The latest on managing care, value-based care, insurance markets, payers & providers

Aetna Chief Wants Coverage For Genetic Tests

The CEO of the country's largest for-profit HMO has jumped with both feet into the national discussion about genetic testing's place in health care.

John W. Rowe, MD, head of Aetna, urges HMOs to make products available that cover genetic testing.

"Health plans can play an important role in promoting access to clinically useful genetic testing and proper interpretation of test results," Rowe said at a symposium on genetic privacy. "I believe there is a pressing need for the health insurance industry to establish guidelines for covering genetic testing in a way that promotes disease prevention and disease management, while at the same time respecting members' privacy."

Among his recommendations, Rowe says that health plans should educate and guide doctors about the use of genetic tests and the selection of medications based on the results of the tests.

Subscribe to Our Newsletters

Monthly table of contents

Be notified as each issue of Managed Care is available online.

Biweekly newsletter

Recent topics have included:

  • Doug Jones and the ACA, Epic misses a White House meeting, and man caves for man-flu sufferers
  • CVS-Aetna deal may trigger merger mania, Johns Hopkins criticized for lack of asthma prevention, & Columbia sees free-ride future for all of its med students

PTCommunity news

New drug approvals, clinical trials, drug management. Three times per week.