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Diagnostics Reimbursement

 News Release - January 2, 2015

Exact Sciences: Additional Update on CMS Reimbursement for Cologuard(R)

MADISON, Wis.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--Exact Sciences Corp. (EXAS) today announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published an updated 2015 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, which includes reimbursement for Exact Sciences’ Cologuard® noninvasive colon cancer screening test (CPT code G0464) at $492.72. Consistent with CMS’ Nov. 25 final payment decision, it will reimburse Cologuard based on a crosswalk to CPT codes 82274, 81275 and 81315. To establish the final 2015 reimbursement rate of $492.72 for CPT code G0464 (Cologuard), CMS utilized an internal calculation based on prior-year locality-specific payment rates for each of the component codes.

The $492.72 reimbursement amount for Cologuard is a national limitation amount (NLA) that is applicable across all states and applies to Cologuard tests provided to Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in traditional Medicare, which is also referred to as Medicare Fee for Service. Medicare Advantage plans are required by the recent national coverage decision to reimburse for the Cologuard test. Out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Advantage enrollees will be determined by the specific details of their respective plans.

“We are pleased with the final reimbursement rate for Cologuard,” said Kevin T. Conroy, chairman and chief executive of Exact Sciences. “We appreciate the work done by the team at CMS to make this important noninvasive colorectal cancer screening option available to the millions of patients covered by Medicare.”

About Exact Sciences Corp.

Exact Sciences Corp. (EXAS) is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its noninvasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. Stool DNA technology is included in the colorectal cancer screening guidelines of the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer. For more information, please visit the company's website at, follow us on Twitter @ExactSciences or find us on Facebook.

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Source: Exact Sciences

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