Molecular Test Now Covered for Indeterminate Thyroid Nodules
PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 27, 2017, IDXG, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXG) (“Interpace” or “the Company”), a fully integrated commercial company that provides clinically useful molecular diagnostic tests and pathology services for improved patient diagnosis and management, announced today that Cigna, one of the largest national health plans in the United States, has agreed to cover Interpace’s ThyGenX® test for Cigna’s 15 million members nationwide, with coverage effective immediately. Cigna’s coverage combined with Aetna, United Healthcare, Medicare, and other payers brings the total number of covered lives for Interpace’s ThyGenX™ molecular test for indeterminate thyroid nodules to approximately 275 million patients nationwide.
ThyGenX utilizes state-of-the-art next-generation sequencing (NGS) to identify more than 100 genetic alterations associated with papillary and follicular thyroid carcinomas, the two most common forms of thyroid cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, thyroid cancer is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the U.S., tripling in the past three decades. Most physicians have traditionally recommended thyroid surgery where thyroid nodule biopsy results are indeterminate, not clearly benign or malignant following traditional cytopathology review; however, over 70% of these surgical outcomes are ultimately benign. Molecular testing using ThyGenX has been shown to reduce the rate of unnecessary surgeries in indeterminate cases.
Jack E. Stover, President and CEO of Interpace Diagnostics stated, “Cigna’s coverage of ThyGenX represents further acceptance among major health plans of our molecular products for Thyroid cancer. We are pleased that Cigna has joined the growing list of health plans that cover ThyGenX and that their 15 million members will now have access to its benefits.”
About Thyroid Nodules and ThyGenX Testing
According to the American Thyroid Association, approximately 15% to 30% of the 525,000 thyroid fine needle aspirations (FNAs) performed on an annual basis in the U.S. are indeterminate for malignancy based on standard cytological evaluation, and thus are candidates for ThyGenX.
ThyGenX yields high predictive value in determining the presence of cancer in thyroid nodules. The test can improve risk stratification and surgical decision-making when standard cytopathology does not provide a clear diagnosis for the presence of cancer. ThyGenX is covered by both Medicare and many Commercial insurers.
About Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc.
Interpace Diagnostics is a fully integrated commercial company that provides clinically useful molecular diagnostic tests and pathology services for evaluating risk of cancer by leveraging the latest technology in personalized medicine for better patient diagnosis and management. The Company currently has three commercialized molecular tests; PancraGen® for the diagnosis and prognosis of pancreatic cancer; ThyGenX, for the diagnosis of thyroid cancer from thyroid nodules utilizing a next generation sequencing assay and ThyraMIR®, for the diagnosis of thyroid cancer utilizing a proprietary gene expression assay. Interpace Diagnostics’ mission is to provide personalized medicine through molecular diagnostics and innovation to advance patient care based on rigorous science.
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