News | July 23, 2012

New Study Answers CMS/USPSTF Concerns for CT Colonography Screening Reimbursement: It is a Viable Option for the Medicare-Aged Population

Viatronix V3D-Colon platform used in key study on virtual colonoscopy/CT colonography

July 23, 2012 — Viatronix Incorp. announced that the stage finally appears set for a reversal of the May 2009 non-coverage decision for screening CT Colongraphy (CTC) by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The latest CTC study, "CT Colonography of a Medicare-Aged Population: Outcomes Observed in an Analysis of More Than 1,400 Patients" (American Journal of Roentgenology, AJR2012; 199:W27-W34), provides good evidence that CT Colonography is an effective screening tool for colorectal cancer in the Medicare-aged population. The lack of Medicare-age specific data on CTC was the primary reason given for CMS' non-coverage decision.

This is the largest CTC study targeting the Medicare-aged population and not only answers the question of efficacy in this age group but addresses the significance of extra-colonic findings and risks of ionizing radiation in these patients, concerns also noted by CMS in their May 2009 decision. Additionally, two companion bills ("CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act of 2012") have been introduced in the Senate (S.2265) and House of Representatives (H.R.4165) to provide Medicare recipients access to CT Colonography as a screening option.  

Every year over 50,000 Americans die from colorectal cancer in the United States and another 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed. Colorectal Cancer is more than 90 percent preventable through early screening, yet only 50 to 60 percent of those people recommended for screening (generally over 50 years of age) are getting screened. People tend to shy away from the traditional optical colonoscopy for their own reasons, i.e., it's invasive, requires sedation, etc… Other studies have shown patients prefer CT Colonography when offered as an alternative for screening. Collectively the authors of this study have screened over 25,000 patients using CT Colonography. 

Screening CT Colonography is currently being reimbursed by insurance carriers in approximately 30 States within the United States. This study adds to the mounting proof that CT Colonography should be added to the list of approved screening services to increase screening compliance and ultimately reduce the number of deaths from colon cancer.

For more information: www.viatronix.com

 

Related Content

Comparison of Screening Recommendations Supports Annual Mammography
News | Mammography | August 22, 2017
When to initiate screening for breast cancer, how often to screen, and how long to screen are questions that continue...
MRI Reveals Striking Brain Differences in People with Genetic Autism

Example images for a control participant , a deletion carrier, and a duplication carrier. In the sagittal image of the deletion carrier, the thick corpus callosum, dens and craniocervical abnormality, and cerebellar ectopia are shown. For the duplication carrier, the sagittal image shows the thin corpus callosum and the axial image shows the increased ventricle size and decreased white matter volume. Image courtesy of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

News | Neuro Imaging | August 09, 2017
August 9, 2017 — In the first major study of its kind, researchers using magnetic...
Clinical Data Supports Use of Xoft System for Endometrial Cancer
News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 03, 2017
Researchers presented clinical data supporting use of the Xoft Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx) System for the...
brain with chronic traumatic injury
News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 02, 2017
Fighters are exposed to repeated mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), which has been associated with neurodegenerative...
NIH-funded scientists have discovered that Parkinson’s disease increases the amount of “free” water in a particular brain area

NIH-funded scientists have discovered that Parkinson’s disease increases the amount of “free” water in a particular brain area. Image courtesy of David Vaillancourt, Ph.D., University of Florida.

News | Neuro Imaging | July 31, 2017
Scientists at the University of Florida have discovered a new method of observing the brain changes caused by Parkinson...
more healthcare providers and patients are choosing options such as Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery
News | Radiation Therapy | July 31, 2017
Each year, up to 650,000 people who were previously diagnosed with various forms of cancer will develop brain...
"Residual Echo" of Ancient Humans May Hold Clues to Mental Disorders

MRI data shows (left) areas of the skull preferentially affected by the amount of Neanderthal-derived DNA and (right) areas of the brain’s visual system in which Neanderthal gene variants influenced cortex folding (red) and gray matter volume (yellow). Image courtesy of Michael Gregory, M.D., NIMH Section on Integrative Neuroimaging

News | Neuro Imaging | July 26, 2017
Researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have produced the first direct evidence that parts of...
New York Hospital Finds Significant Cost Savings With Toshiba’s Aquilion One CT
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 25, 2017
In five years, Kaleida Health’s Stroke Care Center (SCC) at the Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., has realized...
Radiotherapy Prior to Surgery Reduces Secondary Tumor Risk in Early-Stage Breast Cancer Patients
News | Radiation Therapy | July 24, 2017
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers launched a first-of-its-kind study comparing the long-term benefits of radiation...
Overlay Init