Albertsons to offer at-home COVID-19 test kits

Partnership with Phosphorous will make simple saliva tests available beginning this month


Michael Browne, Supermarket News

Sep 09, 2020


Albertsons Companies, the Boise, Idaho-based operator of more than 2,200 retail stores (including 1,726 pharmacies), announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with New York-based Phosphorus to begin offering at-home COVID-19 test kits in select market areas, with plans to expand the offering throughout September and October.


The saliva tests typically return results in 72 hours or less from the time the lab receives the test. Albertsons piloted the test kits in the Houston, Austin, and Boise markets and saw rapid adoption from patients.


“Customers appreciate the convenience and innovation of taking the test from their own home,” said Dan Salemi, group vice president, Albertsons Cos. Pharmacy. “The saliva test is easy to use and comfortable. Patients are never more than a phone call away from our pharmacy’s guidance and care. And the at-home model can help ease the burden on a stressed health care system.”


The process for obtaining a test is simple. From their home, patients complete a short online questionnaire at that is reviewed by a local Albertsons pharmacist. The patient is then contacted by the pharmacy to schedule a pickup or delivery. Patients showing symptoms should not pick up their own test; they must send a representative or choose delivery.


The patient completes the saliva sample collection and sends it to the lab via the kit’s prepaid next-day shipping envelope. The results are delivered by email or text, typically within 72 hours or less from the time the lab receives the test.


Currently, the pharmacy cannot bill insurance directly for the test; all payment is out of pocket. Patients may be able to submit their receipt to insurance for reimbursement...