Low Dose CT Screening for Smokers
Lung Cancer Screening & Treatment – Web Chat
Drs. Gaughan and Sundermeyer explained who should be screened for lung cancer and the technology available at Abington Health to diagnose lung cancer like endobronchial ultrasound during this interactive online chat. For those with a lung cancer diagnosis, the physicians explained the options available for treatment including minimally invasive surgery, stereotactic body radiosurgery, genomic testing and more.
Abington Health offers screening for lung cancer at five convenient locations.
The use of low-dose, CT scans of the chest has been shown to reduce lung cancer deaths. The purpose of a CT screening test is to identify the presence of cancer in individuals before they demonstrate any symptoms.
To qualify for lung cancer screening, you must meet the following criteria:
- Age 55 to 74
- Current smoker or smoker who has quit within the last 15 years
- 30 pack/year history of smoking (for example, one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years)
Health Insurance Coverage
Most private medical insurance plans are covering the cost, but Medicare and Medicare-based plans are not. Call your insurance company to verify coverage. Please provide them with the CPT and assessment codes below.
- CPT code 71250 (CT of the thorax)
- Assessment code V15.82 (Personal History of Tobacco Use)
Once your doctor provides a prescription for the test and, if required by your insurance plan, the appropriate precertification has been acquired from your primary care physician, call Abington Health’s Central Scheduling line at 215-481-EXAM (3926) to schedule the test at a convenient Abington Health location:
- Abington Memorial Hospital
- Lansdale Hospital
- Abington Health Center – Schilling (Willow Grove)
- Abington Health Center – Warminster
- Abington Health Center – Blue Bell
The best way to prevent lung cancer caused by tobacco use is to never start or to quit smoking. For more information on how to quit smoking, call Abington Health’s Smoking Cessation Program at 215-481-2204 or 800-QUIT-NOW.
If you have questions, please call 215-481-LUNG (5864).