Hydrogen Breath Test (HBT) Physician Frequently Asked Questions

How can I order kits for the breath tests offered by Commonwealth Laboratories?

Where will my patients take the test?

How are the kits returned to Commonwealth Laboratories?

What is the turnaround time for results?

How is insurance billing handled?

Do patients need a pre-authorization before taking the test?

For which insurers is Commonwealth Laboratories a participating provider?

What if the patient doesn’t have medical insurance?

How can I order kits for the breath tests offered by Commonwealth Laboratories?

The kits are provided at no cost to physicians and other health care providers. Of our more than 500 customers, many take advantage of our automatic ship program, based on average monthly usage.

Where will my patients take the test?

Patients will take the test in their homes. Simply have them leave your office with one of our consigned test kits. Your office will fill out the one page patient lab requisition form and send in via our HIPPA compliant e-fax line. Commonwealth Laboratories will do the rest.

How are the kits returned to Commonwealth Laboratories?

We provide a pre-paid, pre-addressed UPS shipping label in each kit.

What is the turnaround time for breath test results?

When the kit arrives at our laboratory, it will be analyzed within 24 hours. Results will be sent via secure fax to your office, or set up and account and receive them via our HIPPA compliant web based reporting system..

How is insurance billing handled?

We will bill the medical insurance provider indicated on the patient’s information/demographic sheet. Medicare, Medicaid and most medical insurance providers cover the cost of the breath test.

Do patients need a pre-authorization before taking the test?

This depends on the patient’s health plan. Even within the same medical health insurance company, some plans require pre-authorization and others do not. It is best for the patient to contact the appropriate health insurance representative to inquire about pre-authorization. As this is a specialty test performed by very few laboratories, most insurers have no in-network laboratory that provides this testing. This may need to be an out-of network pre-authorization referral. If there is a pre-authorization number, please ask the patient to write it on the information form he/she will be sending to us with the breath samples.

What if the patient doesn’t have medical insurance?

If your patient has no medical insurance, ask him/her to call our office for information. We work with patients individually to determine a payment plan that will be appropriate.

Questions? Contact us!