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Although a draft guidance last month recommended against use of molecular tests to guide chemotherapy, the group's finalized decision is subject to price negotiation and other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.
This is Biocept's third BCBS contract and enables cancer patients to access the company's testing services in network under their Wellmark health plans.
Only a few people have been treated with a new gene therapy as insurance coverage is hashed out, Bloomberg reports.
Pricing for FoundationOne CDx, which received FDA approval and a proposed CMS national coverage determination yesterday, will be determined under PAMA.
The company discussed expectations for how its products will fare against rivals into next year based on recent data and coverage decisions, and on expected reimbursement changes.
The NGS-based test, which was approved by the FDA in June, will be now available to the insurers' members, who have non-small cell lung cancer, in four states.
Piper Jaffray analyst William Quirk said the pricing, which was much higher than expected, will help push CareDx toward profitability.
BUPA Global and other private health insurers have approved reimbursement for OncoDNA's test, which is intended to provide a complete genetic profile of a patient's tumor.
A UK woman is suing three National Health Service Trusts for not telling her about her father's Huntington's disease diagnosis, the BBC reports.
LiveScience reports that a novel mutation in the LPL gene was uncovered in three siblings with very high triglyceride levels.
The president of Nankai University is embroiled in a data manipulation scandal, the South China Morning Post reports.
In PNAS this week: cytotoxic CD4 T cell signature in supercentenarians, evolutionary history of beetles, and more.