Beginning January 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began requiring hospitals and health systems to post their "current, standard charges."
When a patient has the opportunity to shop for medical services, he or she should contact his or her own insurance carrier to understand which costs will be covered and which will be the patient's responsibility.
Patients should contact the hospital directly for any further details.
The price for a diagnostic laboratory test for COVID-19 at all RiverView Health locations is $140. The test for the antibody (serology test) is $60.
Please note serology tests cannot determine immunity to COVID and should not be used to determine recent infection. Serology only shows past infection.
In accordance with the January 1, 2021 Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule, hospitals must post a consumer-friendly display of standard charges for at least 300 ‘shoppable’ services, including corresponding ancillary services, if applicable, that are provided by the hospital. If a hospital does not provide 300 shoppable services, the hospital must make public the standard changes for as many shoppable services as it provides.
- Shoppable service: A service that can be scheduled by a healthcare consumer in advance.
- Such services are routinely provided in non-urgent situations that do not require immediate action or attention to the patient, thus allowing patients to price shop and schedule a service at a time that is convenient for them.
- Examples of common shoppable services include imaging and laboratory services, medical and surgical procedures, and outpatient clinic visits.