Castle Biosciences announces Medicare coverage for the DecisionDx-Melanoma test in cutaneous melanoma

Castle Biosciences, Inc., the skin cancer diagnostics company providing molecular diagnostics to improve cancer management decisions, today announced Medicare coverage for the DecisionDx®-Melanoma test that predicts risk of metastatic disease and helps to guide use of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in patients with cutaneous melanoma.

Palmetto GBA, a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), the administrator of the Medicare MolDX® program that assesses molecular diagnostic technologies, issued a final local coverage determination (LCD) for the DecisionDx-Melanoma test effective December 3, 2018. Medicare beneficiaries will now have improved access to the test to help guide use of SLNB in the context of patient-specific management plans. The LCD provides for coverage of the DecisionDx-Melanoma test for SLNB eligible patients with T1 and T2 cutaneous melanoma tumors (2.0 mm in thickness or less, as defined in AJCC Staging Manual v8, 2017) and clinically negative sentinel node basins who are being considered for SLNB to determine eligibility for adjuvant therapy.

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Randy Scott