In a release issued earlier this month, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Cologuard®, making it the first and only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved stool DNA test for the detection of colorectal cancer and precancer covered by Medicare.
Medicare coverage for Cologuard will go into effect immediately, and the hope is that this noninvasive colon cancer screening test will reach those 23 million Americans who have not yet undergone their life-saving screening.
The final NCD can be found online here: http://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/nca-tracking-sheet.aspx?NCAId=277
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