COVID-19 Testing Information | Village Emergency Center

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Covid-19 Testing Information

Test that we offer

1. Antibody Test: Yes

Antibody tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which can show if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections and usually provide protection against getting that disease again (immunity). Antibodies are disease-specific. For example, the measles antibody will protect a person who is exposed again to measles but will have no effect if the person is exposed to mumps. Depending on when someone was infected and the timing of the test, the test may not find antibodies in someone with a current COVID-19 infection. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose active COVID-19 infection.

2. Molecular test (PCR): Yes

PCR tests are performed with a nasal or oral swab. The test detects viral genetic material (RNA). It is considered to be very accurate, but takes more time. If you have symptoms, and other tests are not showing it, then you may need to consider a PCR test.

How long before I can get a result?

Antibody Test: specimen is sent out for testing; typically back in 3 business days

Molecular Test (PCR): specimen is sent out for testing; typically back in 1-2 days

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We are aware of concerns about the use of emergency rooms for emergency COVID-19 testing. We are particularly aware of the lack of available options to patients in our community for immediate and emergency COVID testing, including very long lines, and poorly controlled social distancing. Additionally, many sites do not offer rapid testing with patients sometimes waiting 8 to 11 days for their results. Such long waits can undermine the necessity of testing and render the results almost useless, or even harmful when unidentified COVID-positive patients fail to isolate appropriately.

We want to continue to be a resource to our patients for convenient, safe, and efficient emergency COVID-19 testing. We have gone to considerable expense to acquire testing machines, supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), and to bring on additional staff to meet the incredible demand for emergency COVID-19 testing.

At Village Emergency Centers, we will also continue to honor our commitment to be financially responsible in our billing and collection practices and in our relationship with the insurers who are contracted to protect our patients.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and crisis and for as long as the pandemic and crisis exist, the major health insurers have committed to cover emergency COVID-19 testing with zero cost-sharing to patients. We have administratively decided that we will match that commitment – all future emergency COVID-19 testing during the pandemic and crisis will be billed at the lowest billing level that also includes a physician visit. We feel that a physician or provider visit with each and every patient is the safest way to preserve the health and safety of our community at this time. This visit and testing will be charged to insurers as a level 2 emergency room visit, plus the cost of the COVID-19 test, even though a higher level visit is justified in most cases.

We stand with our community during this difficult time. We are ready, able, and prepared to handle any and all COVID-19 and medical emergencies. If you have any questions, please contact our front desk or our local facility administrator by calling 713-526-2320

Village Emergency Centers is an Emergency Room open 24/7 for Emergency visits. WE ARE NOT AN IN-HOUSE TESTING CENTER. We administer coronavirus tests and collect samples, but do not test in our facility. Village Emergency Centers will not issue any refunds on evaluation for testing and patient-requested testing. Regarding COVID-19 testing, we try our best to evaluate everyone that comes in but we are requesting you that you DO NOT schedule an appointment time if you have no symptoms or reason to suspect exposure to COVID-19, in order to give those that are sick the opportunity to be treated. Please visit our insurance and billing page for more information on cost and insurance coverage.

You can always come into our ERs and we will gladly assist you, but due to circumstances out of our control in the emergency room, your appointment may be rescheduled to a different time and place without adequate notice. Patients can sign up to be seen at the Emergency Room for an Emergency visit by booking an appointment online.

Why Village Emergency Centers?

Village Emergency Centers are open day and night with highly trained medical experts ready to serve your emergency needs. With no wait time, fair and transparent billing practices, and advanced medical equipment, we have everything needed to diagnose and properly treat a coronavirus infection. Check-in online or walk into one of our four Greater Houston locations in River Oaks, Jersey Village, Katy, and Clear Creek.

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