CMS proposes to approve Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

CMS proposes to approve Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

November 13, 2014

Dear  MSN Clients and Friends,

 

Please be aware that CMS has proposed to approve Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening for high risk individuals.  There is no effective date nor allowable amount at this time as CMS is seeking comments on the proposed decision and will respond to public comments in a final decision memorandum, as required by �1862(l)(3) of the Social Security Act.

 

Patients qualifying for screening must be between the ages of 55 and 74, be asymptomatic of lung cancer, have a history of at least 30 pack-years and smoke currently or have quit in the past 15 years. Radiologists performing the exam must be board-certified, accredited and experienced in lung cancer screening interpretation.  The scans themselves must deliver 1.5mSv of radiation or less.

 

For more information see the proposed decision here.  If you would like to comment on the proposal, you will find a link to the CMS comment page here.