Irving, TX, February 15, 2015 - The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced its final decision to provide coverage for computed topography (CT) lung cancer screenings for seniors at risk for developing the disease. With hundreds of thousands of people diagnosed with lung cancer every year, earlier, more effective diagnostic tools are imperative for saving lives. The CT scan for lung cancer is considered to be the most accessible, accurate, and cost-effective test to screen for the disease and, as a result, has been proven to save lives. Providing coverage for this significant test, says Dr. Gregory Echt, puts a potentially life-saving test in the hands of the people who need it the most.
“This absolutely changes the face of lung cancer care,” says Dr. Echt. “Medicare has made truly significant testing available to seniors, covering a test that may otherwise be unaffordable for many; and, in so doing, they will be saving thousands of people every year from a death due to lung cancer.”
Medicare will cover a CT lung cancer screening for those who meet particular high risk criteria including those who are 55-77 years old who have a history of smoking 30 packs a year and who currently still smoke or have quit smoking within the past 15 years. Providers of the lung cancer CT scan will be required to submit both clinical and follow-up data to an approved registry. The American College of Radiology (ACR) Lung Cancer Screening Registry - currently in the process of gaining approval from the CMS - works with its providers to meet compliance in registry reporting. As a result, patients who meet the risk criteria for lung cancer are encouraged to visit ACR accredited lung cancer screening facilities such as PET/CT of Las Colinas in North Texas.
“We understand that accurate imaging can make all the difference in a patient’s healthcare and in the case of lung cancer screening, accurate imaging can save lives,” says Dr. Echt. “We are thrilled that Medicare has made the decision to cover lung cancer screening. As an ACR accredited facility, we are proud to serve our community and we look forward to continuing to provide patients with the services they need when they need it most.”
PET/CT Las Colinas is a full-service imaging facility offering state-of-the-art diagnostic technology including Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Computed Tomography (CT), and the Amyvid brain scan an important tool used in the detection of Alzheimer's disease.
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