Medicare Plans To Cover Lung Cancer Screening In High-Risk Groups

CMS has proposed covering annual, low-dose computed tomography screening for lung cancer in patients at high risk. In order to be eligible for screening, patients must meet the following criteria:

  • Current smoker or smoker who has quit in the past 15 years
  • 30 pack-year history or equivalent
  • Aged 55-74

In order to be screened, patients will need to undergo counseling to discuss the risks and benefits of screening and smoking cessation.

Medicare is expected to release its final rule in February.

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