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Genetic counselors function in independent practice under the supervision of the physician leader to provide patient and family counseling, research, coordination of specialized care including lab data, specimen collection, retrieval of data and referrals, consultation with other patient care specialists and referring providers. Provides staff education as needed.
Essential Job Duties
Working with a Medical Geneticist and a team of Genetic Counselors, the Genetic Counselor will be responsible to:
- Utilizes specific detailed knowledge of genetics and acts as a consultant with applicable patient care specialists, and referring care providers in providing professional options for the development of a collaborative plan of care.
- Completes interview history and counsels patients referred for genetic testing, and other circumstances.
- Obtains medical records, prepares family pedigrees; utilizes medical literature in the analysis of genetic disorders related to individualized patient care.
- Provides individualized patient and family education emotional support, and counseling including analysis of options for current diagnostic testing, care and intervention, and future ramifications for self, family, or offspring.
- Maintains contact with patients while waiting for diagnostic results, when results are received, and as appropriate for support.
- Documents and records contact with patient, ancillary services, communications, and counseling by complete and appropriate documentation.
- Completes documentation to support billing requirements and completes charge sheet at each patient visit in order to facilitate timely billing.
- Coordinates and presents reviews of appropriate cases of care to peers, residents, students, and colleagues.
- Communicates clearly and directly in oral and written form to providers and patients.
- Participates in peer review by providing and receiving objective and constructive feedback with peers.
- Cooperate with insurance companies to obtain pre-authorizations as needed.
- Be involved in teaching students from the University of Utah Genetic Counseling Program as well as OB residents and MFM fellows.
Location of position, Intermountain Medical Center and LDS Hospital
- Entry Rate: Based on experience
- Full time, 40 hours per week, including protected administrative time
- Benefits Eligible