H.R. 3235 takes a measured approach to modernize Medicare to catch up with the innovation of genetics and genomic medicine.
The bill would improve the ability of other practitioners, such as physicians, to refer patients for genetic counseling to genetic counselors under Medicare Part B, provide reimbursement to genetic counselors at 85% of the physician fee schedule amount, and ensure that other practitioners that currently provide the service can continue to do so if the activities are within their scope of practice.
Genetic counselors are board-certified health care providers and should be recognized as such by the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This recognition will result in: