Maximizing efficient, high quality COVID-19 screenings
Refer patients to www.empireblue.com/ny to find convenient testing locations
If an Empire member requests a COVID-19 test, you may refer them to Empire to find a testing location near them. Our test-site finder gives members important information about each site, including days and hours of operation, and if they offer
- Appointment or walk-in
- Drive through service
- Rapid test results
- Antibody testing
- Testing for children
Consider Antigen testing as an option when rapid results are needed
Antigen tests can be a quicker way to detect COVID-19 than nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT), (for example, PCR). Antigen tests offer a reasonable and lower cost alternative when screening asymptomatic or low-risk patients and may be most useful for individuals within the first five to seven days of symptoms when virus replication is at its highest.
Send swab tests to Empire-contracted laboratories
When providing COVID-19 molecular testing services to our members, consider utilizing the following additional in-network, high-quality labs to assist in helping to ensure that our members are receiving high-value healthcare.
May 2021 Newsletter