ACS National Consortium Announces 9 Ways to Increase Cancer Screenings

ACS National Consortium Announces 9 Ways to Increase Cancer Screenings

  The American Cancer Society’s National Consortium for Cancer Screening and Care (ACS National Consortium) announced on February 16, 2022, nine recommendations to increase cancer screening levels back to pre-pandemic levels. Evidence indicates that delayed and missed screenings result in more later-stage cancer diagnoses. Cancer screening rates are still below pre-pandemic levels, and the nation…

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Texas Physicians Win In No Surprises Act Law Suit

Texas Physicians Win In No Surprises Act Law Suit

A  U.S. district court judge granted the Texas Medical Association’s motion for summary judgment agreeing that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ’s interpretation of the No Surprises Act did not line up with the law, as written, and as Congress intended. The ruling came on February 23, 2022. Judge Jeremy Kernodle concurred…

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COVID-Delayed Screenings Increase Late-Stage Breast Cancer Diagnoses

COVID-Delayed Screenings Increase Late-Stage Breast Cancer Diagnoses

The National Cancer Institute, in June 2020, expressed fears that declines in cancer screenings and delays in treatment due to the COVID-19 pandemic could contribute to an increase in rates of advanced cancer diagnoses and deaths through 2030. A recent study was led by Jade Zifei Zhou, MD, Ph.D., a hematology/oncology fellow at Moores Cancer…

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CMS Expands LDCT Screening for Lung Cancer

CMS Expands LDCT Screening for Lung Cancer

CMS announced on February 10 their final decision for coverage of low-dose CT lung cancer screenings. The new guidelines lower the screening age from 55 to 50 and reduce the smoking history pack years from 30 to 20. The decision expands eligibility for Medicare beneficiaries so that those from age 50 up to 77 and…

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