publication date: Nov. 14, 2014
CT screening of the lungs of current and former heavy smokers is about to become a Medicare benefit.
A proposed decision published Nov. 10 has inserted some unprecedented conditions into its decision to cover screening:
Beneficiaries would have to go through counseling, and health professionals would be required to provide documentation that “shared decision-making” took place. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has never mandated shared decision-making as a gateway to paying for a service.
Brawley: CMS Got it Right in Lung Cancer Screening Decision
This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule stating that the scientific evidence was sufficient to support reimbursement for counseling on the risks and benefits of lung cancer screening as well as lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomography in high risk individuals and once per year. CMS will pay for such services when provided to beneficiaries at high risk for lung cancer and when provided by physicians and centers with specific qualifications.
CPRIT Sets Funding Priorities For Rare and Pediatric Cancers
The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas is adding rare cancers and childhood cancers to its list of funding priorities, according to a draft program report.
The Texas legislature requires the oversight committee of the $300 million state-funded program to establish funding priorities on an annual basis. This is the first time these priorities are articulated and vetted in a public setting, officials say.
CDC: About 8 Million Women Skipped Cervical Cancer Screening in the Past 5 Years
About eight million women ages 21 to 65 years have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of new cervical cancer cases occur among women who have never or rarely been screened.
2015 Breakthrough Prize Winners Announced at Gala
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation announced the recipients of its prizes in life sciences and fundamental physics, who will receive awards of $3 million.
Susan O’Brien to move to UC Irvine Health
Rosemarie Henson named senior vice president for prevention and early detection of the American Cancer Society
Michael Bishop to receive award from the Van Andel Research Institute
Antje Hoering named CEO of Cancer Research and Biostatistics
Nancy Hesse named chief nursing officer of Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Kathleen Green appointed associate director of basic sciences research at Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Nancy Weigel named editor-in-chief of the journal Hormones and Cancer
American Society of Clinical Oncology forms new clinical affairs department
Community Oncology Alliance publishes report on closings of cancer clinics
Harrington Discovery Institute and University of Oxford form affiliation
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Astellas Pharma Inc. announce three-year collaboration
AstraZeneca, Pharmacyclics Inc., and Janssen Research & Development LLC to collaborate on MEDI4736 and Imbruvica trials