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Noridian GBA has issued the LCD for use of the Decipher Prostate Biopsy genomic classifier in patients with very low and low-risk prostate cancer.

The test is a targeted sequencing assay that detects mutations in the blood of non-small cell lung cancer patients to inform treatment selection.

Veracyte said that the draft policy is open to a 45-day comment period and could potentially go into effect in early 2019.

Palmetto proposes to cover the assay for prostate cancer patients who are at very low and low risk of negative outcomes with active surveillance by NCCN guidelines.

The final LCD, which expands Medicare coverage of the firm's ConfirmMDx test to all providers, becomes effective on Sept. 3.

Under the draft determination, the test would be covered to help assess which treatments to use in patients with advanced prostate cancer.

The final LCD covers AlloSure in renal allograft recipients who have a probability of active renal allograft rejection.

The company announced positive coverage decisions from Palmetto GBA, 14 BCBS plans, and Aetna.

The molecular testing firm estimated that more than 70 percent of Medicare patients with prostate cancer will now have coverage for Prolaris.

The coverage decision limits the test to patients with advanced lung cancers who haven't been genomically profiled and who can't receive tissue-based testing.

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