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ADA Adopts Policy on Genetic Testing

October 27, 2017

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CHICAGO, October 27, 2017 — The American Dental Association at its annual meeting in Atlanta adopted a policy on genetic testing calling for insurers to:

demonstrate that  genetic tests used to determine eligibility for benefit coverage of specific oral health services are scientifically valid
disclose financial relationships between manufacturer and payer
be transparent about conflicts of interest between the test manufacturer, payer and study investigators
provide independent third party agency confirmation of test validity and reliability for the intended purpose
and an analysis of how  utilization of the test will affect health outcomes and plan costs.

The policy states, “Health professions will experience a growth of such products and tests in the coming years and [dentists] will need a mechanism to assess the claims and counter claims so that we may best serve our patients and advocate for the needs of the public.” 

For more information on genetics and oral health, visit the ADA’s Oral Health Topics.


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