thyroid cancer

Interpace can now offer the new service alone or in conjunction with ThyGenX next-generation sequencing oncogene panel in New York.

Veracyte attributed its lower Afirma sales in part to slowing down the rollout of an updated version of the test that relies on RNA sequencing.

The agreement, which covers Interpace's ThyGenX and ThyraMIR diagnostic tests for the diagnosis of thyroid cancer in patients with indeterminate thyroid nodules.

During the quarter, the firm secured payor coverage for its tests with UnitedHealthcare, Premera Blue Cross, and Aetna. 

Among its business highlights for the quarter, the firm established coverage for the Afirma genomic sequencing classifier by all major insurance plans.

Interpace Diagnostics said that the test will now be covered for Cigna's roughly 15 million members nationwide.

The team showed in a study this week that they could detect BRAF mutations in thyroid cancer, and believe the method could also allow blood-based early cancer detection.

Using a combination of genome-wide association and expression quantitative trait loci approaches, investigators uncovered shared and population-specific thyroid cancer risk loci.

The test is now covered by Premera Blue Cross, a regional health plan with more than 2 million members located primarily in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.

The New York State Department of Health had previously provided conditional approval of the microRNA classifier for diagnosing indeterminate thyroid cancer cases.

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