November 18, 2016

Kazerooni Takes Part in National Cancer Policy Forum LCS Workshop

Ella Kazerooni, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Lung Cancer Screening Committee and ACR Thoracic Imaging Panel, took part in a National Cancer Policy Forum (NCPF) workshop on lung cancer screening implementation. The ACR is a member organization of the NCPF.

At the workshop, experts discussed the current evidence base for lung cancer screening, best practices for screening programs, and incorporation of shared decision making and smoking cessation services in screening. They also discussed assessment of patient outcomes, quality, and value in lung cancer screening programs and research needs that could improve implementation efforts.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has released a pre-publication of the meeting proceedings titled, "Implementation of Lung Cancer Screening: Proceedings of a Workshop."

As you may know, the ACR has partnered with members of Congress and more than 80 patient advocacy groups, medical associations and health care systems in opposition to drastic lung cancer screening reimbursement cuts in the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) final rule.

These cuts may drastically impact the proliferation of lung cancer screening programs that are only now getting off the ground. The ACR continues to seek out legislative and regulatory opportunities to roll back these drastic cuts. We will keep you informed of any development on this issue.