.
We are also required by law to notify your local Public Health Department about individuals who test positive for COVID-19 virus. If your test is positive, local health departments will need to follow up with you to provide you with additional information about how to quarantine, guidelines for when you need to consider going to the Emergency Department or Hospital should your health condition worsen, an interview to determine potential contacts who need to be notified, and an assessment if you need assistance with food delivery, housing or other support that your local county can provide during your quarantine.
Will you provide a written report?
Yes; regardless of whether you test positive or negative, ResourcePath will provide you with a written report that you can share with your physician or whomever you wish. As noted above, you will be notified by phone of a COVID-19 positive test immediately, with the formal written report to follow in 5 days.