VIP Dx has available for purchase the WPI licensed serology test that detects antibodies to Human Gamma Retroviruses. These include XMRV & other human MLV-related viruses. At the end of August, the VIP Dx website said they were receiving a high number of phone calls. I’m sure a lot of ME/CFS patients are calling and asking a ton of questions before they spend their money to purchase the test kit. Customer service requests that you either leave a voicemail (775-351-1890 or 775-682-8510) or send your questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right now VIP Dx is only accepting samples from the United States and Canada, so if you are outside of the U.S. or Canada, they ask that you send them an email first.
To order the test kit, you must pay $65 and use the Kit Order Form. Instructions from VIP Dx.com:
All supplies and instructions are in the test kit. Your physician will need to order the tests, sign the requisition and provide a diagnosis code so that we can send you a proper statement of services and fees that you can submit to your insurance company.
All tubes in your kit must be filled and shipped room temperature by FedEx Priority Overnight. The clinical pack envelope and FedEx air bill are provided in the test kit. Refer to the specimen guidelines in the right column of the test requisition for proper blood draw for each test requested.
NOTE: Kits are universal. One test kit can include several different tubes for several different tests. Some tubes may be used for more than one test. For example: 1 SS and 1 Lav are good for a Cytokine Profile and an Immunobilan test. There are enough tubes in this kit to fit any combination of testing. If any questions, please call Lab at (775) 351-1890.
No special preparation is required for specimens; ship specimens at ambient (room) temperature. Specimens must be received within 24 hours for proper analysis. Collection and shipping instructions are included in each kit along with all required specimen tubes.
VIP Dx is a fee-for-service specialty clinical laboratory. Fees are due at the time of service. VIP Dx will continue to provide patients with a complete statement and paid invoice including all ICD and CPT codes so that they can seek reimbursement from their own insurance company.
VIP Dx will bill Medicare as long as the patient provides a valid copy of their Medicare card and any supplemental insurance. The patient must sign the ABN (Advanced Beneficiary Notice) included in their test kit. Medicare patients will be responsible for any fees not covered by Medicare and supplemental insurance. Kit fees are not reimbursed by Medicare.
I haven’t received an email back yet to find out the total cost of the blood test for those who don’t have insurance or if insurances won’t cover the test.