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Anybody Worried About Lung Cancer?

Anybody Worried About Lung Cancer?

On February 10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it updated its lung cancer screening eligibility guidelines for people covered by Medicare to be similar to the USPSTF guidelines (CMS guidelines are for ages 50-77 instead of the USPSTF guidelines of ages 50-80). As a result of the Affordable Care Act, most private insurance plans are required to cover lung cancer screening for those now at high risk under the USPSTF criteria for plan years beginning after March… read more

A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

So, 3 years ago when I was 81 my doctor did order a scan and they did find cancer and I have had it radiated (killed), and I get to go on living without fear. All they want to do is control their cost by saying "They are so old they are going to die of something soon so why pay to screen for cancer?" I don't know about you, but I just don't like that kind of thinking.

posted 13 days ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

The reason you were denied is because you quit smoking 30 years ago and you're 84 years old. The thinking (whether it makes sense to you or not is irrelevant) is that if you quit 30 years ago and you're 84 now, if you were going to get lung cancer you would have gotten it long since. If your doc orders a CT scan because he sees a reason to do so, Medicare should cover it. It won't necessarily be the low-dose screening one, but if a CT scan is prescribed, they should pay.

posted 18 days ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

Your a walking talking miracle .Usually if your Dr request sosmething and let’s them know you can call them .I actually called the wrong number and this young man explained the process to me and he said I will order it now but I’m not supposed tod be talking to you .😊

posted 13 days ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

Enjoy your life and worry about nothing. My mom worried and worried me. Always saying she was going to die. She lived to 93 and my father's mother to 104. We go when the good Lord takes us. Now quality of life is important. We need to strive to be as well as can be and be of service to others. I believe that is what we are here on earth for

posted 18 days ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

SO, that's a Good thing right?
I may have read it all too fast, but here's what I saw:

** Lung cancer screenings **

** Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers lung cancer screenings with Low Dose Computed Tomography once each year if you meet all of these conditions:
∆ You’re age 50-77.
∆ You don’t have signs or symptoms of lung cancer (asymptomatic).
∆ You’re either a current smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.
∆. You have a tobacco smoking history of at least 20 “pack years” (an average of one pack (20 cigarettes) per day for 20 years).
∆ You get an order from your doctor.
NOTE: ** Your costs in Original Medicare
∆ You pay nothing for this service if your doctor accepts assignment.

Your doctor would have to order the scans IF he thought something exists. You have likely had CTs (and xRays) for other reasons within the last few years and nothing was indicated on the report(s), like Nodules.
IMHO, The Docs are not looking for extra problems these days unless is necessary. The cigarette industry had us worried about lung cancer, and it's not as common as we were led to believe. LIES! They should have been forced to warn US more about Emphysema and this COPD instead.
Enjoy your golf!!

edited, originally posted 18 days ago
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