Agreement Increases Access with Additional 3.5 Million Covered Lives
IRVINE, CA, and HERSTAL, BELGIUM — 8:00 AM, April 22, 2014 MDxHealth SA (NYSE Euronext: MDXH), a leading molecular diagnostic company that develops and commercializes epigenetic tests to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Galaxy Health Network, a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). The agreement provides patients nationwide with greater access to MDxHealth’s ConfirmMDx® for Prostate Cancer test. This agreement extends ConfirmMDx for Prostate Cancer testing to approximately 147 million covered lives throughout the U.S.
Galaxy Health Network, based in Arlington, TX, has a provider base to over 400,000 physicians, 2,700 hospitals and 47,000 ancillary providers – all directly contracted, and brings together Managed Care Professionals with over five decades of collective experience for the purpose of providing expert assistance and guidance in the containment of medical costs. Its member base has currently more than 3.5 million covered lives.
The agreement further expands MDxHealth’s payor base, improving claims adjudication times and facilitating reimbursement for the ConfirmMDx for Prostate Cancer test. MDxHealth continues to increase coverage and access to its test for patients at in-network benefit levels across the U.S. contracting with PPO, Third Party and other Payer networks.
Over 975,000 American men receive a negative prostate biopsy result each year, though approximately 25% of these men may still harbor occult prostate cancer. This well-documented risk of undetected cancer, often with clinically significant Gleason scores, leads to a high rate of repeat biopsies with greater than 40% of men receiving at least one repeat biopsy, and many receiving a 3rd and 4th biopsy. Today’s gold standard diagnostic approach is the prostate biopsy procedure, collecting 10-12 needle core biopsy samples; however this sampling represents less than 1% of a man’s prostate. ConfirmMDx for Prostate Cancer is an epigenetic assay to help urologists distinguish patients who have a true-negative biopsy from those at risk for occult cancer. The test is able to detect an epigenetic field effect or “halo” associated with the cancerization process at the DNA level. This molecular “halo” around a cancer lesion can be present despite having a normal appearance under the microscope. The test helps urologists rule out prostate cancer-free men from undergoing unnecessary repeat biopsies and rule in high-risk patients who may require repeat biopsies and potential treatment. Performance of the proprietary ConfirmMDx genes and technology has been published in 42 studies with over 4,100 patients tested.
MDxHealth is a leading molecular diagnostic company that develops and commercializes epigenetic tests to support cancer treatment. The company’s tests are based on proprietary gene methylation (epigenetics) technology and assist physicians with the diagnosis of cancer, prognosis of recurrence risk, and prediction of response to a specific therapy. For more information visit mdxhealth.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/mdxhealth.
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