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Issued last week, the guidance said insurers were not required to reimburse such testing, which could impact coverage in schools, workplaces, and other settings.

With students and faculty scheduled to return in a few months, institutions are reaching out to secure testing to help keep the virus in check on campus.

Launched by both national labs and regional and specialty firms, the offerings provide testing as well as guidance on how to best structure testing programs.

The test does not require thermal cycling and uses a colorimetric readout, making it more amenable to high-throughput automation and rapid scale-up, the company said.

Color is opening a lab dedicated to SARS-CoV-2 testing and adapting its software infrastructure to enable physicians to order tests and return results.

Many companies and counselors see the COVID-19 pandemic as a catalyst for moving germline risk testing into a digital-first healthcare model.

After pilot programs showed patients and physicians are interested in genomics, NorthShore is working on "hardwiring" genetics into routine care.

The financing round comes as Color expands its partnerships with healthcare systems and builds out a national genetic counseling resource for NIH's All of Us program.

Despite the step-up in FDA action against labs offering PGx tests, the success of these programs suggests that access to them isn't being stifled as some feared.

Within the program, Ochsner is hoping to improve preventive care in certain cancer and cardiac conditions with information from genetic tests performed by Color.

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