Offering lung cancer screening to high-risk medicare beneficiaries saves lives and is cost-effective: an actuarial analysis.

@article{Pyenson2014OfferingLC,
  title={Offering lung cancer screening to high-risk medicare beneficiaries saves lives and is cost-effective: an actuarial analysis.},
  author={Bruce S. Pyenson and Claudia I. Henschke and David F. Yankelevitz and Rowena Yip and Ellynne Dec},
  journal={American health & drug benefits},
  year={2014},
  volume={7 5},
  pages={272-82}
}
BACKGROUND By a wide margin, lung cancer is the most significant cause of cancer death in the United States and worldwide. The incidence of lung cancer increases with age, and Medicare beneficiaries are often at increased risk. Because of its demonstrated effectiveness in reducing mortality, lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) imaging will be covered without cost-sharing starting January 1, 2015, by nongrandfathered commercial plans. Medicare is considering coverage… CONTINUE READING
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