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Cigna to require counseling prior to some genetic tests
Modern Healthcare

The health insurer Cigna Corp. will begin requiring patients who are at risk for breast cancer, colorectal cancer syndromes or Long QT syndrome and are considering genetic testing to first receive genetic counseling, in an effort to reduce inappropriate utilization of genetic tests.

By first requiring genetic counseling, which is much less expensive than some genetic tests, Cigna said it hopes to reduce inappropriate utilization and limit some of the anxiety and physical harm that can sometimes occur when a patient receives a genetic test that is not appropriate.