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Published: Thursday, Oct. 1 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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It would be good to make this program financially affordably for area hospitals, so those of us who have insurance that IHC will not accept, could reap the benefits of this vastly improved care at hospitals that will accept our insurance coverage. I have tried repeatedly to get my insurance covered by IHC, but everytime my insurance calls and asks, IHC refuses. I can't even go there for a heart attack or mental health care! It is very disruptive to a patient's care to have to go somewhere else where they are unknown, without records, for specialized care and treatment in an emergency.

Grant Wood

I'm sorry I can't solve your insurance issue, but the technology we have developed at Intermountain Healthcare's Clinical Genetics Institute (with Partners Healthcare in Boston) is based on a national computer data standard, so that any interested healthcare system and genetic testing lab can use it.

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