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Technology Evaluation
Center (TEC)


June 2014



The following Assessments were acted on at the June 10, 2014, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Medical Advisory Panel (MAP) meeting. 

  • Use of Noninvasive Imaging to Detect Liver Fibrosis and Cirrhosis Among Patients With Chronic
    Hepatitis C
    • The MAP concluded that use of noninvasive imaging (elastography) to detect liver fibrosis or cirrhosis among patients with chronic hepatitis C does not meet the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Technology Evaluation Center (TEC) criteria.


September 2014


The following Assessments were acted on at the September 18, 2014, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Medical Advisory Panel (MAP) meeting. 

  • Gene Expression Analysis for Prostate Cancer Management
    • The MAP concluded that use of the Prolaris or the Oncotype Dx Prostate gene expression analysis test to guide treatment decisions in men with newly diagnosed, localized prostate cancer does not meet the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Technology Evaluation Center (TEC) criteria.
  • Endovascular Treatments for Acute Ischemic Stroke in Adults
    • The MAP concluded that use of endovascular treatments for acute ischemic stroke in adults does not meet the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Technology Evaluation Center (TEC) criteria.
  •  Special Report: Cost-Effectiveness Studies of New Hepatitis C Treatments
    • The MAP voted to approve publication of this draft TEC Special Report.

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