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 From: National Association of Rare Disorders (NORD)

Re: New York Times article regarding genetic testing and medical records

The New York Times has contacted NORD for assistance in identifying patients to interview for a story on medical privacy and, specifically, what should be done when patients say they don’t want results from genetic tests in their medical records. The AMA says that doctors can keep a separate medical record without such data but, if they send it on to insurers, they will need to note that genetic information has been withheld which, of course, is a red flag.

The Times is looking for patients or family members to interview who have faced these issues. If any of your members would be interested in being interviewed, please have them write to mdunkle@rarediseases.org with a very brief (one or two paragraphs) description of their experience. The story will be written within the next few days so it would be important to reply soon.

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