At NorthShore, we’re providing advanced primary care, integrating genetics as part of each patient’s care plan. Our primary care physicians have access to the most advanced genetic screenings, using patients’ own DNA to identify risk factors and detect diseases at their earliest, most treatable stages. From annual physicals to addressing a serious challenge, we work with you to personalize your care. That’s smarter healthcare.
Prior to your annual physical, you may be asked to complete the Genetic and Wellness Assessment. This questionnaire asks you about your personal or family history of certain medical conditions. Based on your responses, your physician may recommend a referral to one of our Personalized Medicine clinics or recommend you have certain lab tests performed in order to find out additional information related your DNA. This information would then be used to create a customized care and treatment plan based on your unique genetic characteristics and health history.
I greatly appreciate that my doctor always takes the time to go into great detail with me about my health concerns.
You may complete the assessment online and call 847.570.GENE (4363) to discuss your results. Make sure you print out the results of your assessment prior to your call.
For patients age 18-64 with a NorthShoreConnect account, you can schedule your annual physical online with one of NorthShore's Advanced Primary Care physicians. The Genetic and Wellness Assessment is not currently part of the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Advanced Primary Care?
Advanced Primary Care includes all aspects of the traditional aspects of your primary care visit (e.g. overall health assessment, blood pressure, weight checks) and also incorporates a more detailed assessment of your genetic history.
What is the Genetic and Wellness Assessment?
The assessment is a questionnaire about your personal or family history of certain medical conditions (cancer, depression and other genetic conditions) that is filled out prior to an annual physical. Based on your responses, you may be eligible for a referral to one of our Personalized Medicine clinics or be recommended to have lab tests performed to learn more related to your DNA. This information would then be used to create a customized care and treatment plan based on unique genetic characteristics and health history. There is no cost for this assessment. It is an additional tool to assess health during the annual physical.
Why should I complete the Genetic and Wellness Assessment?
As research advances in the area of genomics, NorthShore recognizes the importance of providing care to our patients that is truly personalized and tailored to each person’s health and family history. While completely optional, the information provided through this questionnaire to your physician allows an opportunity to analyze your personal and family history to help identify areas where genomic information can help guide medical management in a more precise manner.
Is the Genetic and Wellness Assessment mandatory for me to complete?
No. It is your right to refuse to complete the assessment. You may electronically refuse via NorthShoreConnect or let the nurse know at the office.
How long does it take for my physician to receive the results?
Results will be available within 3 weeks.
How do I get my genetic test results?
Your physician will follow his or her normal process related to communication of test results.
What is the cost of genetic testing?
The cost of genetic testing varies. The Personalized Medicine clinics are considered specialty visits under a patient’s insurance and are a covered a benefit; deductibles, copays and coinsurance apply per each patient’s plan. With regards to the lab tests that can be ordered, these services may be a covered benefit dependent upon the diagnosis. You should verify coverage with your insurance provider. Medicare will only cover cost of genetic testing if the patient has a personal history of a condition.
Does insurance cover the cost of an Advanced Primary Care appointment?
Typically, for most commercially insured patients, an annual physical is covered with no cost to the patient. However patients should check with their insurance provider to verify coverage. The Genetic and Wellness Assessment is not covered by Medicare and is not included in the Annual Wellness Visit. Medicare patients who are interested in completing the assessment can do so on northshore.org/advancedprimarycare or call (847) 570-GENE for more information.
What protections do patients have against discrimination based upon their genetic test results?
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) are federal regulations that safeguard results and prevent discrimination using genetic information for health insurance and employment status. More info on GINA can be found at www.ginahelp.org.
How is patient information kept private/secure?
NorthShore rigorously follows all applicable standards established in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Only patients and their care team will have access to genetic testing results unless a patient consents to share their information elsewhere.
Will genetic test results affect patients’ future life insurance policies?
Patients should call their life insurance company to find out if genetic information might impact rates and coverage for new policies.