CMS had received significant stakeholder feedback that germline NGS testing is not the same as somatic testing, and that the NCD as written would negatively impact patients.
The diversity of the organizations that have signed the letter to CMS demonstrates widespread concern over this policy.
CMS's move to restrict coverage could limit test access for early-stage cancer patients and negatively impact lab revenues.
At the Personalized Medicine Conference this week, stakeholders historically at odds over lab test regulation said it is up to Congress to resolve the issue.
Seventeen organizations don't support the Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act as written and would like lawmakers to advance a CLIA-centric framework.
The agency asked Reps. Bucshon and DeGette to consider the precertification program idea as they work on refining the draft of the Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act.
These lobbying efforts aim to shore up willingness among legislators to step in and halt implementation of the NCD if certain provisions remain in the final version.
New Medicare rates established under PAMA will cause labs to scale back services, and in some cases shut down, the motion states.
The year brought more FDA approvals for molecularly targeted drugs and NGS tests for personalizing cancer treatment, but reimbursement remained a stress point for industry.
The suit filed against the acting HHS secretary alleges that a flawed data collection process failed to establish market-based rates.
The Wall Street Journal looks into FamilyTreeDNA's handling of genetic genealogy searches by law enforcement.
In a point-counterpoint in the Boston Globe, researchers discuss the potential of gene editing to prevent Lyme disease, but also the pitfalls of doing so.
MIT's Technology Review reports that researchers hope to develop a CRISPR-based pain therapy.
In Science this week: atlas of malaria parasites' gene expression across their life cycles, and more.