Labs Band Together To Increase Coverage for Their Prenatal Tests

I have a post at the Prenatal Information Research Consortium about a coalition of prenatal testing laboratories seeking increased insurance coverage for their cell free DNA screening tests. It addresses the possible issues raised by this coalition representing in its mission to provide useful information to providers and insurers, while also working to increase reimbursement by private and public insurers. You can read more about the Coalition at my post linked here. Continue Reading

A new web app for Down syndrome prenatal resources

There is a new way to access in more ways than ever the most widely-recognized and acclaimed resource for parents receiving a prenatal test result for Down syndrome.  Continue Reading

Mary Harris’ Only Human on Down syndrome prenatal testing: corrections and appreciation

Mary Harris reported on a woman that launched the search for a prenatal test for Down syndrome. While some key corrections should be made for any future reports, overall, Harris' is a piece of reporting to be appreciated.  Continue Reading

What does your cell free DNA screen result for Down syndrome mean?

This is a question that gets asked at least once a week in a comment to one of the hundreds of posts on this blog: my blood test just came back for Down syndrome--what does it mean? Fortunately, there's an on-line tool to help understand these results.  Continue Reading

Envisioning a life with a child with Down syndrome

Envisioning a life with a child with Down syndrome is one of the biggest challenges for most expectant parents receiving a prenatal test result. Here's how the testing laboratories' images frame that future and what resources are available to help patients see the possibilities of a future with a child with Down syndrome. Continue Reading

How Down syndrome prenatal screening’s administration is about elimination … & what’s needed to change that

In her column in Forbes, Kavin Senapathy, a self-styled scientific mythbuster, took on claims that prenatal genetic testing has as its purpose eliminating those with Down syndrome. Unfortunately, her column retold myths and she based her mythbusting on fantasy. Continue Reading

Sarah Knapton: Please update your inaccurate, biased report on the NHS offering NIPT to high-risk mums

Sarah Knapton reports in The Telegraph that Britain's National Health Service will offer non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). The inaccuracies and biases of the report require an update. Continue Reading

Obstetricians’ 2016 Resolutions for Prenatal Genetic Testing

With the start of 2016, obstetricians, like everyone else, are making their New Year's resolutions. Here are their resolutions for counseling their patients about prenatal genetic testing.  Continue Reading

2015 Down Syndrome Prenatal Testing Year in Review

Here are the top five posts posted in 2015: Continue Reading