Next week, CMS' Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee will consider arguments calling for national Medicare coverage of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for patients with histories of significant smoking who are at high risk for lung cancer. According to proponents of the change in coverage, at stake in the April 30 MedCAC meeting are the lives of literally thousands of Americans. 

The American College of Radiology (ACR), the Lung Cancer Alliance, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and 38 other medical organizations are urging CMS to provide full national coverage for high-risk patients per the December 2013 recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

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