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When Does Medicare Cover Mammograms?

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

From: healthline.com Yearly mammograms are an important screening tool in the early detection of breast cancer. If you have Medicare Part B or a Medicare Advantage plan, both screening and diagnostic mammograms are covered under your plan. However, there may be different coverage levels and out-of-pocket costs depending on your plan and medical situation. In this article, we’ll explore when …

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Medicare Expands Coverage for Hologic’s Biotheranostics Breast Cancer Test

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By: Staff Reporter From: genomeweb.com Hologic on Monday announced that its subsidiary, Biotheranostics, has received broader Medicare coverage for its Breast Cancer Index test under an expanded Medicare local coverage determination. Marlborough, Massachusetts-based Hologic said that the Breast Cancer Index test is now covered for post-menopausal women diagnosed with early-stage node-positive, non-relapsed, estrogen receptor and/or progesterone receptor positive, HER2 negative …

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As Cancer Survivors Increase, Hardships Remain

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By: Gaby Galvin From: usnews.com A growing and aging population will lead to more people who have battled the disease, highlighting a need for stronger support for survivors. The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. is set to rise by more than 5 million by 2030, according to a new analysis from the American Cancer Society. Researchers estimate more …

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One Small Step for National Insurers, One Giant Leap for Women’s Health

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ADDISON, Texas (Aug. 31, 2016) – August 23 was a monumental day for women and women’s breast health, reported Solis Mammography. Cigna announced that they would begin providing insurance coverage for 3D mammograms, effective immediately, becoming the first national private insurer to cover 3D mammograms. Medicare announced coverage in January 2015, and for the past 20 months, certain private insurers …

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Medicare Weighs Changes to Controversial Plan on Cancer Meds

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By: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press From: abcnews.go.com Trying to salvage a controversial experiment to confront rising drug costs, the Obama administration Tuesday hinted at modifications to an ambitious plan that would revamp Medicare payments. Affected are those medications administered in a doctor’s office. That includes most chemotherapy drugs, as well as injected and infused drugs for macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis, …

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Medicare Payment Plan on Cancer Drugs Sparks Furious Battle

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By: ricardo alonso-zaldivar, associated press From: go.com A Medicare proposal to test new ways of paying for chemotherapy and other drugs given in a doctor’s office has sparked a furious battle, and cancer doctors are demanding that the Obama administration scrap the experiment. The vehement reaction is raising questions about the government’s ability to tackle high drug costs, the top …

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Radiation Costs Vary Among Medicare Patients with Cancer

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From: UCSD Health Science News Cost of radiation therapy among Medicare patients varied most widely because of factors unrelated to a patient or that person’s cancer, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the Journal of Oncology Practice. Year of diagnosis, location of treatment, clinic type and individual radiation provider accounted for 44 to 61 percent …

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Medicare, Reversing Itself, Will Pay More for an Expensive New Cancer Drug

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By: ROBERT PEAR From: nytimes.com The Obama administration has decided that Medicare will pay for one of the newest, most expensive cancer medications, which costs about $178,000 for a standard course of treatment. Patients, doctors, hospital executives and insurers have expressed concern about the high cost of prescription drugs, especially new cancer medicines and treatments tailored to the genetic characteristics …

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CMS Weighs Expanding Coverage of PET Cancer Scans

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By: Kerry Young From: rollcall.com In the latest round of battles over Medicare payments for positron-emission tomography, or PET, scans, federal officials are considering a request to greatly widen coverage for a form of the test to track whether cancers have spread to the bones. Doctors who oversee a key research body for use of PET scans in cancer patients …