To ensure optimal test utilization management working in close collaboration with pathologists, physician providers, other genetic counselors, laboratory and clinical staff and payers involved in genetic and genomic testing.
Texas Children’s Hospital and its Department of Pathology and Division of Genomic Medicine aim to ensure that the most appropriate, cost-effective testing is ordered for all patients.
The primary responsibility of the Genetic Counselor will be to evaluate genetic and genomic test orders working in close collaboration with pathologists, clinicians and genetic counselors in other institutional departments. This evaluation will involve performing patient chart reviews, assessing the clinical necessity of the test, consulting with other genetic counselors or genetic counseling services, reviewing prior-authorization from payers, selecting the most appropriate test and testing laboratory for the patient, and conveying this information to the clinicians. Additional responsibilities will include assisting the Department with the development of disease and gene-specific testing recommendations including selection of preferred testing laboratories for different indications, as well as assisting physician providers with interpretation of genetic and genomic test results.
Essential functions and duties
Choosing the best test methodology and testing laboratory
Choosing the best person in the family to test
Facilitate the selection of the optimal test
Ensuring that insurance prior authorization is in place
Assisting providers with test results interpretation
Working closely with laboratorians in genomic medicine and laboratory medicine divisions
Working closely with other genetic counselors and genetic counseling services
Education: Required: Masters' degree in Genetics Counseling
Experience: Required: Some experience in genetic counseling preferred, but not essential.
Certification/Licenses/Registration Required: Board-eligible or Board Certified as a Genetic Counselor by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
Ability to communicate complex concepts and testing information to clinicians
Ability to work with clinicians from different specialties including trainees with minimal knowledge of genetics, pathologists and laboratory staff
Some knowledge of payor policies desirable
Not normally required to supervise others.
Acts as trusted advisor, becoming involved in test selection decision making
Generally, work is done in an office environment with pleasant working There is good lighting and ventilation, it is reasonably quiet, and the work hours are reasonably regular.
Does not handle/work with biohazards or risks for potential job-related
Internal Number: 1
About Texas Children's Hospital
Texas Children's Hospital is the nation's largest children's hospital and is ranked No. 3 in U.S. News and World Report's Honor Roll of Best Children's Hospitals. Located in Texas Medical Center, the largest medical campus in the world, Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine offers exceptional opportunities for collaboration and research activities across numerous institutions in the campus.