CPT codes

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.

The coding requirements will be a particularly complicated aspect of implementing the new law which aims to move diagnostic pricing to a market-based system.

Medicare Administrative Contractors didn't price codes describing whole-genome or exome sequencing, or cancer panels gauging 51 or more genes.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its preliminary clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) deter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Medicare contractor Palmetto GBA has issued draft local coverage determinations stipulating reimbursement criteria for three multi-marker molecular diagnostics: Assurex Health's pharmacogenetic test for refractory depression, MDxHealth's ConfirmMDx epigenetic prostate cance

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The threat of across-the-board payment cuts for lab tests has spurred the seemingly impossible: consensus within the diagnostics industry around a common purpose.

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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

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