As we gear up for winter, wanted to get ideas from other practices on their plans for flu and COVID testing. It is that time when we look for good deals on flu test kits. My gut is that we may only need half the number from last year. Let year was our busiest flu season in ten years and then it came to an abrupt stop when quarantine kicked in and social distancing started.
I realize this will be regional dependent. Some areas have easy access to COVID testing outside of the private practice, however some have to do it in house if they want access to it. Some turn around for results is same day and in some areas it is 5-7 days.
Unfortunately to my knowledge, the quick antigen test are not where we had hoped they would be by now. Which leaves us with molecular PCR testing as the best option.
Our regional children’s hospital is making plans to have capacity to do flu and COVID test at the same time, which is great.
We are looking at the ABBOTT ID now system. I go back and forth on whether we pursue it. In our region the flu and strep testing with the system had many problems with reimbursement, barely breakeven or for some a loss.
I know our nursing staff is not excited at all with having in house testing ability for COVID, but it would be great for our patients.
So bottom line was looking for feedback from folks that have been doing molecular testing in house or plan to do this winter, also looking for feedback on thoughts for ordering flu kits and what folks expectations are for this winter and ill visits.
Crystal ball please and thank you.