Genetic counseling is a type of healthcare performed by a genetic counselor, a healthcare provider with training in genetics and counseling. The role of a genetic counselor is to evaluate the risk of a hereditary, or genetic, condition in a family and provide information and support to those affected by or at risk for a genetic disorder. In addition, they often discuss the option of genetic testing and help patients determine what testing option is right for them. Genetic counseling appointments may be covered by insurance but you may have an out of pocket cost for the appointment if you have an unmet deductible or there is a co-pay.
Genome Medical provides genetic counseling sessions for a variety of indications. These may include a personal or family history of cancer, neurologic or cardiac conditions, preconception or prenatal testing, a pediatric patient with a concern for an underlying syndrome, individuals interested in proactive/healthy screening, an individual wanting or recommended to undergo pharmacogenetic testing, or a personal or family history of other genetic conditions. Genome Medical is not a genetic testing laboratory but rather a medical practice which may recommend and/or order tests from various laboratories depending on a patient’s unique medical history.
For more information on Genome Medical’s specific billing policy, visit https://www.genomemedical.com/payment-options-for-a-genetic-counseling-session/.
Genetic testing is a type of medical test that can identify changes, also called variants, in your DNA. It is done by qualified laboratories and is ordered by a healthcare provider. Examples of genetic testing laboratories include Ambry, Invitae, PreventionGenetics, and Myriad.
The costs of genetic testing are not included in a genetic counseling appointment. Once a genetic testing laboratory receives the order, they will bill your insurance provider. Many insurance companies cover the costs of genetic testing, especially if you meet their criteria for genetic testing. However, as with genetic counseling, you may have out-of-pocket expenses if you have not met your deductible or if there is a co-pay.