Lung Screenings for Qualified Individuals Covered by CKHS Advantage PLUS
Are you worried about your risk of lung cancer? Wellness Works wants Crozer-Keystone employees to know that lung screenings for eligible men and women are now covered by the CKHS Advantage PLUS medical plan.
Lung cancer is the number-one cause of cancer deaths in the United States for both men and women, and 85 percent of these deaths can be attributed to smoking. Delaware County has the third-highest lung cancer rate of any county in the state. A recent New England Journal of Medicine study shows that screening high-risk patients using a low-dose CT scan can detect lung tumors early and can reduce mortality rates by 20 percent for smokers.
As you may be aware, Crozer-Keystone Health System has developed a Lung Screening Program using low-dose CT scans. The program follows the high-risk inclusion criteria as established by the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial. This screening is covered by AmeriHealth Administrators. The screening is 100 percent covered for those who participate in the CKHS Advantage PLUS medical plan when performed at a CKHS facility. .
• Individuals 55-74 who are current or former smokers with at least a 30 pack year smoking history.
• Former smokers must have quit within the last 15 years.
• Men and women should not have a history of any form of cancer within the last five years.
A physician’s order is needed to be scheduled for the screening. Patients who do not fall into the high-risk group as determined by the evidence from the National Lung Screening Trial will not be eligible for this program.
You can also learn more at http://lungscreening.crozerkeystone.org.
For more information about smoking cessation programs, contact Community Health Education at (610) 447-6009 or visit http://bit.ly/Utxzc7.