On February 5, 2015 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final ruling on the use of low dose CT for Lung Cancer Screening.
The underlined text below indicates key beneficiary changes from the original C MS proposal last fall. All major changes expanded patient accessibility to lung cancer screening, positively reflecting stakeholder input by physicians, medical centers, medical societies, and patient advocates.
Expanded Beneficiary eligibility criteria:
- Age 55 – 77 years;
- Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer );
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack - years (one pack - year = smoking one pack per day for one year; 1 pack = 20 cigarettes);
- Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years; and
- Receives a written order for LDCT lung cancer screening that meets the following criteria .... [details below] Never publish dirty markup and double check your content before publishing a web article!