Apollo Genetics is dedicated to improving the quality of life of patients. We are a genetics lab that is certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and accredited through the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating. Our laboratory follows all the rules and regulations of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS) and place high importance on maintaining compliance in the lab industry. Our genetic testing services are conducted using the latest and most state-of-the-art technology to ensure that patients are receiving the most timely and accurate results. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with laboratory operations practiced in the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on the campus of Louisiana State University, we provide services such Cancer Genetics Testing, Pharmacogenetics Testing, Carrier Screening, and Respiratory Pathogen Panel Testing. We believe our services are paving the way for individuals to gain a better understanding of their current health status and their risk for developing and spreading serious diseases through DNA analysis.
Apollo Genetics works well with nearly all insurance carriers who provide Medicare, Med Advantage, and Medicaid insurance policies in the lower 49 states, as well as Blue Cross Blue Shield commercial policies in Illinois and Texas. We work best with in-network HMO and PPO plans through Medicare, Med Advantage, Medicaid, and select commercial insurances. We also provide coverage for out-of-network PPO plans through Medicare, Med Advantage, Medicaid, and select commercial insurances. Through our partnered billing company, we will thoroughly review your patient's specific insurance plan to determine in-network or out-of-network status and confirm whether they will be covered for genetic testing services through our company.
If yourself or your staff have received a requisition form from us, that means your patient's insurance company will be covering their genetics test through us. Our requisitions forms are easy to complete with only 3 sections that are required for providers to fill in. These 3 steps include selecting which test panel you see best fit for your patient(most healthcare providers select the full hereditary panel), filling in ICD-10 codes indicating your patient's personal or family medical diagnosis for which they qualified for their test, and a signature and date in the bottom right-hand corner for your authorization to allow your patient to have their test performed through our lab. ICD-10 codes are a simple, but necessary step to ensure that your patient's service is being covered for them when we submit the claims to their insurance company. Upon completion of your patient's screening, and the deliverance of their test results to your patient and yourself, we will handle all matters of billing. To make the process less time-consuming for you, we will also any necessary pre-authorization as well.
Apollo Genetics believes genetic counseling can provide a substantial benefit for patients who could use extra assistance in developing a better understanding of their unique genetic makeup to maintain and/or improve their health. Through our networked genetic counseling company, DNA Visit, genetic counseling is recommended as a follow-up care option following your patient's completion of their genetics test and their test results showing that a positive or unknown gene variant has been discovered. Ultimately, it is your decision as their healthcare provider for whether your patient needs this service. As most test results come back with the outcome we hope for, a negative result, many times providers will opt-out of genetic counseling for their patients after they have completed our genetics tests. By visiting our genetic counseling page, you can learn more details about genetic counseling and how we work with DNA Visit.
Apollo Genetics uses state-of-the-art technology to generate our genetic testing results. Our lab utilizes the Thermo Fisher QuantStudio 12K Flex Real-Time PCR System to reach 12,000 data points in 20 minutes or less and a high throughput rate of up to 4 OpenArray plates simultaneously with completion time of approximately 4 hours to generate fast and accurate results for patients and healthcare providers. Along with the OpenArray plates, this system can run on four other interchangeable blocks, and includes a Laboratory Information Management System(LIMS) to ensure a high level of compliance. Along with the QuantStudio, our laboratory equipment also includes the Hamilton Genomic STARlet which possesses the capability of processing a variety of sample types including plants, bacterial cells, blood and plasma, tissue, and eukaryotic cells with processing of speed of up to 96 samples in 144 minutes or less, allowing for numerous runs each day. In addition to the QuantStudio and the Genomic STARlet, our lab also uses the BP Genomics PureMAGiX machine for the DNA extraction of each saliva sample and runs an automated purification process to remove proteins, nucleases, or any other contaminants from the DNA.