The American College of Radiology (ACR) has collaborated with the Lung Cancer Alliance and the Society of Thoracic Surgeon in a letter commenting on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) draft research plan for an upcoming five-year review of its lung cancer screening recommendations.
The task force published a draft research plan as the first step in the scheduled review. The letter from the ACR and its coalition partners encourages USPSTF to evaluate lung cancer screening from objective information reflecting current studies and real-world implementation experience for the benefit of those at high risk.
The USPSTF’s current recommendations, published in December 2013, support the use of lung cancer screening with low-dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) as a preventive health service for people who meet certain high-risk criteria.
As an arm of Health and Human Services, USPSTF is an independent body established by the federal government to evaluate preventive health services. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires private health insurers to provide, without patient cost-sharing, all preventive services that earn grades of A or B in USPSTF recommendations.