CombiMatrix Notes Decision by Health Care Service Corporation to Reimburse for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Testing

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CombiMatrix Corporation (NASDAQ:CBMX), a family health molecular diagnostics company specializing in DNA-based reproductive health and pediatric testing services, notes that Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) has issued a medical policy to include reimbursement for chromosomal microarray analysis for the evaluation of pregnancy loss. HCSC is the largest customer-owned health insurance company in the United States. HCSC operates through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

“There are now at least 20 health insurance providers this year that have revised their medical policies to include coverage for recurrent pregnancy loss testing,” said Mark McDonough, President and Chief Executive Officer of CombiMatrix. “The accumulation of clinical data supporting the use of microarray analysis in providing important information to women who have suffered multiple miscarriages is certainly a supporting factor in these revised coverage decisions. We are especially pleased to report that 5 additional Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in states where we continue to have commercial success have decided in favor of coverage. We expect this positive coverage decision trend to continue.

“Miscarriage analysis testing is a key part of our business and we are seeing the initial benefits of these coverage decisions,” McDonough added. “We reported a 33% revenue increase from miscarriage analysis testing for the first half of this year driven mainly by higher average revenue per test, which is in part related to these favorable coverage decisions. We are very encouraged by these trends and with the healthcare plans’ decision based on the data and evidence to cover a test that adds tremendous value to clinicians and to grieving parents who benefit from the information that microarray testing can provide.”

About CombiMatrix Corporation

CombiMatrix Corporation provides valuable molecular diagnostic solutions and comprehensive clinical support to foster the highest quality in patient care. CombiMatrix specializes in pre-implantation genetic diagnostics and screening, miscarriage analysis, prenatal and pediatric diagnostics, offering DNA-based testing for the detection of genetic abnormalities beyond what can be identified through traditional methodologies. CombiMatrix performs genetic testing utilizing a variety of advanced cytogenomic techniques, including chromosomal microarray, standardized and customized fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and high-resolution karyotyping. CombiMatrix is dedicated to providing high-level clinical support for healthcare professionals in order to help them incorporate the results of complex genetic testing into patient-centered medical decision making. Additional information about CombiMatrix is available at or by calling (800) 710-0624.

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Company Contact:
Mark McDonough
President & CEO, CombiMatrix Corporation
(949) 753-0624
Investor Relations Contact:
Jody Cain
(310) 691-7100

Source:CombiMatrix Corporation