Why pay $248 for a Vitamin D when you can pay $50? Each lab test ordered by your medical provider tells a story. Typically a series of test will be run during your annual medical exam. These typical panels usually include: CBC, CMC, Insulin, Lipids and others. You may want to track other blood test including Vitamin D, Testosterone and other hormones among others.
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.
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 deductable 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.com 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 CMC.com 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.com 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 deductable 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 deductable, 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.
CMC’s vendors provide routine adult and pediatric specimen collections for diagnostic testing and screening. We have made arrangements to process blood and urine specimens as well as urine drug screens and stool samples as needed.
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 physician’s 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.com 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 driver’s 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.com Vendors? Yes.
My doctor provided a test request form for a different laboratory. My high deductable 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-CMC 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.
The anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) test evaluates a patient for auto-immune conditions, such as lupus, Sjögren’s syndrome, scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis.
The basic metabolic panel, (BMP) is a panel of 7 blood tests which serves as a screening and diagnostic tool for doctors. The BMP provides an important picture of a patient’s basic metabolism, including kidney function, blood glucose (sugar), sodium, potassium, and other electrolytes.
A complete blood count (CBC) is a lab test panel that gives information about the cells in a patient’s blood. The cells that circulate in the bloodstream are generally divided into three types: white blood cells (leukocytes), red blood cells (erythrocytes), and platelets (thrombocytes). Abnormally high or low counts may indicate the presence of many forms of disease, and hence blood counts are amongst the most commonly performed blood tests in medicine, as they can provide an overview of a patient’s general health status. Diseases that a CBC can help identify include infections, anemia, medication (drug) side-effects, certain bleeding disorders, and certain cancers. CRP
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a protein found in the blood, the levels of which rise in response to inflammation. It can be elevated due to infection, autoimmune disease, and certain other conditions. People who have an elevated CRP may be at increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
The comprehensive metabolic panel, (CMP) is a panel of 14 blood tests which serves as a broad screening and diagnostic tool for doctors. The CMP provides an important picture of a patient’s basic metabolism, including kidney function, liver function, blood glucose (sugar), sodium, potassium, and other electrolytes.
Folate is vitamin/nutrient necessary for the production of red blood cells. A folate level is often ordered to evaluate anemia.
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is a hormone found in humans that regulates development, growth, pubertal maturation, and reproductive processes. It is synthesized by the pituitary gland. Physician’s may order aFSH level to evaluate concerns about growth or development, menstruation, or reproduction. Glucose Tolerance
A glucose tolerance test (GTT) is a medical test in which a standard amount of glucose is given and blood samples taken afterward to determine how quickly it is cleared from the blood. The test is usually used to test for metabolic problems such as diabetes and insulin resistance.
The Hemoglobin A1c (also known as glycated hemoglobin, Hgb A1c, or HbA1c) test measures the average serum glucose over the previous three months. It is usually ordered to evaluate how well controlled your diabetes is.
Hepatitis A Screen
The Hepatitis A screen checks for exposure to or infection by Hepatitis A virus.
Hepatitis B Screen
The Hepatitis B screen checks for exposure to or infection by Hepatitis B virus.
Hepatitis C Screen
The Hepatitis C screen checks for exposure to or infection by Hepatitis C virus.
Liver Function Panel
The liver function panel (also known as hepatic function panel or liver function tests or LFTs) is a panel of lab tests that evaluates liver function. It can be used to evaluate for certain infections, gallbladder dysfunction, or problems with protein synthesis. Lipid Panel
The lipid panel is a panel of lab tests that screens for lipid abnormalities that can increase the risk for heart attack and stroke and other conditions. A lipid panel typically includes total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol.
Luteinizing hormone (LH) is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that plays a major role in menstruation, ovulation, and reproduction.
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein secreted by the prostate gland. It can be elevated in males with prostate cancer. However, use of the PSA for prostate cancer screening is very controversial, as it often leads to unnecessary tests and treatments that can result in incontinence, impotence, and even death.
The prothrombin time (PT) and the derived measure of international normalized ratio (INR) are used to determine the clotting tendency of blood, most commonly in the measuring the efficacy of the antigoagulant drug Coumadin (warfarin).
Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) refers to a lab test that screens for syphilis.
The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), also called a sedimentation rate or sed rate, is a common blood test that measures inflammation in the body.
A urinalysis (UA), is an array of tests performed on urine. It can help your doctor identify infections and other diseases of the kidney and bladder.
Thyroid function tests (TFTs), which include thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), are common blood tests to evaluate for common thyroid diseases, such as hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).
Testosterone is an anabolic steroid hormone that is the principal male sex hormone. It is found in both males and females. It plays a major role in male sexual function and well-being.
Vitamin B12 Level
Vitamin B12 a vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and for the formation of blood.