MDxHealth (R): MDxHealth Announces Favorable Draft Medicare Coverage for the SelectMDx Test
IRVINE, CA – August 26, 2019 – MDxHealth SA (Euronext: MDXH.BR), a commercial-stage innovative molecular diagnostics company, today announced that Palmetto GBA, a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) that assesses molecular diagnostic technologies under its MolDx program, has issued a draft local coverage determination (LCD) for the SelectMDx® for Prostate Cancer test. The draft LCD recommends coverage of the test for qualified Medicare patients throughout the United States.
“We are pleased that Medicare has taken this important step toward providing coverage for SelectMDx — a test that can help improve the disposition of men at risk for aggressive prostate cancer,” stated Michael McGarrity, CEO of MDxHealth. “It is a vital step toward ensuring all Medicare patients will have access to the highest quality and accurate prostate cancer risk assessment.” The company will provide further comment in its Mid-Year 2019 Results scheduled for August 29, 2019.
The proposed LCD policy can be accessed on the CMS website.
Of the nearly 2 million prostate biopsies performed each year, less than a third identify cancer. Most of these men could have avoided a painful and invasive prostate biopsy procedure, with its associated complications and costs. SelectMDx for Prostate Cancer is a proprietary urine-based, molecular diagnostic test that offers a non-invasive liquid biopsy method to assess a patient’s risk for prostate cancer. SelectMDx helps identify men at increased risk of harboring aggressive, potentially lethal, prostate cancer who may benefit most from a prostate biopsy and earlier detection. The test delivers a negative predictive value (NPV) of 95% for clinically significant disease, helping to reduce the need for invasive prostate biopsies, thereby reducing healthcare costs. The test has been included in the 2018 European Association of Urology (EAU) clinical guidelines.
MDxHealth is a multinational healthcare company that provides actionable molecular diagnostic information to personalize the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The Company's tests are based on proprietary genetic, epigenetic (methylation) and other molecular technologies and assist physicians with the diagnosis of urologic cancers, prognosis of recurrence risk, and prediction of response to a specific therapy. The Company’s European headquarters are in Herstal, Belgium, with laboratory operations in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and US headquarters and laboratory operations based in Irvine, California. For more information, visit mdxhealth.com and follow us on social media at: twitter.com/mdxhealth, facebook.com/mdxhealth and linkedin.com/company/mdxhealth.
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