Guardant Health announced that Palmetto GBA, a Medicare administrative contractor for the Molecular Diagnostics Services program (MolDX), has conveyed coverage for Guardant360 TissueNext under the existing local coverage determination (LCD).
Guardant360 TissueNext is the company’s first tissue-based test to help oncologists identify patients with advanced cancer who may benefit from biomarker-informed treatment.
The policy covers Guardant360 TissueNext for Medicare fee-for-service patients with advanced solid tumor cancers as a standalone service. “We are pleased that Medicare has taken this important step to make complete genomic profiling more widely available for patients with advanced cancers,” said Helmy Eltoukhy, Guardant Health co-CEO.
Medicare’s policy decision adds to the coverage of Guardant Health tests for patients with advanced stage cancer. In December 2019, Palmetto GBA expanded LCD of the Guardant360 assay, making it the first liquid biopsy to be broadly covered for use across the vast majority of advanced solid tumor cancers.