The Lung Cancer Screening Program Toolkit

5 steps to get from inception to excellence

We’ve seen the number of lung cancer screening programs triple in the last three years—but we've also seen that it's tough to get it right. Many programs have been stymied by low volumes, poor reimbursement, and the challenge of managing patients’ suspicious findings.

Here’s everything you need to build a stronger lung screening program. Whether you have already launched one or are starting from scratch, explore each step below to get best practices and practical tools.

1. Evaluate your opportunity

Lung screening is a much bigger investment than just equipment and radiologist time. See how to develop a proposal to start a lung cancer screening program, understand the resources needed to sustain it, and assemble a team to lead program development and operations.

Featured tools: program readiness checklist, resource benchmarking grid, program coordinator job description and training agenda, screening program flow maps

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2. Establish program infrastructure

Make sure you are identifying high-risk patients who will benefit from screening, educating patients about screening and its associated radiation exposure risks, and investing in infrastructure to help you manage follow-up communication and incidental findings post-screening.

Featured tools: screening criteria table, patient intake form, guide to high-risk ICD-9 codes, patient marketing and follow-up materials

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3. Grow volumes

Low patient volumes are the biggest obstacle to lung cancer screening program success. Learn how to market your program—target referring physicians, differentiate your services to patients, and promote them to community organizations and employers.

Featured tools: referring physician marketing deck, lung screening script pad, smoking cessation resources, employer marketing email template

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4. Demonstrate program value

At first blush, lung cancer screening might not seem like an attractive investment, but there are actually many ways to demonstrate the potential and actual return on a screening program.

Featured tool: lung cancer screening reimbursement primer, lung cancer screening volume and revenue calculator

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5. Achieve screening program excellence

As competition for patients intensifies, programs will need to distinguish themselves from their competitors. Both the American College of Radiology and the Lung Cancer Alliance have outlined the requirements for a “best-in-class” lung cancer screening program.

Featured tool: crosswalk mapping designation requirements to available resources

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Evaluate your organization’s lung screening opportunity