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Health Agencies Update
March 24/31, 2015

Medicare Covers Lung Cancer Screening for Certain Beneficiaries

JAMA. 2015;313(12):1199. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.1655

Effective February 5, 2015, Medicare will cover lung cancer screenings once per year with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for Medicare beneficiaries aged 55 to 77 years who either are current smokers or have quit smoking within the last 15 years (http://go.cms.gov/16IGm3E). These patients must have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years and receive a written order from a physician or qualified nonphysician practitioner.

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