MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwired - Jun 19, 2013) - Genetic Technologies Limited (ASX: GTG) (NASDAQ: GENE) is pleased to announce that through its wholly-owned subsidiary Phenogen Sciences Inc. it has executed an agreement with FedMed Inc. of Rockville, Maryland to use the FedMed national provider network.
FedMed Inc. is a national provider network that includes more than 550,000 physicians, 60,000 ancillary care providers and 4,000 hospitals nationwide, with more than 40 million covered lives.
The agreement with FedMed is the seventh such credentialing agreement executed between the Company and similar U.S. Preferred Provider Organisations ("PPOs") and brings the cumulative total number of covered lives for which its BREVAGen™ risk assessment test could be adjudicated as "in-network" to more than 102 million.
As detailed in previous ASX announcements, the positive impact of this credentialing activity has been clearly demonstrated in reviewing reimbursement payments received in respect of the BREVAGen™ test since its launch. As reported by the Company in its March, 2013 Quarterly Activities Report, the average reimbursement received in respect of claims that were adjudicated as "in-network", was more than 25% higher than the amounts received in respect of claims that were adjudicated as "out of network," with the time taken to collect the funds also being materially shorter.
Credentialing contracts have now been executed between the Company and FedMed Inc., MultiPlan Network, Three Rivers Provider Network, Prime Health Services, National Preferred Provider Network / PlanCare America / Ohio Preferred Provider Network LLC (NPPN / OPPN), Galaxy Health Network, and Fortified Provider Network.
The Company is now pursuing additional agreements with other PPOs in order to further extend access to an increased number of covered lives.
About Genetic Technologies Limited
Genetic Technologies was an early pioneer in recognizing important new applications for "non-coding" DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid). The Company has since been granted patents in 24 countries around the world, securing intellectual property rights for particular uses of non-coding DNA in genetic analysis and gene mapping across all genes in all species. Its business strategy is the global commercialization of its patents through an active out-licensing program and the global expansion of its oncology and cancer management diagnostics portfolio. Genetic Technologies is an ASX and NASDAQ listed company with operations in the USA and Australia. For more information, please visit www.gtglabs.com.
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