COVID-19 Testing Has Moved
Now at 1111 W Diversey Pkwy
Now Offering FREE COVID-19 Care to Uninsured Patients
We accept most insurance plans (PPOs, Medicare, and the Advocate hospital system HMO) and provide FREE care to uninsured patients under the CARES Act.
If you have Medicaid, or an insurance we do not accept, you may self-pay $250 for the examination and COVID-19 test.
An appointment is required for COVID-19 testing. Walk-ins are not accepted due to capacity issues. Please check our website at 8:00am for same day appointments. We open up over 100 appointments per morning at 8:00am.
COVID-19 tests identify if the novel coronavirus is active in your body (through a throat or nose swab).
All patients will be evaluated at our outdoor medical tent before testing is completed. If you are currently experiencing symptoms, or have had symptoms of illness in the last 14 days, we will test you for the COVID-19 virus. If you are well, and have not had any symptoms in the last 14 days, you are eligible for the COVID-19 antibody test.
We accept most insurance plans (PPOs, Medicare, and the Advocate hospital system HMO). If you have Medicaid, or an insurance we do not accept, you may self-pay $250 for the examination and COVID-19 test.
Innovative Express Care now offers the Rapid COVID-19 Test (Sofia SARS-CoV-2 antigen FIA by Quidel). This test is read same-day, so you’ll have your results within about four hours, or by the next morning if tested in the evening.
Please note, a COVID-19 swab lab-sent test is required along with your Rapid COVID-19 test to ensure accuracy. The swab will be sent to a Northwestern lab, and results will be available in approximately 6-7 days. (Previously, 4-5 days but due to a nationwide issue backed up to 6-7 days).
The Rapid COVID-19 test is not covered by insurance, so a fee of $150 will be charged for the rapid test at the time of service.
The COVID-19 antibody blood test looks for IgG antibodies in the blood to determine if your body has already responded to the novel coronavirus or if you have not developed antibodies (you have a higher risk of getting the virus if you do not have antibodies).
COVID-19 Workplace Testing
Does your workplace need COVID-19 testing for all employees? Innovative Express Care can help.
Our clinic offers COVID-19 swab testing (for the active virus) as well as COVID-19 antibody testing to determine if someone has previously had the virus.
Innovative Express Care clinicians will travel to your organization for testing. This service is often used by nursing homes, assisted living facilities and businesses such as manufacturing plants, who need to ensure that everyone on-site is healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions (Updated)
The swab test we use to test for the virus is called Hologic SARS CoV-2 assay on the Panther. This is a PCR test, which is the best available. We send to Northwestern’s lab, HealthLab, to ensure the highest quality results. For more information about the test, click here. For a patient friendly information sheet, click here. Average test results are typically available within 6-7 days. (Previously, 4-5 days but due to a nationwide issue backed up to 6-7 days)
If you request the rapid test for COVID-19, we will do this, however, we will also send another swab out to our lab for additional confirmation. Because this virus is so new, all rapid tests are not as accurate as our lab sent PCR tests, so we want to ensure that you get an accurate result. We use the Sofia SARS-CoV-2 antigen FIA by Quidel test. This tests for the presence of the COVID-19 RNA. We usually do nasopharyngeal swab to detect this (although we can also do oropharyngeal, as well). From the manufactures’ data, the accuracy of this test is excellent, with the small samples that they published stating the agreement to the PCR test is 100%. Because quality is our #1 priority, we still will send off a 2nd confirmation test to the lab There is no additional charge for this.
The Rapid COVID-19 test is not covered by insurance, so a fee of $150 will be charged for the rapid test at the time of service. We send off both a rapid swab and a lab swab because we feel the best test is the lab swab that we send to the lab. We do feel the rapid swab is a good test, however it is not as good as the lab test. We send both, this is why we charge $150 for the rapid. The rapid is optional. We usually get the lab test back in 4-5 days, and the rapid will be given to by 8 PM on the same day (we will text you with the results).
Innovative Express Care accepts most insurance plans (PPOs, Medicare, and the Advocate hospital system HMO). If you do not have medical insurance, you may receive the COVID-19 virus swab test FREE under the (CARES) Act. Patients who have an insurance plan we do not accept, such as Medicaid, may self-pay $250 for the examination and COVID-19 test. If you want a rapid test, it is an additional $150.
We using Abbott’s SARS-CoV-2 IgG test.
This test has been authorized for Emergency Usage by the FDA.*
We feel it is very reliable. Per the manufacture, it has a sensitivity of 100% and a specificity of 97%. You have to realize that this is a brand new test, but Innovative Express Care chose this test because it is made by one of the largest lab makers in the world. This lab machine is run and operated by Northwestern, one of the best health systems in the country.
Innovative Express Care charges your insurance for the visit. We submit 99204 or 99203 for your provider visit. Quest Diagnostics Lab submits the code 86328. The diagnosis code is: Z03.818.
Patients who are uninsured may receive care under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides COVID-19 care at no cost to the individual.
A COVID-19 antibody blood test looks for IgG antibodies in the blood to determine if your body has already responded to the virus. A COVID-19 antibody test is done by a blood draw.
If you think you might have been exposed to the COVID-19, see our COVID-19 experts by making an appointment here. This is the best way to get the testing you may need, including testing for COVID-19, influenza, strep throat, or mono at Innovative Express Care. You may also walk-in to be tested.
If you are concerned you may have or have had COVID-19, please schedule a COVID-19 test or COVID-19 antibody test with one of our providers. The primary symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath and respiratory symptoms. In some cases, patients also experience loss of taste/smell and GI symptoms. Patients with underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of complications from COVID-19.
Average incubation 5-6 days (range 1-14)
From onset to max illness – usually about a week.
Recovery is about 2 weeks for mild to moderate disease but 3-6 weeks for severe disease.
It is a risk for more severe disease. Specific details for each illness are not currently available. It is still relatively rare and developing. Pregnant women do not appear to be at higher risk for severe disease.