Lung Cancer Screening Approved for Certain Medicare Recipients
In February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the government will start paying for specific Medicare recipients to get lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans. Although many hospitals in Ohio have been offering screening for high risk individuals at a discount, it can still be pricy. This update from Medicare has the potential to make a difference in many people’s lives.
In order to qualify for the Medicare-paid screenings, you must:
- Be between the ages of 55 and 77
- Currently smoke cigarettes or have quit within the past 15 years
- Have smoked an average of a pack a day for at least 30 years
- Have written consent from a doctor for the test
In addition, a doctor must explain the potential harms and benefits of lung cancer screening. The doctor also educates the patient on the harm of tobacco-use.
According to CMS, lung cancer is the third most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Lung cancer is usually found in the later stages of the disease, when recovery is often impossible. With Medicare paying for these high-risk patients to be tested, the potential for catching the disease earlier increases.
If you are a Medicare or Medicaid recipient, you may not be aware of CMS policy changes and how they can benefit you. At Stubbins, Watson & Bryan Co., L.P.A., we are dedicated to helping Ohio clients with Medicare and Medicaid planning. We can keep you informed on policy and law changes to ensure that you are protected. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.