GenRISK Adult Genetics Program FAQ

 

How much will my visit cost?

Fees for your genetic consultation will vary based on how complex your case is and the amount of time you spend with the doctor. Your insurance will pay part or all of these fees in most cases. Genetic testing costs are separate. They are usually paid to a laboratory not connected with Cedars-Sinai.

 

What type of testing do you provide?

This depends on the disease that is in question, and whether there are tests for that disease. There are hundreds of different genetic tests. We will help select which, if any, would be best. Typically, DNA or biochemical testing requires a blood sample.

 

Will insurance pay for my visit and genetic testing?

In most cases, your genetic consultation and testing costs are covered by insurance. This does vary from carrier to carrier and plan to plan. You may want to check with your carrier for more details. If you are thinking of genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, the Myriad Genetics Laboratory offers a reimbursement assistance program. Their phone number is (800) 725-2722. They will answer questions about insurance pre-authorization.

 

Do I need a referral from a physician?

No, although some insurance plans including HMO's will ask for one before they pay for a consultation.

 

How should I describe my appointment when I talk to my insurance carrier?

We offer "genetic consultative services" or a genetic consultation provided by a physician. This consists of a risk assessment, diagnosis, genetic ounseling, education and, in many cases, testing.

 

Do I have to use my insurance?

No, you can pay cash (or use a credit card or check). Some patients who first pay cash later decide to ask for payment from their insurance company after completing the process.

 

What kind of information should I gather before my visit?

For appropriate and informative risk assesment we need to know what conditions have been diagnosed in your family. For living relatives, we would like to know current ages and health history. For relatives who are no longer living, we would like to know their age at death, cause of death and major health problems.

 

How long will my appointment be?

Your genetic consultation usually takes two to three hours. Other visits (such as a visit for discussion of test results) may take 30 to 60 minutes. Please note, that if you do proceed with a genetic test at your first visit, results of that test are always disclosed in person, at a follow-up appointment. We do not disclose results via telephone.

 

How soon can I be seen?

Usually we schedule appointments three to four weeks in advance. We will do it sooner if you have to make an urgent medical decision using the information from your risk assessment. The three to four week time lag lets us prepare for your appointment. We will send you a packet identifying the information we would like you to gather before your appointment with us. We may ask you and/or family members to authorize the release of medical records. Getting those records can take days or weeks.

 

How do I get to your office?

A map will be enclosed in the packet we send you after your appointment has been scheduled. There is also a map in this website with driving instructions in the Contact Us  section.

 

What are your hours?

We are open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and we see patients twice a week. Please contact us by phone to make an appointment.