The ACR and others urged the CMS to open a national coverage analysis of its reimbursement policies shortly after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in March lowered the initial age and smoking history requirements for screening.
In a May 18 announcement, the CMS said it was reopening its coverage policy for CT lung screening in response to the USPSTF change, as well as in response to a request from the ACR and other groups.
The CMS is accepting comments through June 17, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on its website. The ACR will provide comments to CMS during the 30-day comment period. The ACR anticipates CMS will issue a proposed decision memo by November 18. A final coverage analysis will be completed by February 16, 2022.
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