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Laboratory Services

The Student Health Service (SHS) performs a limited number of laboratory tests onsite. We also contract with a full-service laboratory (LabCorp) so that your blood or other specimens can be collected at SHS.

Submitting Tests

  • Students with the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan: If your laboratory tests are sent to our reference laboratory from SHS, that expense is covered by the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan.
  • Students with alternate insurance coverage: If you have waived the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan because you have alternate coverage and you wish to have SHS send your laboratory tests to our reference laboratory, we can submit your insurance information to our reference laboratory, LabCorp, and they can bill your insurance. Please check to see if LabCorp is in-network with your plan. If it is out of network, you will be responsible for all associated charges. If you do not wish to provide your insurance information, you will be required to pay the cost of the laboratory tests at the time of service and then seek reimbursement from your own insurance plan. These will be considered out of network charges, and will be reimbursed according to your out of network benefits. We will give you the necessary paperwork to submit to your insurance company. You will be asked to sign paperwork prior to tests being sent stating that you are aware of the out of network charges. Alternatively, we can refer you to another laboratory who can submit bills directly to your insurance company. You can check with your insurance company for an in-network facility.
  • We can send laboratory tests requested by an outside clinician from SHS if you bring a signed prescription requesting the tests with the appropriate diagnosis codes.
  • If you believe you need laboratory testing, you will need to make an appointment with one of the clinicians for the appropriate evaluation prior to presenting for laboratory testing.

Notification of Test Results

Once SHS receives your laboratory or radiology results, the ordering clinician will contact you via secure messaging. Please check the online portal for the message and links to the results where applicable.

Please contact SHS if you continue to have health concerns.