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Screening Coverage Receives Strong Backing by Leading Medical, Public Health and Health Equity Experts

March 12, 2014--Today, Lung Cancer Alliance joined with the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in formally requesting Medicare to cover lung cancer screening for those at high risk. In a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the three organizations jointly made a strong case for coverage, citing the increased risk for lung cancer among the Medicare population and the need for equitable access to the life-saving benefit of CT screening. Other organizations joined in support of the  position taken by LCA, ACR and STS, including:

  • Academy of Radiology Research
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Radiology
  • American Board of Radiology Foundation
  • American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer
  • American Roentgen Ray Society
  • American Society for Radiation Oncology
  • Association of University Radiologists
  • Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay, Ohio
  • Fleischner Society
  • Global Institute of Public Health, New York University
  • Henry Ford Medical Group
  • Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina
  • Houston Methodist Hospital - Houston Methodist Research Institute Lung Cancer Screening Program
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
  • International Early Lung Cancer Action Program
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
  • Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Lung Cancer Screening Program
  • Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care
  • National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • National Jewish Health Lung Cancer Screening CT Program
  • Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Penn Lung Center of the University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments
  • Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance
  • Society of Thoracic Radiology
  • The University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Upstate Medical University
  • WellStar Health System

Lung Cancer Alliance also developed broad support from our nation’s leading medical and health equity experts who are on the front lines ensuring equitable access to responsible screening and follow up. These leaders send a strong signal of the magnitude of support for ensuring this benefit reach those who need it most. We thank the following organizations for supporting the coverage of lung cancer screening:

“We are heartened to see the depth and breadth of leading experts who have come to a broad and strong consensus on lung cancer screening coverage. We know CMS will find this information of great value as they continue through the determination process,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose.

The public comment period at this point in the process has closed. The next step will be a public MedCAC meeting on April 30th where a coverage recommendation vote will take place. This is a non-binding recommendation and will kick off the final analysis period. We will receive a draft decision memo in November 2014 with another public comment period before the final decision is announced in February 2015.