UnitedHealthcare Clamping Down on Expanded Carrier Screening, Genetic Counselors, Testing Firms Say
Like most major payors, UHC has long deemed expanded screening medically unnecessary, but some providers say it has enforced this policy more strictly as of late.
Whole-Genome Sequencing Can Help Diagnose Adults With Rare Disease, Study Presented at NSGC Finds
Using Undiagnosed Diseases Network data, researchers found that whole-genome sequencing leads to diagnoses, even among adults who previously underwent exome analysis.
Parent-Initiated Genetic Testing of Newborns Yields Clinical Diagnoses, Fulgent Team Finds
Most diagnoses made through such testing would not have been caught by typical screens, researchers reported at the National Society of Genetic Counselors annual meeting.
Most Genetic Counselors Encounter Discrepant Variant Classifications, Must Work Out Interpretations
While neither common nor rare, discrepant variant classification can affect the management of patient care, and there are efforts to improve interpretations.
Alternative Genetic Counseling Approach Leads to Higher Patient Satisfaction, Study Suggests
A randomized controlled study presented at the NSGC annual meeting looked at whether the ARIA approach could improve recall, understanding, and satisfaction.