March 4, 2021
Two of the leading tests on the market for at-home colon cancer screening are Cologuard (DNA fecal immunochemical test or FIT) and standard FIT kits.
What’s the difference between Cologuard and FIT kits?
Why is Cologuard more expensive for Premera members?
Premera pays for a large cost share of the Cologuard test, however Exact Sciences Laboratories, the only company that offers the Cologuard test, balance bills our members for about $200, depending on the member’s health plan.
Is Cologuard more accurate than a traditional FIT Kit?
No. Cologuard includes a patented DNA test unique to the market. However, Cologuard often results in false positives for abnormal DNA markers that aren’t explained by subsequent colonoscopy findings. False positives that aren’t explained by colonoscopy findings may generate unnecessary ongoing surveillance or anxiety for patients.
FIT and FOBT tests are accurate and cost-effective at-home screening options
The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and fecal immunochemical test (FIT) are both recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for at-home colon cancer screenings. Although these tests are recommended annually, the total cost of annual FIT/FOBT tests remains less expensive than a single Cologuard test every 3 years. You can discuss both options with your patients.
We encourage you to support colon cancer prevention and keep cost information in mind when recommending at-home colon cancer screening to your patients.
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