How much blood do I need to draw to test more than one gene? 
8 - 10 cc of whole blood is all that is required to test all of the genes we screen here at the MORL.

Is MORL able to accept samples on the weekend?
No, the Shipping and Receiving Dept of the University of Iowa handles all of our package/mail receipt and they are closed on Saturday and Sunday.  If you draw a sample on a Friday, please hold the sample until Monday and then ship it out.  For frozen samples please keep them in a -80 and then send them on at least 5 pounds of dry ice.  For whole blood samples please keep them refrigerated until Monday and then send them on a cool pack.

What is the cost and CPT codes for genetic testing? Is the price the same for all genes tested?
While we are a not-for-profit lab we must charge for testing to cover the cost of materials and staff salaries. We have the lowest rates in the country and as each gene tested requires special handling the cost varies. To see a complete list of genes we test with the CPT codes and prices, please click here. Check back frequently as new genes or tests may be added to the list.

What is the cost of familial testing? Is the price the same for all genes tested?
The price for familial testing is $220 per person per gene. This means if you have a patient with two variants in one gene and you would like to test a parent or sibling the cost would be $220.  If you have a patient with variants in two different genes and would like to test a parent or sibling the cost would be $440.

If my insurance company requires a "Superbill" before they will reimburse me for testing what do I do?
If you have pre-paid for testing using your credit card and your insurance company is requiring a superbill you will need to contact your physician. A superbill will show your name, address, phone number, social security number, doctor's name, and contact information as well as their physician's license number, NPI number and tax ID number. The superbill will also show your diagnosis, treatment rendered to you, cost of treatment, amount you paid, a release of authorization statement, your signature and your doctor’s signature. As we do not have access to any of the above information we can only supply the testing invoice and credit card receipt.

How much blood do you need to perform testing?
The minimum sample volume is 8 - 10 cc. of whole blood. For more information on the requirements for testing please click here.

Do you supply the kit needed to collect saliva or blood for testing?
No, the lab or doctor's office you visit to have your blood drawn or saliva collected will supply the kit. If you have any questions or problems please contact Amy Weaver by telephone at 319-335-6623 or by e-mail.

Do you give referrals for blood or saliva collection? Where should I go to have it done?
We do not partner with any laboratories. In order to get a referral for blood draw or saliva collection you will need to ask your physician.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my testing?
If you have any questions we would be happy to answer them for you. Please call us at 319-335-6623.

Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns about this laboratory?
If you have any questions or concerns about this laboratory please feel free to contact the Laboratory Director, Dr. Richard Smith at 319-356-3612. You can also contact the Laboratory Manager, Carla Nishimura at 319-353-5355 or the Laboratory Project Assistant, Amy Weaver at 319-335-6623. If you would like to contact the Center for Medicaid and State Operations/Survey and Certification Group please see this brochure

If I am interested in being part of any of the genetic studies being performed at the Molecular Otolaryngology & Renal Research Laboratories what do I do?
If you are interested in being a part of our hearing loss or kidney disease studies please contact Dr. Richard Smith directly at:
Richard JH Smith - Director 
200 Hawkins Drive - 21151 PFP 
The University of Iowa 
Iowa City, IA 52242 
Phone: (319)356-3612 
Fax: (319)356-4108