NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Exosome Diagnostics announced today that they have agreed to collaborate on clinical studies aimed at driving health plan coverage for molecular diagnostic products.

The deal marks the first CareFirst has signed as part of its HealthWorx program under which the payor works with early-stage companies to generate evidence demonstrating the clinical utility of their tests and technologies in order to accelerate the coverage determination process.

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