Although some study participants will be required to test before coming to ACTRI for their procedures, ACTRI does not offer Covid testing services at this time. Testing will need to be obtained through UCSD Health System or by the rapid test on-site provided by the study team. If the PI on the study is an MD with privileges at UCSD, they can order the test through Epic and the participant or coordinator can call 619-543-8260 to schedule their test after it has been ordered. However, that will be billed to the research patient and the study team needs to make arrangements with Clinical Research Billing to remove those charges and apply them to the study.
The test needs to be completed 48 hours prior to their visit date. We are also accepting rapid tests provided by the study team tested on-site with proof provided to clinic staff. If your study participant is having a procedure that requires a test and a test cannot be obtained, we will not be able to see them in the clinic at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When and how do I order a COVID-19 test for my research participants?
To be consistent with UC San Diego Health, refer to UC San Diego Health Testing Guidelines (PDF). Some research units might have additional requirements.
2. If a COVID-19 test is ordered in Epic, how do I ensure my research participants will not be billed for the cost of the test? Your study will require a research account and your participants will need to be registered to an active calendar in Velos. If your study is currently in Velos, you can add a COVID-19 test to your calendar as an unscheduled event. For instructions on how to add an unscheduled event, current Velos users can refer to page 30 of the Velos User Manual. If your study does not have a research account or calendar in Velos, you can request access to Velos.
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