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The companies will work with labs to improve payors' understanding of the costs of performing PD-L1 testing and the value it provides to patient care.

As government lab spending grows, the Medicare contractor has barred access to a coding and pricing file obtained via FOIA claiming it holds business secrets.

The new rate applies to clinical diagnostic lab tests using high-throughput technologies that can process more than 200 specimens per day.

The company had a challenging fiscal first quarter due to the deletion of CPT codes that payors used to use to reimburse hereditary cancer testing. 

The health technology firm is proposing a new software solution that would standardize coding in genetic testing, but a more predictable system would also narrow variability in test pricing.

In a letter to CMS, AMP made a case for crosswalking existing CPT codes for BRCA1/2 testing to codes that more accurately reflect the work required to analyze these genes.

The firm has struggled in the past to convince payors of its test's clinical utility but remains dedicated to convincing the field that Epi proColon can help patients by closing CRC screening gaps.

Since last year the AMA has issued 23 PLA codes for firms that want to better track use of their tests, but the effect of the codes on improving reimbursement remains to be seen.

The panel's decisions could change the codes diagnostic companies use to bill payors for these tests, which could affect revenue.

The new code is used for tests conducted by next-generation sequencing that include BRCA1, BRCA2, and 12 other genes even if they are part of multi-gene panels.

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