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Prenatal Genetic Testing


HERC approved the corrections to the prenatal genetic testing coverage guidance per the meeting materials.

Staff has become aware of some errors in the previously posted coverage guidance; the corrections will be brought to the November, 2014 HERC meeting but are posted here as a courtesy to the public. Changes (to codes and to the GRADE table) are highlighted in the document. The coverage recommendation itself has not changed. Approved coverage guidance with corrections

HERC revised and approved the coverage guidance and changes to the Prioritized List for the coverage guidance.


VbBS and HERC reviewed the draft coverage guidance and made changes to the implementation. However the HERC did not approve the coverage guidance; discussion will continue at the March 13, 2014 HERC meeting.


The draft coverage guidance, public comment disposition and proposed implementation for the Oregon Health Plan are now available in preparation for the 1/9/2014 HERC meeting. The implementation document contains medical code corrections requested by VbBS on October 10, 2013. In addition, a new source has been added, and summarized in the evidence summary. This evidence was reviewed by the EbGS on September 12, 2013:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Technology Evaluation Center (TEC). (2013). Sequencing-based tests to determine fetal trisomy 21 from maternal plasma DNA. TEC Assessment Program, 27(10). Retrieved September 20, 2013 from
http://www.bcbs.com/blueresources/tec/vols/27/sequencing-based-tests-to.html  (3/23/16 note: Link removed; no longer valid)


The VbBS reviewed the draft coverage guidance and made recommendations to add a new diagnostic guideline to the prioritized list with some changes from the version presented in the meeting materials. HERC will review the draft coverage guidance and associated guideline note at its meeting 1/9/2014.

EbGS reviewed public comments on the draft coverage guidance, made revisions, and referred it to VbBS and HERC for implementation and approval. VbBS will review the new draft at its 10/10/13 meeting. Details
6/7/2013 - 7/8/2013
Draft coverage guidance posted for public comment.

The EbGS reviewed the initial draft coverage guidance on 4/4/13 and 6/6/13.