The Japan Times reports that Japan's public health insurance system will cover genetic testing for some cancer patients.
The diagnostic will now be a contracted service with Anthem Blue Cross of California and 10 of its affiliated health plans.
As of July 1, the Guardant360 test will be considered medically necessary for aiding therapy selection in advanced lung cancer for health plan members of EviCore.
NantHealth CEO Patrick Soon-Shiong said that the company is seeking a fast-track FDA clearance predicated on Memorial Sloan Kettering's 468-gene panel.
Under a proposed decision, to be finalized in August and become effective in late 2020, NIPT would only be covered for women with particular fetal trisomy risks.
City of Hope and Texas Oncology are the first customers for Trapelo, a decision support platform from Innovation Insights that involves labs and payors.
A Canadian panel recommends public coverage of the gene therapy Kymriah if its cost comes down, the Globe and Mail reports.
While orders of its Liquid GPS are increasing, Soon-Shiong expressed frustration with the slow pace of reimbursement and urged investor patience.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on the difficulties health insurers face with new gene and cell therapies.
Highmark will examine the clinical and economic impact of Biocept's Target Selector liquid biopsy in patients with non-small cell lung cancer.
Google's Project Nightingale has collected health information on millions of Americans, according to the Wall Street Journal.
An opinion piece at The Hill criticizes the proposed plan to collect DNA samples from migrants at the US border.
Nature News writes that women in chemistry are less likely to have their manuscripts accepted for publication.
In PNAS this week: tRNA fragment signature for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, genomic sites sensitive to ultraviolet radiation in melanocytes, and more.