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The final national coverage decision stipulates that NGS germline tests for assessing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk must have FDA's blessing.
The firm is looking to expand its sales internationally, as well as in the consumer-initiated market, but is being conservative with revenue growth estimates.
The decision, which enables Medicare reimbursement, is effective for tests administered on or after Dec. 1.
Starting in late 2020, public health insurance is expected to pay for NIPT if a trisomy is suspected and this constitutes an "unacceptable burden" for the pregnant woman.
The government payor asked the public to specifically weigh in on the evidence supporting germline testing to assess treatment benefit for patients with hereditary cancer syndromes.
CMS had received significant stakeholder feedback that germline NGS testing is not the same as somatic testing, and that the NCD as written would negatively impact patients.
The agency said it is sensitive to stakeholder concerns and is working with MACs to adjust claims processing systems.
The test is designed to analyze a panel of 112 genes to help in the diagnosis of thyroid nodules with indeterminate fine-needle aspiration cytology.
An Oregon Health Authority committee issued a draft guidance to not cover NGS testing for solid tumors, which advocacy groups say will limit access to Medicaid beneficiaries.
The move is precipitated by CMS's decision to grant national coverage to NGS companion diagnostics when they're approved by the FDA.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.
The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.
About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.
In Nature this week: multi-omic analysis of Alzheimer's disease brain samples, de novo assembly of a diploid potato, and more.