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The Medicare Administrative Contractor's decision covers molecular diagnostic laboratory tests as predictive classifiers for non-small cell lung cancer.

The Medicare Administrative Contractor is aligning its coverage decision with Palmetto GBA's final decision and it will go into effect May 4.

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

Medicare Administrative Contractor Palmetto released its final local coverage decision last year, and WPSIC has now aligned its coverage.

Palmetto has expanded coverage of the ClonoSeq assay to include monitoring MRD testing for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL.)

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

Palmetto has expanded the local coverage determination for the Guardant360 liquid biopsy assay to be used with the majority of advanced solid tumors.

Effective Feb. 3, 2020, the donor-derived cell-free DNA test will be covered for all kidney transplant recipients, including those with multiple kidney transplants.

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

The GenomeWeb index underperformed the Dow Jones, the Nasdaq, and the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index.

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Nobel laureates and scientific societies urge NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services to revisit the recent decision to end funding for a coronavirus grant.

Bloomberg reports that BGI's SARS-CoV-2 testing sites in the Middle East have raised concerns among US officials.

A new Pew Research Center poll finds confidence in medical researchers has grown among US adults since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Science this week: machine learning algorithm for faster Mendelian disorder diagnoses, gene linked to safe response to nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates, and more.