News on molecular markers used to guide cancer treatment, assess prognosis, or detect relapse.
The agency said it is sensitive to stakeholder concerns and is working with MACs to adjust claims processing systems.
Healthcare providers continue to worry about the impact of 23andMe's health risk reports but there is also growing acceptance of the DTC testing model.
Based on the findings, MD Anderson is already using HER2 status to recommend patients for clinical trials instead of EGFR drugs and authors recommend others follow suit.
The kit is approved for the qualitative detection of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in patients with different cancer types including breast cancer.
The NGS assay is designed to help physicians to identify non-small cell lung cancer patients who may benefit from eight targeted therapies.
The American Society of Breast Surgeons updated consensus guidelines to recommend multigene panel testing for patients with cancer, including those who were tested many years ago.
The diversity of the organizations that have signed the letter to CMS demonstrates widespread concern over this policy.
The latest guidelines include new language about screening individuals with BRCA mutations and the potential utility of certain biomarker tests.
The researchers believe using cerebral spinal fluid will enable them to identify brain tumors with a higher sensitivity than with blood samples.
CMS's move to restrict coverage could limit test access for early-stage cancer patients and negatively impact lab revenues.