Keeping Up the Good Fight on CT Colonography

Dr. YEEThis post was contributed by Judy Yee, MD, chair of the American College of Radiology Colon Cancer Committee.

The American College of Radiology continues to press for wider private insurer coverage for screening CT Colonography (CTC or Virtual Colonoscopy) even as we work with patient and provider groups to secure Medicare coverage for CTC. Leaders from radiology, gastroenterology and patient advocacy will be holding a Congressional Briefing on Virtual Colonoscopy on September 12 in Washington DC.

Just this week, our efforts with private insurers resulted in another successful outcome.  Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of South Carolina is now among the growing list of private insurance companies that cover CTC to screen for colorectal cancer.

Largely due to ACR-led efforts, 37 states require insurance policies to cover virtual colonoscopy. Insurers that take part in federal exchanges are required by the Affordable Care Act to cover the exam with no patient cost sharing. CIGNA, Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and others cover the test irrespective of ACA requirements.

You can help in this effort. I urge you to visit the ACR Colon Cancer Resources page. Use the tools and information there to show your referring providers how CT colonography can help attract their patients of screening age to get tested.

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