UNDERSTANDING

Proactive Genetics

Many times, we think about our health after we develop signs or symptoms. Proactive health takes that idea and flips it around—instead of waiting for problems to show up, proactive health focuses on health risk factors we may have, so we can try to stay ahead of symptoms. Some of these risk factors are genetic, and proactive genetics tries to address these. It’s a common misunderstanding to think that you can’t benefit from proactive genetics if you or your family don’t have signs of a genetic disease. This is because not all genetic conditions cause obvious symptoms in people. Some conditions may cause an increased risk to develop health problems over time.

PROACTIVE GENETICS BY THE NUMBERS

1 in 5

people who don’t have a personal
or family history of disease are still at
increased risk for a genetic disease.

1 in 6

individuals will have an actionable finding
from genetic testing of common diseases
that will change their care.

Proactive Genetics
Redefines Traditional
Health Care

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This cost does not include genetic testing. Any genetic testing will need to be paid for separately.

Traditionally, the health care system is designed to respond to problems as they come up in someone. In this, patients and their doctors work hard to respond and sort things out after they’re happening, which can result in a delayed or incorrect diagnosis. But what if we looked at things earlier to improve disease control and prevention?

Proactive genetics redefines and transforms traditional health care because it can offer information about a person’s unique genetic health risk factors earlier. This can give that person and their family health insights and new opportunities, including tailored medical recommendations to help keep them healthy.

How Does Proactive
Genetic Counseling Work?

STEP ONE

Attend an Initial Consultation

A genetic counselor will review your health history and your family’s health history. If proactive genetic testing could help, a genetic counselor can walk you through your best options, tell you about the pros and cons and help you decide if you want to proceed. A genetic counselor can also help you learn if your insurance will cover the cost of your testing.

 

STEP TWO

Genetic Testing

Depending on the test, genetic testing is usually done with a saliva sample or blood sample. On average, the amount of time it takes to test results is 3 weeks. If you need to give a saliva sample, you will be sent a collection kit that you can return directly to the testing laboratory. If you need to give a blood sample, you will be scheduled to have your blood drawn at a time and place convenient to you. The wait time for results varies, depending on the test.

 

STEP THREE

Review Results with a Genetic Counselor

Proactive test results can be complex. A genetic counselor can explain what your results mean—and don’t mean—so that you understand them and can meaningfully use the insights that you’ve learned.

 

STEP FOUR

Integration

Your genetic counselor will create a personalized action plan so that you can take advantage of what you learned and share it with your doctor. This could include adjustments to your regular health care. Your doctor is an important partner to help you maximize your proactive genetic test results and help you stay healthy.

The right preventive care at every stage of life helps all Americans stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of disease, keep diseases they already have from becoming worse or debilitating, lead productive lives and reduce costs.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The right preventive care at every stage of life helps all Americans stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of disease, keep diseases they already have from becoming worse or debilitating, lead productive lives and reduce costs.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Proactive Genetics Near Me

With Genome Medical, you can simply schedule your genetics consultation online and attend from the comfort of your own home. Secure video sessions are flexible and available to suit your schedule.

Insurance

With in-network insurance coverage, on average our patients pay $50 per visit. Genome Medical may not be covered in all cases.

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Self-Pay

We offer an affordable self-pay option for our patients who prefer to pay out-of-pocket. Pay just $179 for a genetic counseling session.

Pay just $179

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This cost does not include genetic testing. Any genetic testing will need to be paid for separately.

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Proactive Genetics on Your Terms

You don’t need to have health problems to benefit from proactively looking into your genetics—you can pursue it on your own terms. Studies suggest that 1 in 5 of us who consider ourselves “healthy” might carry risk factors for genetic diseases. You can speak to a certified genetic counselor from Genome Medical at your own convenience or your doctor can refer you for a consultation.

Here are some reasons why someone might seek proactive genetic services:

Cancer risk

CANCER RISK

An increased risk for certain cancer types, such as breast, ovarian, colon or prostate cancer, can be inherited in a family. Knowing you have an increased risk for cancer can allow your doctors to start your cancer screening earlier and more often to try and detect cancer earlier, if it develops.

Heart condition risk

HEART CONDITION RISK

An increased risk for certain heart conditions, such as heart rhythm problems (arrhythmia), heart muscle problems (cardiomyopathy) or high blood pressure and cholesterol, can be inherited in a family. Knowing you have an increased risk for a heart condition can allow your doctor or a heart specialist (cardiologist) to do special checks or screening tests to find a problem earlier, if it develops.

Proactive Genetic Testing

Proactive genetic testing is not one size fits all—it can focus on specific health conditions or it can be broader. This depends on your health, your family’s health and your preferences for learning health risk information. After considering this, your genetic counselor will work with you to discuss your best genetic testing options and help you make a decision. Most commonly, proactive genetic testing includes risk factors for some forms of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and how we might respond to certain medications.

Is Proactive Genetics Covered by Insurance?

Everyone’s health insurance plan is different. Some health plans cover some recommended preventive health services, like shots and screening, routinely or just once. Other plans cover them only when a doctor or other health care provider in your plan’s network provides the service or refers you for the service. It is recommended that you check with your insurance company about whether proactive genetic services or genetic testing is covered (they might fit into preventive services, preventive health care or proactive health). However, in our experience, this type of genetic testing will most often be an out-of-pocket expense that can range from $250 to $2,000, depending on the level of testing performed.

Trusted Genetic Specialists

Our clinical team is comprised of more than 50 clinicians, including medical geneticists, genetic counselors, primary care doctors and pharmacists who can provide medical services in all 50 states through our telehealth platform.

Meet the Team
Chief Medical Officer
Steven B. Bleyl

MD, PhD

Pediatric Lead
Alan Rope

MD

Cardio Lead
Lindsay Meyers

MS, LCGC

Reproductive Lead
Betsy Swope

MS, CGC

Cancer Lead
Scott Weissman

MS, LCGC

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Genetic Consultation

Appointments as soon as the next business day

Insurance

With in-network insurance coverage, on average our patients pay $50 per visit. Genome Medical may not be covered in all cases.

Pay $50 per Visit

START NOW
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Self-Pay

We offer an affordable self-pay option for our patients who prefer to pay out-of-pocket. Pay just $179 for a genetic counseling session.

Pay just $179

START NOW
Learn More

This cost does not include genetic testing. Any genetic testing will need to be paid for separately.