Thanks for the bumps, Ivy!!!
Yes, to the best of my knowledge, Genova is still the only lab in the USA doing the fecal calprotectin test as developed by Magne Fagerhol, etc.
Genova bills $140 or $149 to Medicare and Mediare has been paying for it as it is some form of ELISA assay and is billed under that code. I don't remember looking to see what Medicare actually pays for it nor what my secondary insurance pays but I think Genova accepts just the Medicare reimbursement.
I usually get a form from Genova stating it is NOT bill but stating the amount billed about
the same day my gastro gets the FAXed results.
Now, I understand some doctors give you the kit and have you bring the results back to them for shipping in which case the billing may be different.
My gastro gives me the signed order/script
and the entire kit w/packaging for pre-paid shipping, etc. and I do the collection, call DHL and have it picked up and shipped. She only "kicks loose" w/ONE kit at a time.
Now, I "have" heard of doctors who handle it all themselves - and charge extra for the "handling". That's a crock and NOT what Magne had in mind when they were developing the test. What they had hoped for, but FDA wasn't going along w/it, was a home test kit. The patient could have several kits at home and submit the sample when they felt it was necessary. They didn't anticipate the need for a script
nor insurance involvement since they aren't in the USA.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.