Most mobile phlebotomy clinical laboratory service providers are not certified or licensed. This means they do not need to adhere to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and California State Lab Field Service (LFS) clinical lab regulations. Acorn Laboratory is both CLIA certified and licensed by California. Therefore, we are held to a higher regulatory standard which allows us to offer both specimen collection and on-site testing. In addition, patients may request Spanish or Chinese speaking translators during the collection process.
Payment is due at the time of scheduling. We accept credit, debit, or Zelle in advance. If a cancellation is necessary, our policy requires notifying us at least 48 hours prior to your appointment in order to qualify for a refund. Please contact us for on-site payment options.
For home collection services, please contact your health insurance for more information. Generally speaking, insurance companies do not provide coverage for in-home collection services because it is considered a concierge service.
You may qualify for reimbursement from Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) under “laboratory fee.” Contact your program administrator for more information regarding eligibility.
Acorn Laboratory services the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. We provide after hour services on weekends and holidays. Feel free to call, text, or email us for availability.
Services included: phlebotomy (blood draw for clinical/medical and research), buccal swab (DNA/Genetic testing), COVID-19 (Nasal/Saliva), and specialty test kit collection (HLA typing for transplant, cancer screening, autologous eye drops, and direct to consumer test kit)
Clinical research/trial: provide non-diagnostics testing specimen collection including phlebotomy, swabbing, and finger stick dried blood spot collection. We have licensed Clinical Lab Scientists that meet the special clinical trial requirements for handling and processing.
Mobile specimen collection: $75 per visit (blood, swab, and test kit)
Dry Ice for minus 70 degree C for frozen shipping: $50
FedEx/UPS package drop off: $10
Centrifugation and specimen aliquoting: $10
Specimen transport: provides urgent couriers for irreplaceable samples. We specialize in handling various critical samples including muscle biopsy, bone marrow, and therapeutic drug monitoring. Our couriers are trained medical professionals who understand the importance of delivering these samples on time and to the right location.
Mileage costs for urgent courier service is $5 per mile, which is all-inclusive. There is no pickup or drop off fee. However, if the location requires paid parking, the cost of parking will be added upon completion of the trip.
Acorn Laboratory is licensed by CLIA and CDPH to perform COVID-19 testing at temporary locations. We offer mobile services and on-site lab testing services. Our on-site test menu includes COVID-19 PCR, antigen, and antibody testing. All test kits used are approved for use under FDA EUA (Emergency Use Authorization). For PCR and antigen testing, you may either self-collect or our staff can collect the anterior nasal swab. The swab collection method is non-invasive. The swab enters the nostril no more than ¾ of an inch (1.5 cm). We do not collect nasopharyngeal swabs, which can enter the nostril up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) or until there is resistance in the nasal cavity.
COVID Molecular PCR: $275 (≈30 mins)
COVID Antigen: $80 (≈15 mins)
COVID Antibody (IgG and IgM): $80 (≈15mins)
Navigating testing requirements for international travel can be challenging due to frequent changes to regulations and requirements, therefore we recommend checking with the airline and traveling agency prior to departure for the most to date requirements. Both the COVID molecular (PCR) and antigen test we offer meet the CDC International travel requirement.
CDC international travel guidelines
No, we are currently on the waiting list for the Hawaii trusted partner program.
We offer Accula PCR testing which is considered the gold-standard for molecular testing. Its accuracy is comparable or better than the standard lab-based PCR. Additional information can be found here
We offer Abbott BinaxNOW COVID antigen testing which has one of the lowest limits of detection (LoD) among all FDA EUA antigen kits.
Following CDC recommendations, the COVID-19 antibody test is currently not recommended to determine immunity to COVID-19 following vaccination. This test also should not be used to decide if you need to be vaccinated.
No, the antibody test cannot be used to diagnose a current infection. Antigen and molecular tests should be used instead.
Regarding COVID tests, a detailed receipt will be provided to you for insurance reimbursement claims. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, insurance companies are required to reimburse you for the cost of testing if testing is medically necessary. COVID testing for travel, entertainment, or back to school/work may not be eligible for reimbursement. Contact your health insurance for details about eligibility and forms required for reimbursement.
If you are uninsured, we can file a claim on your behalf through the Federal HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program for testing that is medically necessary. No costs will be incurred if your claim is approved.
Our staff has been vaccinated for COVID, are regularly tested for COVID, and utilize proper personal protective equipment such as gloves, face shield, lab coat, and surgical mask.