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Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is often helpful in determining whether a patient is predisposed to a medical condition.

However, as with any test, either the patient or his/her insurance company must pay for the test. The cost of the test varies depending on the amount of work involved and on the fee schedule of the laboratory.

Do not take it for granted that because a physician ordered the test and it is a blood test that the insurance company will pay for it.

Many insurance companies consider certain genetic tests as “experimental” and therefore do not pay for the test.

Even if they do, some laboratories refuse to accept the fee schedule of the insurance company, and will ask the patient to first pay up front, then submit their claim to his/her insurance company for personal reimbursement.

Therefore, before having a test done, we strongly suggest you check with both the insurance company and the laboratory as to:

  • the complete charge for the test and
  • whether the insurance company will reimburse you, pay the lab directly, or neither.

Genetic testing can be performed by mail. Consult with your doctor.

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Codes for Genetic Testing
CPT Codes for Genetic Testing

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Codes codes are numbers assigned to every task and service a medical practitioner may provide to a patient including medical, surgical and diagnostic services. These are the codes used to describe Genetic Testing.

Diagnostic MH Mutations
Diagnostic MH Mutations

European MH Group (EMHG) provides a list of Diagnostic MH Mutations. 

Genetic Testing Centers
Genetic Testing Centers

List of known Genetic Testing centers.

see also

Patient's Guide for Malignant Hyperthermia
Patient's Guide for Malignant Hyperthermia

Patient source book that covers the following topics:

  • What is malignant hyperthermia;
  • Questions before anesthesia;
  • Testing;
  • Frequently asked questions;
  • ID Tags; and
  • Sample letters to family, medical facilities, and insurance companies.
FAQs: Molecular Genetics
FAQs: Molecular Genetics

A frequently asked questions category

Testing Options for Malignant Hyperthermia (6:31)
Testing Options for Malignant Hyperthermia

Listen to Deanna Steele, Genetic Counselor, share details of the genetics involved in Malignant Hyperthermia. 

Total runtime: 6m 31s

SAMPLE LETTER: Information about MH genetic testing for insurance company
SAMPLE LETTER: Information about MH genetic testing for insurance company

Use to aid discussions about Malignant Hyperthermia with insurance companies. PDF format.

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scientific understanding of MH and related disorders.