Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing Explored in Project Baby Deer Case Review

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The MHA Keystone Center, through Project Baby Deer, is hosting a call from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 to discuss rapid Whole Genome Sequencing (rWGS).

The first half of the call will be dedicated to an organization’s case review, which will share testing, results and key takeaways. The second half will serve as a “town hall” discussion, sharing program achievements and clinical or economic outcomes. All birthing and children’s hospitals are welcome to participate. Contact the MHA Keystone Center for event information.

Project Baby Deer is an rWGS project to improve pediatric intensive care units and outcomes in Michigan. With genetic disorders being a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in infants, early diagnosis of genetic disease has the potential to change clinical management in many meaningful ways: initiating lifesaving treatments, avoiding unnecessary tests and procedures, shortening hospital stays and empowering families with real-time diagnoses to help with their understanding and decision-making.

Additionally, separate Medicaid payment will be available for rWGS when clinical and authorization criteria are met effective Sept. 1, pending Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approval. Learn more about covered and noncovered rWGS criteria in the Aug. 17 Medical Services Administration bulletin.