Insurance Coverage & Financial Assistance

Exact Sciences is committed to supporting patient access to the Oncotype DX Colon Recurrence Score test to help your patients make informed decisions about their treatment.

Financial Responsibility Information

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financial responsibility for Oncotype DX Colon Recurrence Score test when Medicare fee for service (FFS) coverage criteria are met

Medicare Advantage, which is provided by commercial insurance companies, may have different financial responsibility compared to Medicare FFS.

Exact Sciences strongly encourages patients to contact their insurer when they have questions about their benefits. Regardless of network status, all commercial insurance coverage is governed by an insurer’s medical policy and patient benefit type.

If your patient’s out-of-pocket amount is $500 or more as determined by the patient’s insurance, they will receive a call from our Exact Sciences’ billing team to discuss payment options. We will also submit secondary or supplemental insurance claims on your patient’s behalf if the necessary information was submitted with the order. If your patient receives a bill and is not sure if a claim was submitted to their secondary or supplemental insurance, please have your patient contact us.

Coverage Information

FSS Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans cover the Oncotype DX Colon Recurrence Score test for eligible patients with anatomic stage II, MMR-P and stage III A/B colon cancers. Exact Sciences† is an in-network provider with many health plans, including Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Humana and UnitedHealthcare. Since insurance coverage can vary across the country, it’s a good idea to check with your patient’s carrier or contact the Customer Service team to confirm coverage. The Oncotype DX Colon Recurrence Score test is reported on claims with the unique Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code, 81525.

Partnering with You & Your Patients

Genomic Access Program (GAP)

Exact Sciences believes that everyone should have access to the information they need to make confident, informed decisions about their cancer treatments. To advance this mission, we created GAP to help patients navigate and understand the insurance and billing process for the Oncotype tests. The GAP team can:

  • Work with clinicians to get prior authorization from insurance companies (if required).
  • Bill insurance companies directly when possible.
  • Process the claim once the test is complete.
  • With your patient’s consent, assist in the appeal process if a claim is denied.
  • Contact insurance companies on patients’ behalf.

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For faster results, complete your requisition form online on the Physician Portal as insurance can be verified and most required forms can be pre-filled and completed online. If you do not have an online ordering account, sign up today.

Financial Assistance

Exact Sciences offers financial assistance programs for eligible patients with financial hardship. These programs are based on financial eligibility.

  • Financial assistance is available for eligible patients who are uninsured and may be available for insured patients unable to pay the out-of-pocket amount determined by their insurance.
  • Eligibility is based on Federal poverty guidelines, and we proactively contact all uninsured patients to determine eligibility for financial assistance. Payment plans may also be available.
  • Financial assistance is not available if the patient has insurance coverage but elects to be billed directly instead of billing insurance.

Patients may also contact us before the test is ordered or during the testing process to review available payment terms or to be pre-screened for financial assistance. To learn more, contact our Customer Service by phone at 866-ONCOTYPE (866-662-6897, option 2) or message us for more information.

The Medicare 14-Day Rule

FSS Medicare has specific date of service reporting requirements for laboratory tests, and the technical component of physician pathology services, ordered for Medicare patients (commonly known as the “14-Day Rule”). The 14-Day Rule determines whether the laboratory performing the test bills Medicare directly or bills the hospital where the specimen was collected.

In general, Medicare requires that laboratories bill the hospital when the test is ordered less than 14 days following a patient’s inpatient or outpatient hospital stay (when the specimen was collected). However, as of January 1, 2018, the 14-day rule does not apply to molecular pathology tests when the specimen is collected from a hospital outpatient, regardless of order date.

We process test orders as they are received from providers. Clinical judgment should be the determining factor for test ordering.

See Medicare Specific Coverage Criteria

Local Coverage Article: Billing and Coding: MolDX: Oncotype DX Colon Recurrence Score Assay (A54484)

The Oncotype DX Colon Recurrence Score test, developed to predict the recurrence risk for patients with Stage II COLON CANCER.

† Genomic Health, Inc., an Exact Sciences company, is the billing entity for Oncotype tests.

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