Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will begin offering direct
access laboratory testing
(DALT) at the Custer County Medical Center, 704 Edwards, Westcliffe, starting May 1.
Patients may order lab tests at discounted prices, from a set menu of 23
DALT tests, without a physician's order. Tests include blood chemistry
for $35, lipid panel for $25, serum pregnancy for $25, hemoglobin A1c
for $30, and glucose for $10. The full list of tests is posted online
at hrrmc.com under the Wellness U tab.
DALT is available at the Custer County Medical Center, Monday through Friday,
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome but DALT appointments may also be
scheduled by calling 719-783-2380.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with Custer County Medical Center
to provide direct access lab testing to their service area,” said
HRRMC CEO Bob Morasko.
DALT results are mailed within four days of the test date. If a patient's
results are critical results, requiring urgent medical attention by a
physician, HRRMC will immediately call the patient with the results.
HRRMC will not send DALT results to a patient's medical provider.
It is the patient's responsibility to set up an appointment to review
the test results with his or her provider.
Payment is required up front, by cash, check or credit card. Insurance
companies will not be billed, and in many cases insurance will not cover
the cost of the tests because they are not ordered by a physician.
A waiver explaining DALT specifics must be reviewed and signed prior to
the lab test. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
The laboratory results of direct access laboratory testing require additional
expert interpretation and do not substitute for medical advice, diagnosis
or treatment, which should be based on your physician's professional
judgment, his or her review of your test results, the findings of physical
examination and the review of your personal and family medical history.