IN OFFICE NP SWAB COLLECTION AND SUBMISSION
CHLA accepts samples for Covid-19 lab testing from Care Network practices. Click here for the full document. Criteria for testing are the same as for drive through testing.
Testing criteria have been developed with Infectious Disease faculty and the Infection Control and Prevention team at CHLA.
Asymptomatic patients should be tested if they are medically fragile (e.g. severe asthma, congenital immunodeficiency, poorly controlled asthma that leads to frequent urgent care or ED visits) AND have been exposed to someone in their household who has tested positive
Symptomatic patients (URI, fever, feeling ill, diarrhea) should be tested if test results would have implications for clinical management. Testing is indicated if they meet one of the following:
Patient has unrelated developing illness that would likely lead to hospital admission in the next week
Patient is medically fragile (e.g. severe asthma, congenital immunodeficiency, poorly controlled asthma that leads to frequent urgent care or ED visits)
Patient lives or spends substantial time with a medically fragile individual whereby testing positive would lead to a change in social distancing or living arrangements
ORDERING TESTING KITS
CHLA offers UTM NP test kits to Care Network practices that will be collecting and sending specimens to any of the CHLA testing facilities. The CHLA Laboratory can only grant up to 10 test kits per practice. When requesting, please be sure to complete the “Supply Request Form – COVID-19 Testing” and fax the form to 323-361-6157. Once the form is received and processed, supplies get delivered within 2 business days of the request.
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SPECIMEN COLLECTION GUIDELINES
All of the tubes, with the exception of E-swabs, are currently acceptable by CHLA. Click here for the full list.
All specimens collected at a Care Network practice should be collected directly into a Universal Transport Media (UTM) container and each specimen must be labeled with two patient identifiers: patient name and date of birth, and ideally, collector's initials.
87635 novel coronavirus tests through infectious agent detection by nucleic acid.
For more information on CDC ICD COVID-19 guidelines, please click here.
Please note that with the early release of these CPT codes, the health plans need to manually upload these code descriptors into their claims system and fee schedules. This delay may result in processing errors. If you experience claim errors, please reach out to Anahit Petrosyan at email@example.com.