ACR urges Congressional support for CT colonography

Several members of the U.S. Congress are showing support for the American College of Radiology's campaign to persuade the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to cover CT colonography (CTC, or virtual colonoscopy) as a screening exam for colorectal cancer.

The ACR, American Gastroenterological Association, and several patient groups are lobbying lawmakers to send letters to CMS. Reps. Kay Granger (R-TX) and Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) drafted a letter signed by 32 members of Congress, urging CMS Acting Administrator Charlene Frizzera to reverse a February proposal not to cover CT colonography.

"We fully support national Medicare coverage of CTC as an acceptable minimally invasive screening test and an additional valuable tool in our arsenal for detecting and preventing colorectal cancer," the letter reads.

Related Reading

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MedCAC panel members question VC's effectiveness, November 25, 2008

Gastroenterologists embrace VC screening, with caveats, October 28, 2008

CMS announces VC evidence meeting, September 26, 2008

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