NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – XDx said this week that health insurer Cigna has issued a positive coverage decision for XDx's AlloMap Molecular Expression Testing for potential heart transplant rejection.

The policy, which took effect immediately, applies to about 13.8 million lives covered by Cigna. Barry Kane, senior director of finance and reimbursement at XDx, said the firm is "particularly pleased" that Cigna is formally covering AlloMap for patients six months to five years post-heart transplant.

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Sep
17
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This online seminar will provide examples of how commercial and hospital-affiliated clinical labs are successfully developing and deploying high-throughput next-generation sequencing-based testing services for genetic diseases. 

Oct
15
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This webinar will discuss the benefits of a rapid targeted next-generation sequencing (TNGS) panel, using dried blood spots, for second-tier newborn metabolic and hearing loss screening and its immediate utility for high-risk diagnostic testing in the neonatal intensive care unit.