NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Exact Sciences announced today that its Cologuard colon cancer screening test will now be covered by Health Care Services (HCSC) and Florida Blue under updated medical policies.

With the addition of the 18 million individuals covered by the two insurers, a total of 80 million people are now insured by plans with positive medical policies regarding Cologuard, Exact said.

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15
Sponsored by
Swift Biosciences

This webinar will discuss the Cancer Avatar Project at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute (CPMCRI) and the efforts to overcome complexity of tumor profiling using the Accel-Amplicon sequencing workflow from Swift Biosciences.

Aug
27
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This webinar offers a look at how an advanced genetics laboratory implemented and validated a commercial bioinformatics system to help scale its operations.

Sep
17
Sponsored by
SeraCare

Today’s challenging clinical next-generation sequencing applications require a rigorous, comprehensive quality control management program to ensure confidence in results.

Sep
18
Sponsored by
Horizon Discovery

In this webinar, Kevin Balbi, head of bioinformatics at Sarah Cannon Molecular Diagnostics, will discuss the validation of targeted sequencing panels on the Ion Torrent platform using Horizon Discovery’s Tru-Q controls.