Reimbursement

News and trends on diagnostics testing, insurance coverage, and reimbursement.

The biggest losers following the release of the preliminary PAMA rates may be Quest and LabCorp, analysts said today. 

The government payor proposed rates that would reduce payment by $670 million, though CMS previously estimated a $390 million cut in 2018.

The study is part of an effort to drive health plan coverage for Exosome's ExoDx Prostate IntelliScore prostate cancer test.

Since last year the AMA has issued 23 PLA codes for firms that want to better track use of their tests, but the effect of the codes on improving reimbursement remains to be seen.

BUPA Global and other private health insurers have approved reimbursement for OncoDNA's test, which is intended to provide a complete genetic profile of a patient's tumor. 

Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

Pandas' gut microbiomes change as what they eat changes with the seasons, writes Discover's Inkfish blog.

In PLOS this week: comparative genomic study of malaria-linked macaque parasite, search for apple root reference genes, and more.