CMS says yes to CT lung cancer screening for seniors
Bucking a negative assessment from its own appointed panel, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today approved CT lung cancer screening for Medicare recipients, saying the evidence is sufficient to justify screening high-risk individuals until the age of 74 years. Click here to read the rest of the article.
The Lung Cancer Program at BID-Plymouth allows people living on the South Shore and Cape Cod to receive high-quality care from experienced specialists using the latest equipment and techniques—while remaining close to their homes, work, and support systems.
BID-Plymouth is one of the first community hospitals in the country to offer low dose, non-contrast lung CT scans for patients that meet the criteria outlined in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines. Patients will be charged $250 for the screening. Currently, insurance providers are not covering this screening.
To be considered you must meet the following criteria, please consider a low dose, non-contrast lung CT:
Current or former smoker, age 55-74
At least a 30 pack year smoking history
If a former smoker, patient must have quit in past 15 years