The Partnership strives to decrease the incidence of cancer in Rhode Island and reduce associated risk factors
by implementing primary prevention strategies.
One of the issues critical to improving outcomes for people with cancer is early detection and screening. Currently, genetic testing is a reimbursable service but genetic counseling, a key component of the early detection screening process, is not unless a physician is present. The Partnership is pleased to support legislation drafted by Paul A. DiSilvestro, MD, Director of the Program in Women’s Oncology and Women & Infants Hospital which would establish a licensure program for genetic counselors. This would increase access to this service by allowing genetic counselors to work independently and receive the reimbursement without a physician present.