NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genomic Health said after the close of the market on Friday that the national Medicare contractor for the firm's Oncotype DX breast cancer test has expanded Medicare coverage for the test.

The contractor, Palmetto GBA, has expanded its coverage policy for all qualified Medicare patients to include those with ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, Genomic Health said. The coverage policy took effect May 8.

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