Virtual colonoscopy advocates, CMS meet to discuss Medicare coverage

Representatives from the American College of Radiology met with officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week to discuss Medicare coverage for virtual colonoscopies, reports. The procedure was denied coverage in 2009 when CMS determined that it was not as effective for beneficiaries ages 65 and older; they also pointed out that polyp removal couldn't take place during a virtual procedure. Radiation dose also was a concern in 2009 according to Judy Yee, a professor of radiology at the University of California, San Francisco and chair of the ACR's Colon Cancer Committee. "We went through new evidence and talked about the specific areas that they had concerns about last time," Yee told "Specifically, we talked about radiation dose, performance in a Medicare patient population--we presented four new studies--and extracolonic findings." Yee added that the CMS panel was "cooperative." Article

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