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The survey found analysis, interpretation, and reporting requirements can take more than six hours per test but that reimbursement for tests doesn't account for this work.
Bio-Techne's CEO said the coverage decision will expand access to its EPI test and enable additional men to better decide whether to proceed with a prostate biopsy.
Under the Ge-Med project, University Hospital Tübingen will offer diagnostic whole-genome sequencing for all genetic indications and will include PRS in its reporting.
The company said its Professional PGx Express test will now be reimbursed by Medicare, and that the VA has extended its current supply contract for the test.
The final decision includes some changes, most notably removing requirements for guideline inclusion, but retains its technical performance benchmarks.
The partners will also collaborate on a study, to be peer reviewed, that will evaluate how insurance coverage of WGS affects patient care and healthcare costs.
Aetna's move comes at a time when a number of insurers including UnitedHealthcare have begun offering coverage of NIPT for average-risk pregnancies.
Several analysts said that the decision by UHC, the largest private payor in the US, will especially benefit Natera.
A National Society of Genetic Counselors panel discussed whether healthcare providers are ready for whole-genome sequencing to be adopted as a first-line test.
The firm said it will dispute the claim of overpayment and will separately negotiate with the undisclosed payor for in-network status.
The FDA and CDC call for a pause in administering Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine while reports of rare blood clots are looked into, reports the Wall Street Journal.
According to the Associated Press, a Swiss program aims to shepherd long-term science projects and diplomacy.
CNN reports that two new studies suggest the B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant may be more transmissible, but may not lead to more severe disease.
In PNAS this week: analysis of pathway affecting acute kidney injury, parental-specific allelic expression in horse placenta, and more.