payor coverage

The Center for Genomic Interpretation and NSGC want payors to cover confirmatory testing for patients with positive results from 23andMe's FDA-cleared test.

CMS will reimburse FoundationOne CDx at a rate of $3,500 per test for a nine-month period starting July 1.

The company presented new data on the PGx test this week and expressed confidence that they can secure broader payor coverage for it.

The coverage decisions follow similar decisions by Blue Shield of California and First Coast Service Options last year.

The payor published positive medical policy coverage for the ThyGenX and ThyraMir assays for thyroid nodules deemed indeterminate by standard cytopathological analysis.

The final determination also adds coverage for FDA-approved tests in stage III patients, and for repeat testing if patients receive a new primary diagnosis.

Interpace said that its two thyroid tests are now covered for over 280 million patients nationwide including Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and national and regional health plans.

The payor has agreed to cover Interpace's ThyGenX and ThyraMir, for thyroid nodules deemed indeterminate by standard cytopathological analysis.

Although a draft guidance last month recommended against use of molecular tests to guide chemotherapy, the group's finalized decision is subject to price negotiation and other adjustments.

Executives at two commercial payors said they'd follow CMS' lead when it comes to patients covered under Medicare but beyond that their support for the agency's policy is less clear. 

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