Ensuring a Personalized Future through Diagnostics Policies

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In a time of rapidly rising healthcare costs, personalized medicine offers a more efficient approach to prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

However, special considerations and thoughtful policies that acknowledge the emerging and varied technology (and challenging science) at play are needed in order to ensure access to personalized diagnostics and treatments, while also encouraging further investment and development of technologies. Just as personalized medicine is moving us away from a one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare, we must too move away from one-size-fits-all approaches to reimbursement.

The Personalized Medicine Coalition recently released “The Future of Coverage and Payment for Personalized Medicine Diagnostics.” The white paper takes a critical look at the policies of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which in turn inform the decision making process for payers. Three specific challenges to the further implementation of personalized medicine diagnostics are identified:

  • Reimbursement levels that ensure access while also encouraging development
  • Inconsistent standards for evaluating genomic tests
  • A lack of incentives for genomic medicine

As we continue our journey in the post-ACA healthcare landscape, the need for objective, reliable and clearly defined standards for evaluation and reimbursement continue to grow. Uncertainty – especially in the form of payment – does not inspire investment or fuel growth through R&D.

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