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Sonora Quest, Getlabs partner to expand Valley access to testing with mobile sample collections

Dec 9, 2021, 4:35 AM
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PHOENIX — Sonora Quest and Getlabs announced Wednesday the companies are partnering to provide patients with access to testing wherever they are through mobile laboratory sample collections.

Residents in Phoenix and Tucson as young as 5 years old qualify for most testing that can typically be collected at a Sonora Quest patient service center, according to a press release.

Patients can send in samples to test for various health-related concerns, including COVID-19, cold agglutinin and cryoglobulin.

Some of the testing available includes employment drug screens and glucose monitoring tests that can’t be done at home, according to the website.

“Sonora Quest is dedicated to meeting our patients whenever and wherever they are in their health care journey,” Tom Leggett, business development director of Sonora Quest, said in the release.

“If that means serving them in one of our patient service centers, at their provider’s office, or in the comfort of their own home, Getlabs and Sonora Quest are there.”

Patients will be able to schedule an appointment at their own convenience online and a mobile phlebotomist will travel to the patient’s home or office to collect their samples, the release said.

Once the samples are collected, they’ll be sent to Sonora Quest to be tested and results will be forwarded to the patient’s health care provider, the release said. Patients will also have access to their results online.

Laboratory costs will be the same as if the sample were taken at a Sonora Quest patient service center and if provided the information, billing will be sent to the patient’s insurance, the release said.

The mobile collection fee will not be covered by insurance but could be reimbursed through a Flexible Spending Account or Health Spending Account.

Appointment fees for mobile phlebotomy range from $29 to $39, dependent on location, time of day and appointment type (same day or next day).

“We know managing your health on a good day can be a handful, but hopefully this collaboration makes it a little easier for Arizonans to stay healthy — especially with the holiday season upon us,” Getlabs Founder and CEO Kyle Michelson said.

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Sonora Quest, Getlabs partner to expand Valley access to testing with mobile sample collections