Patient, provider groups petition Congress to pass Medicare virtual colonoscopy coverage: 4 insights

Major colorectal cancer care advocacy groups are petitioning Congress to pass HR 1298 — the CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act.

Here's what you should know.

1. Medicare will cover CT colonography screenings if the bill passes.

2. The advocacy groups reference several studies showing CTC use increases screening rates and lowers hospital costs.

3. Colon Cancer Alliance President and CEO Michael Sapienza said CTC coverage would motivate the unscreened population.

4. House Reps. Danny Davis, D-Ill, and Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, introduced the bill.

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