Lauren Stentz, Oncology Roundtable
A recently-proposed piece of legislation could dramatically change how Medicare covers cost-sharing and reimbursement for colonoscopy screenings.
If accepted, the Supporting Colorectal Examination and Education Now (SCREEN) Act will attempt to encourage colorectal cancer screening among Medicare patients by reducing out-of-pocket costs and by reimbursing providers based on their diagnostic results rather than the quantity of exams they provide.
SCREEN act would reduce patient costs for colorectal screenings
As you know, the Roundtable has been tracking emergence of clinical pathways in medical oncology. (See this blog post for more information.) While adoption remains low, the evidence in support of pathways is growing.
On-pathway treatment of colon cancer improves outcomes reduces costs