Testing ordering and kits

Do you have a kit for me to obtain a sample from the parents or other informative family members?

The laboratory can provide a sample collection kit if requested.

Where does testing take place?

Testing is performed in a CLIA/CAP certified clinical genetics testing laboratory at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Who decides what is relevant?

Genomic testing in the laboratory is focused on primary finding and secondary/incidental finding that is inherited in a Mendelian fashion. This determination is made by a laboratory director.

Can I stop testing once it is underway?

A test can be cancelled prior to the start of the sequencing process.  Once a sample has started the sequencing process the test cannot be cancelled.

Can a test be cancelled?

A test can be cancelled prior to the start of sequencing. Once a sample has begun the sequencing process, the test cannot be cancelled and the cost of the test will be charged. For details please contact the Children's Wisconsin Laboratory.

Can my pediatrician or PCP order the test?

Yes, however we recommend that the patient/family have genetic counseling to discuss the advantages/disadvantages of testing.

Can my pediatrician or PCP draw the blood?

Yes, however, insurance preauthorization (if appropriate) and discussion with the laboratory are essential prior to obtaining the blood sample(s).

Do you have a saliva kit?

At present DNA testing from saliva for genomic testing is not available.

Can a test be cancelled?

A test can be cancelled prior to the start of sequencing.  Once a sample has begun the sequencing process, the test cannot be cancelled and the cost of the test will be charged. For details please contact the Children's Wisconsin Laboratory.

Do you have a kit for me to obtain a sample from the parents or other informative family members?

The laboratory can provide a sample collection kit if requested.

Where does testing take place?

Testing is performed in a CLIA/CAP certified clinical genetics testing laboratory at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Who decides what is relevant?

Genomic testing in the laboratory is focused on primary finding and secondary/incidental finding that is inherited in a Mendelian fashion.  This determination is made by a laboratory director.

Can I stop testing once it is underway?

A test can be cancelled prior to the start of the sequencing process. Once a sample has started the sequencing process the test cannot be cancelled.

Can my pediatrician or PCP order the test?

Yes, however we recommend that the patient/family have genetic counseling to discuss the advantages/disadvantages of testing.

Can my pediatrician or PCP draw the blood?

Yes, however, insurance pre-authorization (if appropriate) and discussion with the laboratory are essential prior to obtaining the blood sample(s).

Do you have a saliva kit?

At present DNA testing from saliva for genomic testing is not available.

Who will pay for the test?

With appropriate preauthorization many insurance companies cover the cost of genomic sequencing. The decision to cover testing and the amount that is covered varies among insurance companies. The laboratory can work with families and insurance companies to obtain preauthorization and to determine how much of the cost of the test is covered. Although the laboratory may contact the insurance company as a courtesy, ultimately it is the patient/family's responsibility to verify testing coverage and determine any amounts that you may be responsible for paying with your insurance company.

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