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The LCD for the RNA gene expression test will take effect on Feb. 10, 2020, the Medicare contractor said.

Despite the availability of more precision therapies and complex biomarker tests, systemic gaps and lack of physician education continued to hinder access.

A bi-weekly listing of recent local coverage determinations from Medicare Administrative Contractors.

 

The LCD will provide coverage for the Decipher Prostate Biopsy genomic test for men with both favorable and unfavorable intermediate-risk prostate cancer. 

The firm attributed the decline to reluctance of US customers to buy additional units of its Epi proColon colon cancer test amid reimbursement uncertainty.

The liquid biopsy firm reported revenues of $60.8 million for the quarter, easily surpassing the consensus Wall Street estimate of $45.4 million.

The firm is looking to expand its sales internationally, as well as in the consumer-initiated market, but is being conservative with revenue growth estimates.

Recent local coverage determinations from Medicare Administrative Contractors, posted Nov. 1, 2019.

CMS has attempted to address stakeholders' concerns about its coverage criteria for germline NGS testing in a new proposed national policy.

The nonpartisan federal agency's report suggests ways for Congress, the FDA, FTC, and CMS to expand oversight of the genetic testing market.

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Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine and Deloitte are looking into the use of drones to transport samples for testing. 

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe is laying off about 100 people.

Researchers from Northwestern University examined dust for antibiotic-resistance genes, New Scientist reports. 

In Science this week: researchers present a computational method for predicting cellular differentiation state from single-cell RNA sequencing data, and more.