The American Medical Association will work with McKesson Corp. to develop a common way of identifying and tracking molecular or genetic diagnostic tests.

More than 3,000 molecular and genetic diagnostics are marketed for clinical use, according to the organizations. McKesson since 2011 has offered the McKesson Diagnostics Exchange, an online catalog that enables labs and diagnostics manufacturers to submit information about specific molecular tests, so providers and insurers can understand them. The exchange issues a unique “Z-Code Identifier” to each test and catalogs it for reference.

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