Medicare Could Cover Some Lung Cancer Screenings
The proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could gain approval in February.By Matt Moreno | November 11, 2014
Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the U.S., and although many private insurers pay for screenings, Medicare doesn't. But that could change.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the proposal Monday and the hope is, if approved, it will help detect early stages of lung cancer in older patients. The scans can cost anywhere from $100 to $400.
According to the memo, eligible candidates should be 55-74 years old and in fairly good health, either still smoke or quit smoking within the past 15 years and have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history. Basically, someone who smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years has a 30 pack-year smoking history.