KDHHS Regional news

11/4/2016 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 12/16/2016 10:44:20 AM CENTRAL
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KDH updates its Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program

King's Daughters' Health now offers a NEW Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening (LDCT) program.  Unlike a chest x-ray, a CT scan produces a 3-D image of the lungs that provides greater clarity and reveals more details.  A CT is able to detect very small nodules or other abnormalities that could indicate lung cancer in its early - and most treatable - stages.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 55 and 77 years of age. 
  • Be a current smoker OR quit smoking within the past 15 years.
  • Have a 30-pack years or greater history of tobacco smoking. 
  • Have no signs/symptoms of lung cancer.   

Related Notes:
Medicare / Commercial Insurance patients - If you have Medicare or commercial insurance, you must have a written order from your provider to complete the LDCT screening.
Self-Pay (no insurance) patients - If you do no have medical insurance, you are not required to have a written order prior to registering for an LDCT screening (exam).

Frequent Questions & Answers:

  • Free for Medicare Patients?  Yes.  If you meet the eligibility requirements, Medicare will cover the cost of the screening.
  • Will you bill my insurance?  If you have commercial insurance, we will complete a pre-certification to be sure that your insurance will pay for the screening scan.
  • How much does it cost?  If you have commercial insurance, costs may vary depending upon your insurance plan and deductible.  If you do not have medical insurance (self-pay), the cost of the screening will be $88.
  • How will I found out the results?  One of our board-certified radiologists will review your CT exam.  If something abnormal is found, you will be contacted by your primary care provider and/or referring physician/provider.
  • How long does the screening take?  When arriving, plan on about 30 minutes to completed the registration process and another 15 minutes to complete a mandatory questionnaire.  The CT scan itself should only last a few minutes.

Appointments: For Medicare patients and those with commercial insurance, your provider's office will have the screening schedulers contact you to set up an exam date and time.  If you are a self-pay patient (no insurance) you may register through the Direct Access Testing program at the hospital; the cost will be $88, due at the time of registration.  Please note: As self-pay patients arriving for Direct Access Testing will have not have an appointment time, patients will be worked into the CT schedule at the earliest possible time.

Additional information:

  • The LDCT screening exam may only be performed once every 12 months.  For example, if a patient has completed a screening CT in January of 2017, he/she would not be eligible for another screening until January, 2018.
  • The LDCT screening exam may only be repeated at 12-month (or greater) intervals if the previous scan was negative.  Any suspicious finding removes the patient from eligibility for screening follow-ups.  For self-pay patients, the $88 screening fee would no longer apply.  Follow-up CT scans for suspicious or abnormal findings are considered diagnostic and must be ordered by a provider.
  • The LDCT screening exam cannot be performed as a follow-up to an abnormal chest x-ray.  If a chest x-ray has been done and it is abnormal, a follow-up CT would be considered diagnostic and must be ordered by a provider.
  • The LDCT screening exam is performed in the Medical Imaging department at the hospital.  Please call (812) 801-0132 for additional information.

KDH follows national guidelines for its Lung Screening Program. These guidelines were developed by the United States Preventative Services Task Force.