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Editor's e-Note
Although it has been available since the early 1990s, CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) has been slow to catch on. Through turf wars and reimbursement battles, the test has soldiered on, and now that it’s been included among the accepted screening tests for colorectal cancer in the most recent United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations—meaning that private insurance payers will have to fully reimburse for it—patients may finally view it as viable option. Read more about it in this month’s E-News Exclusive.

— Dave Yeager, editor
e-News Exclusive
USPSTF Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendations
Are a Victory for Patients

Final United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) colorectal cancer screening recommendations assigned an “A” grade to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in those aged 50 to 75 years and provided a list of recognized screening exams. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) would now require private insurers to fully cover with no copay all of these USPSTF-recognized CRC screening exams—including CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy). Medicare should now recognize this overall “A” grade and provide full coverage for CT colonography.

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