NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Invitae has received accreditation for its laboratory from the College of American Pathologists as well as coverage eligibility from Blue Shield of California and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the company said this week.

"Securing reimbursement is an important step towards realizing our mission to make genetic testing affordable and accessible for patients,” Lisa Alderson, Invitae's chief commercial officer, said in a statement.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

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