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ACCC Joins Groups Expressing Concerns Over CMS' Interpretation of NCD for NGS

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) joined with more than 60 organizations in a January 31, 2019, letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma expressing concern over recent developments in the agency's interpretation of the National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for Medicare Beneficiaries with Advanced Cancer.

An overarching concern is that, although the NCD was requested for a somatic-based test, the new interpretation will result in Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) applying the NCD's terms to both somatic and germline NGS-based testing for patients with cancer. As a result, patient access to medically necessary and relevant testing of germline mutations in patients with cancer would be restricted, as would NGS-based testing (both somatic and germline) for Medicare beneficiaries with early-stage cancer.

Read the Letter.

Posted 1/4/2019