Join fellow healthcare providers in ensuring patient access to genetic tests

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Help us advocate for greater access to genetic screening for patients and doctors. We will share this with health plans so that your voice can be heard.

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New policies adopted by some health plans are creating increased barriers to patient access to genetic screening services for women and their families. These new policies include pre-test genetic counseling requirements and prior authorizations for outpatient genetic and molecular lab tests, including preconception and prenatal genetic tests. In January 2018, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) published a position statement opposing these new restrictions and their impact to women and their families, stating:

Ordering of genetic testing should not be restricted by a requirement for pre-testing genetic counseling by a separate provider. ACOG opposes changes in pre-authorization policies and procedures that shift burdens to physician practices while potentially impeding women from undergoing timely indicated genetic testing.” Additionally, ACOG is “deeply concerned that these initiatives will prevent women from receiving needed care.

Furthermore, in March 2018, the American Medical Association (AMA) published results of a 1,000-physician survey indicating that “more than nine in 10 physicians (92 percent) say that prior authorizations programs have a negative impact on patient clinical outcomes.

Please join us in supporting ACOG’s position and alerting health plans that women and their families deserve unhindered access to their important genetic information.

Help spread the word

Counsyl is dedicated to providing continued access to preventive services such as genetic screening and endorses ACOG’s position. Counsyl is providing doctors with this platform to join in advocating that health insurers align medical policy with ACOG’s position. Join us in this initiative to bring greater access to genetic screening for patients and doctors.


About Counsyl

Counsyl was founded in 2007. Whether it’s starting a family or evaluating one’s risk for cancer, Counsyl’s genetic screens provide patients in the United States with actionable information about a range of genetic conditions so they can make critical and timely health decisions. Counsyl has performed more than one million genetic screens, continues to serve thousands of healthcare providers and has provided more than 75,000 genetic counseling sessions.

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