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Advances in the application of precision oncology have resulted in an increased demand for genetic counseling services. While the genetic counselor workforce is on the rise, disparities in access are widespread. Certain barriers to genetic counseling—from geography to business challenges— are impacting who can access, and benefit from, genetic counseling services.
In this episode, Dr. Colleen Campbell, University of Iowa Health Care, explains specific policy changes that can help ensure access across diverse patient groups–while also benefiting those hospitals and genetic counselors who provide these services.
Colleen Campbell, PhD, MS, LGC
Clinical Associate Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine;
Director, Genetic Counseling Operations, University of Iowa Health Care;
Assistant Director, Iowa Institute for Human Genetics;
Secretary/Treasurer of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)
"The proposed federal legislation is the Access to Genetic Counseling Services Act, [which will] improve patient access to genetic counseling services…[and] it’ll also improve reimbursement. This will allow genetic counselors to be reimbursed for telehealth services...it’ll help hospitals hire more genetic counselors...[and] it’ll improve patient access for telehealth services."