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Two Largest Payers Start Lab Test Pre-Authorization

CEO SUMMARY: Once Anthem and UnitedHealthcare establish their respective genetic test prior-authorization programs, a new era for genetic testing will commence. The 80 million beneficiaries served by these two payers make up half of the individuals who have private health insurance. It is…

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More Genetic Counseling Leads to Fewer Lab Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Cigna was the first national health insurer to require independent board-certified genetic counseling before approving coverage for certain genetic tests. Since launching this program in September 2013, the insurer has seen a 450% increase in genetic counseling for Cigna …

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July 21, 2014 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Consolidation of private pathology group practices continues. On July 8, NeoGenomics of Fort Myers, Florida, announced that it had acquired Path Logic of Sacramento. Then, one day later, Incyte Diagnostics of Spokane, Washington, disclosed that it wa…

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CMS Cuts BRCA Price by 49% in Response to Competition

IN THE FINAL WEEKS OF 2013, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would reduce the price it pays for the BRCA genetic test by 49%, to $1,438, effective on January 1, 2014. For Myriad Genetics, Inc., this wa…

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Two Blood Brothers Report Declines in Revenue-Per-Req

REIMBURSEMENT FOR CLINICAL laboratory testing has declined, particularly for molecular tests. As a consequence, the nation’s two largest laboratory testing companies are feeling the negative effect of lower lab test prices. Both Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Laborator…

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