Genetic counselors help you navigate the evolving nature of genetic testing and gene mutations to ensure your patients can make informed testing and screening decisions.
Intermountain's highly-skilled and certified genetic counselors specialize in cancer, prenatal, and cardiology genetic counseling services.
What can a patient expect during a genetic counseling session?
At the initial genetic counseling visit:
- Pedigree chart and personal history
- Risk assessment and explanation of risk
- Discussion of testing and management options, if appropriate
If the patient decides to pursue testing, the genetic counselor will:
- Coordinate insurance preauthorization if necessary
- Coordinate test ordering and specimen collection to be sent to testing lab
At the follow-up visit
- Follow up regarding test results, informing both the patient and referring provider of the results
- Meet with the patient to discuss results, management, and facilitation of family member testing
- Assist patients in reaching out to at-risk family members who may benefit from genetic testing
Billing and Insurance Information
Genetic counseling is a billable service covered by most major insurance plans. However, we encourage patients and providers to contact their insurance company before an appointment to ask if the genetic counseling visit is covered and that the facility is in-network with their plan.
If you have any questions, or would like assistance, please call our customer service representatives at (435) 251-5780.
If the patient decides to pursue a genetic test, the genetic counselor can provide an estimated out-of-pocket cost to the patient prior to testing.
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination
The discovery of genetic disease risk can affect insurance coverage. Patients are protected from genetic discrimination in health insurance and employment, but not all types of insurance are protected.
For more information on how the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), protects patients from genetic discrimination in health insurance and employment, visit ginahelp.org.
Patient Qualifiers and How to Refer