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CMS Adds PET Scan Tumor Coverage


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will cover positron emission tomography (PET) scans for evaluation of brain, cervical, ovarian, pancreatic and testicular cancers, among others. The physician ordering the scan must participate in a "high quality" clinical study or submit information to a PET database, CMS says.

Medicare coverage will become effective when CMS' working group of oncologists and others finishes putting the PET database together. CMS wants to be able to ensure physicians are using the PET data accurately and appropriately in patient management.