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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.

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.

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New analyses indicate female researchers are publishing less during the coronavirus pandemic than male researchers, according to Nature News.

A study suggests people with the ApoE e4 genotype may be more likely to have severe COVID-19 than those with other genotypes, the Guardian says.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies are searching for a genetic reason for why some people, but not others, become gravely ill with COVID-19, the Detroit Free Press reports.

In PNAS this week: forward genetics-base analysis of retinal development, interactions of T cell receptors with neoantigens in colorectal cancer, and more.