There are DIFFERENT pricing models available:

  • Medicare Patients: Medicare pays for the test when done in the office setting. Patients pay their share of deductible and coinsurance.
  • PPO patients covered under Aetna, United HealthCare, HealthNet, and Anthem Blue Cross (indemnity plans) will pay $299 as their share of the cost, while we submit our usual & customary fees to the insurance provider as out-of- network and look forward to additional payment.
  • For ALL other patients, including patients without insurance (“cash pay”), and patients doing the test at HOME (“home kit”), we have made accommodations to make the test as affordable as possible. If you are an established patient and have seen our doctor, we can provide the financial details after your visit with us. Otherwise, if you are interested in a quote, please provide us with the following information:
    • Your name and date of birth
    • Shipping address
    • Your referring doctor
    • Do you plan to do the test in our office or at home?
    • Do you need a receipt to submit to your insurance for reimbursement?
  • You can purchase a breath test kit, or have it done in our office, with a prescription orderfrom a physician or other healthcare provider. Simply have your physician/provider FAX us an order on his or her prescription paper. We will provide you and your healthcare provider with the results. Counseling ought to be done by the ordering provider. You can also request a consultation with our doctor. Please see section on ANALYTICAL Services.

General Guidelines:

  • Intestinal breath testing is a simple method of evaluating the small intestine for the presence of excess bacteria.
  • Testing is based on measurement of fermentation (gas production) upon exposure of intestinal bacteria to a form of “sugar.”
  • The most common type of “sugar” used is LACTULOSE.
  • LACTULOSE is a safe nondigestible, nonabsorbable “sugar” that requires a PRESCRIPTION.
  • LACTULOSE is generally the preferred “sugar” because of extensive experience with it in the literature and because of its ability to reach the colon.
  • The second most common and yet less popular “sugar” used is DEXTROSE (a form of glucose), a part of which can be absorbable, hence less desirable. SIBO testing with DEXTROSE may be ideal for SIBO in the very beginning of the small bowel. However, the test is less sensitive for distal small bowel SIBO.
  • Other types of sugar that are much less commonly used are FRUCTOSE AND SUCROSE.
  • Our SIBO testing includes measurement of Hydrogen, Methane and CO2 gasses. The latter is needed for quality control of the samples.
  • Our physician has extensive experience in SIBO testing and provides an INTERPRETATION with the report.
  • The test performance, including sample collection, analysis of the gasses, interpretation, and report preparation by a physician, generally takes about three hours. We use the state-of- the-art QuinTron analyzer.
  • Unless otherwise stated/requested, we use LACTULOSE as the preferred substrate for SIBO testing.