The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to cover lung cancer screening with the help of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). Several other medical societies such as the lung Cancer Alliance and the American College of Chest Alliance supported this verdict.
The CMS clearly stated that the service would be merely offered to heavy smokers who are in the age group of 55-80. The medical authorities will judge the person with the 30 year pack smoking formula. It is based on the amount of packs a person smokes in a day.
The U.S Preventive Task force recommends annual screening for lung cancer for senior American patients. It is an independent board of experts that gives health related suggestions to the U.S department of Health and Human Services.
The officials believe that this particular action will help in the early diagnose of this disease. Moreover, it will hopefully reduce the mortality rate up to 14 percent.
In April, Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) were not in the favor of this decision. It emphasized that Medicare should bear the expense of annual screen tests for lung cancer. The Medicare informed that it would make use of a low-dose CT for the people who are at a great risk of this deadly disease.
The vote of MEDCAC gave birth to some serious reactions from the Health services, professional panels and patient societies. Almost 40 medical bodies forced MEDCAC to offer coverage for older people.