Skip to Main Content
Contribute Try STAT+ Today

Encouraged by new rules from the Trump administration, doctors and nurses across the country have been conducting a flurry of virtual visits with seniors covered by Medicare, which normally will only pay for in-person visits.

But genetic counselors have been effectively blocked from serving seniors amid the coronavirus pandemic. That’s because genetic counselors now relegated to working from home can’t meet the longstanding Medicare requirement that a physician be physically present to supervise the visit in order for it to be conducted and paid for.

Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free!


What is it?

STAT+ is STAT's premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.

What's included?

  • Daily reporting and analysis
  • The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters
  • Subscriber-only newsletters
  • Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day
  • STAT+ Conversations
  • Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations
  • Exclusive industry events
  • Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country
  • The best reporters in the industry
  • The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry
  • And much more
  • Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.