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Medicare Finalizes NGS Test Coverage For Advanced Cancers, Drops Evidence-Collection Provision

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The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said on March 16 that it will cover next-generation sequencing diagnostic laboratory tests for advanced cancers, broadening its final determination to cover use in relapsed, refractory and stage III cancers, while dropping "coverage with evidence development" conditions.

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