Is the Veramarx Lyme disease test covered by health insurance?

  Veramarx is covered by most health care insurances and is reimbursed using existing CPT codes.  

 

What kind of test is Veramarx?

  Veramarx is a traditional blood test that requires a blood draw at your doctor's office or lab.  The test measures a "Lyme disease signature" of 10 distinct inflammatory bio-markers specific to Lyme disease that occur immediately after infection.

 

What is the common treatment?

  Three-weeks of an antibiotic called Doxycycline is the common treatment for adults.  A different antibiotic is often recommended for children.  Consult your doctor for treatment.

 

How do I order the Veramarx test?

  Ask your doctor to order the test through Veramarx.

 

What is the Sensitivity of a diagnostic?

  In medical diagnosis, test sensitivity is the ability of a test to correctly identify those with the disease (true positive rate).

 

What is a True Negative?

In medical diagnosis, a True Negative result means the person does not have the disease or there is almost no chance the person is positive.

 

What is the Negative Predictive Value (NPV) or Rule-Out of a diagnostic?

Negative predictive value is the probability that subjects with a negative screening test truly don't have the disease.

 

What is the Accuracy of a diagnostic?

Diagnostic accuracy relates to the ability of a test to discriminate between the target condition and health. 

 

What is the Specificity of a diagnostic?

In medical diagnosis, test specificity is the ability of the test to correctly identify those without the disease (true negative rate).

 

Why is diagnosing Lyme disease early important?

Studies show that the earlier after infection a patient is diagnosed with Lyme disease the more effective the treatment is.  The effectiveness of treatment depends on an individual's immune system response and is generally expected to be 6 to 8 weeks post infection.  If the disease is not caught during this limited time, then it may become the chronic form of the disease which can be debilitating for the life of the patient.

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