Cigna Charts New Course With Requirement For Genetic Counseling Before Some Tests

The move by Cigna Corp. to require genetic counseling before selected tests are performed on its members will likely be adopted by other major carriers, reflecting not only the insurance industry’s attention to costs, but also to improving care in the highly complex field of genetic medicine, market consultants say. Beginning Sept. 16, Cigna will mandate that members considering tests to determine their risk of developing three conditions — breast cancer, colon cancer or the heart rhythm disorder Long QT syndrome — first undergo genetic counseling to gauge whether the tests are needed.

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