CMS to cover low-dosage CT screening for lung cancer The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Solutions today recognized the need for lung cancer screening, announcing today that it will cover low-dose computed tomography screening, or ‘CAT’ scans , for high-risk former and current smokers . Your choice validates Mount Sinai's longstanding commitment to providing access to this essential screening device. The decision is largely aligned with the recommendations submitted to CMS in September by a coalition led by Lung Cancers Alliance – – the country's leading and first lung cancer individual advocacy organization, the American University of Radiology and The Culture of Thoracic Surgeons and included nearly 100 other professional societies, public health organizations, medical centers and patient groups.

CMS approves Pennsylvania Medicaid Waiver Program to greatly help residents with autism Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on Thursday announced that CMS earlier this month granted authorization of a waiver plan that allows the state to allocate component of its federal government Medicaid funds toward services for adult citizens with autism, the AP/Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Regarding to Rendell, Pennsylvania may be the first state to get permission to use federal Medicaid funds for providers targeted at autistic adults. The acceptance will authorize Pennsylvania to spend $20 million each year for home and community services to benefit autistic adults, the AP/Inquirer reports.