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Lab FAQ How

Where Is Your Blood Drawn?

Reporting of Results:

How blood testing works at CashMedicalCare?

What should I expect when I have a lab test?

Do I need to do anything special to prepare for a lab test?

Sometimes special preparation is required to improve the accuracy of a test.

What items do I need to take to the CashMedicalCare specimen collection lab?

Who will report my test results to me?

How soon can I expect to receive my test results?

Can I order my own tests directly from CashMedicalCare Vendors?

My doctor provided a test request form for a different laboratory. My high deductible insurance requires I use their national lab chain. Do I need to go back to my doctor for a new test request form?

I still have the old test order form. Can I come in and be tested or do I need to go back to my doctor for a new form?

Are appointments required?

 

Where Is Your Blood Drawn?

Your blood is drawn in a local clinic, the same clinic that you can go to if a problem with your sample arises. There are online labs that offer services but a local presence gives the CMC patients a place to return to with questions. All the labs that CashMedicalCare.com use are College of American Pathologists (CAP) and COLA certified.

Reporting of Results:

Your results are reported just like every other labs. Your results can be faxed or electronically sent to the Medical Provider of your choice. We save you money by giving the power of an informed choice to YOU. With certain insurance companies working only with specific labs true price transparency and competition is far from happening in America. National labs with locations all over the country, like Quest Labs or Lab Corp, through their size and negotiating power have all but locked up the options for most health care consumers.

Lab Work Saved MoneyHow blood testing works at CashMedicalCare?

1. Your Doctor orders a series of blood tests on ANY blood lab request form. No matter what form you are given or where you are told to go for your blood work you have a choice. If you are paying out of pocket or have a high deductible plan you are paying for your lab work and you can choose where and who will draw and process your blood.

2. Submit your order for lab service to CashMedicalCare and we send you back an order sheet to the lab draw station with the best pricing, quality and convenience for your order.

3. Take both the CashMedicalCare lab sheet AND your Doctors order to the lab draw station for your service. Remember to come fasting if your physician orders a fasting blood draw.

4. CashMedicalCare works with fully accredited and licensed blood labs which are registered under both COLA and CAP certification agencies. Your blood will be processed and your results will be made available to your Doctor and for your records if you would like. The order sheet and your paid receipt can be sent towards your deductible to your insurance carrier if you would like.

5. Should there by any issue related to your sample quality or test results our vendor labs have agreed to stand behind their work and redraw and process your blood work to ensure you are satisfied with the lab order.

6. If you are submitting your lab invoice to your insurance company for application towards your annual deductible, it’s important that you have an ordering physician request form and a diagnostic code to justify the lab cost. Your Medical Providers office will help you with all the details of completing this form.

What should I expect when I have a lab test?

The specimen you provide might be a small amount of a body fluid, such as blood, saliva, semen, or urine, or a sample of stool or hair. Our vendors goal is to make the collection process as easy and comfortable as possible. When visiting your physician, ask what test is being performed, why the test needs to be done, what you can expect the procedure to be like, when you can expect to hear about your test results, and how the test results will affect the course of your care. Our vendors to not give medical advice they are simply the collection vendor.

Do I need to do anything special to prepare for a lab test?

For blood draws we highly recommend you drink a lot of water prior to coming into the draw facility. Your physician should provide you with written instructions for preparing for your test. Follow those instructions exactly as they are written. If you are not certain if special preparation is required, or if you have questions about the instructions you were given, contact your physicians office.

Sometimes special preparation is required to improve the accuracy of a test.

This may involve fasting (not eating any or certain foods for at least 12 hours) for several hours or even overnight. Your physician will instruct you to avoiding certain medications or vitamin and herbal supplements before the test if that is important to the result. If you are delivering a specimen to the lab, there might be special instructions for transporting the specimen. If you did not follow the test preparation instructions you received from your physician, let the staff at the specimen collection lab know about this before your specimen is collected.

What items do I need to take to the CashMedicalCare specimen collection lab?

When visiting a specimen collection lab, you should bring the following information with you: The test request form from your Doctor A current insurance identification card (Medicare, Private Insurance or HMO/PPO). This will allow our vendors to put insurance information on your invoice should you be seeking reimbursement. A photo ID (for example, a drivers license or employee identification badge)     Minors must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. If you are bringing a minor to a specimen collection lab and you are not that minor’s legal guardian, you may need to bring a notarized statement signed by a parent or legal guardian authorizing you to give permission for the collection and billing of the tests ordered by the minor’s doctor.

Who will report my test results to me?

The physician who ordered the test or a member of his or her office staff will contact you regarding your test results. If you leave instructions with the CMC Vendor to provide you a copy of the lab results they will make every effort to provide your results as soon as they are available.

How soon can I expect to receive my test results?

Depending on the complexity of the test being performed, it could take as little time as a few hours to as much as several days before your results are reported to your doctor. Some labs require cultures to be grown and some less run lab tests are batched together before they are processed.

Can I order my own tests directly from CashMedicalCare Vendors?

Yes.

My doctor provided a test request form for a different laboratory. My high deductible insurance requires I use their national lab chain. Do I need to go back to my doctor for a new test request form?

Test requests can be accepted on non-CashMedicalCare forms.  Please bring the test request form your doctor provided, along with your insurance information and identification, to the facility we send the order information to. My doctor ordered tests, but I never had the testing done.

I still have the old test order form. Can I come in and be tested or do I need to go back to my doctor for a new form?

Most test orders are valid for at least 6 months (unless your doctor has specified otherwise). If your lab testing order is more than 6 months old, please contact your doctor for a new form.

Are appointments required?

Appointments are not required. Our locations are generally busiest from opening until 10:00 AM. If fasting is not required for your test, you may wish to schedule an appointment during off-peak hours.