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  • Do I Need to Fast Before my Lab Test?

    Not all lab work requires fasting. However, if you are receiving a glucose or cholesterol panel, you may need to abstain from eating and drinking for 12 – 14 hours before your test. Please consult with your physician before visiting the laboratory for a more detailed pre-testing plan.

  • Can I Receive a Copy of My Results?

    You can obtain a copy of your results through our Health Information Management department. This requires you to sign an authorization release. It can take 7 – 10 days to process your request once submitted.

  • When Will my Doctor Get the Results?

    Most routine tests are performed in our laboratory, and we can typicallyhave them completed and reported to your physician within 24 - 48 hours.

  • Can I Find Out What my Lab Tests will Cost Before They Are Performed?

    Absolutely. We understand that cost is a concern for many, and we are happy to provide an estimate before any service is performed. You will be quoted our “regular fees” and our discounted “self-pay fees.”

  • Will my Insurance Cover Laboratory Tests?

    While we accept most insurance plans, coverage varies from plan to plan. We recommend contacting your insurance provider for details.

  • Should I get a copy of my records if I move?

    Not necessarily. With your consent, LVMC medical records are available to your new physician. For further information, please call our staff at 805-737-3330.

  • What if I am unable to get my own records?

    A patient’s legal representative may request records if the release is submitted with a copy of legal documents stating they are the legal representative. LVMC offers Advance Directives forms free of charge.

  • Who has access to my medical records?

    Access to all medical records are obtainable by any law enforcement agency: sheriff, coroner, FBI, local police departments, Child Protective Services (CPS), etc. in the role of their investigation. Doctors, doctor's offices, and hospitals affiliated with your care request records and often require the consent of the patient.