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By Turna Ray

Under a program aimed at gaining more insight into molecular diagnostics reimbursed through Medicare, Palmetto GBA will require laboratories requesting a local coverage determination for tests to register them and submit evidence on their efficacy.

The Medicare contractor will also require labs to obtain a unique identifier, called a Z-Code, for each molecular assay that it will use to track the utilization of specific tests.

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