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On Friday, October 25, 2013 Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) formally requested that the Center for Medicare Services (CMS) commence its National Coverage Determination (NCD) process for lung cancer screening using low dose CT scans. LCA issued the request in anticipation of the release of the final recommendation by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which we hope is completed by the end of this year. According to the USPSTF's draft recommendations, current or former smokers between age 55 and 79 with a 30-pack year smoking history should be screened for lung cancer. A substantial percentage of this USPSTF population is the Medicare population.
Our request highlights indisputable scientific evidence from studies and trials that show lung cancer screening will save tens of thousands of lives each year at a cost per life saved that is lower than other screenings currently covered by CMS. Additionally, we provide information on LCA’s National Framework of Lung Screening Excellence and Continuum of Care, launched in February 2012, to provide guidance for both consumers at risk as well as medical centers offering care. Our hope is that, with extensive scientific evidence and a growing number of medical centers under the National Framework, the NCD will move forward as expeditiously as possible.
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