Too Many Colonoscopies in Over-75s?

A study published in the March 11 JAMA-Internal Medicine suggests that 23 percent of over-75-year-olds have colonoscopies that may be “potentially inappropriate” according to national guidelines which include an upper age limit, as well as how often negative colonoscopies should be repeated. In a retrospective population study, University of Texas researchers looked at billings for 100…  Read More

Oldest of Old Americans Will Drastically Impact U.S. Cancer Care

The numbers are stark and will touch every single American. A picture of cancer in the greying American population was drawn in a recent study in the Journal of Geriatric Oncology examining trends in the National Cancer Institute’s population-based SEER data: The number of “oldest of the old” Americans (age 85 or older) will double between 2000 and 2030;…  Read More

Wanted: 100 U.S. Representatives

H.R. 4120 has 37 cosponsors, but your help is needed to push the number to 100 by the end of September. Colorectal cancer screening is covered under Medicare without cost sharing (or co-pay), but if a Medicare patient undergoes a screening colonoscopy during which a polyp or other tissue is removed, that patient is required to…  Read More

Supreme Court Ruling in Plain English

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act, including its individual health insurance mandate, is constitutional. The Court did not uphold the individual mandate on the grounds that Congress can use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. Rather, the Court agreed that the penalty that…  Read More

The Calls to Congress are done – for now, but Support of H.R. 4120 still needed

Seniors’ access to a screening colonoscopy is at risk and YOU can help! We need you to continue to add your voice and urge your Representative to support H.R. 4120! Simply submit an Action Alert. H.R. 4120, the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2012, will fix a regulation that requires Medicare beneficiaries to pay…  Read More

Virtual Colonoscopy Works for Older Folks Too

 Time to catch up on some colorectal cancer news that we might have missed. In Nutshell News: Virtual colonoscopy works just as well for over 65’s, over-the-counter and prescription stomach acid is connected to c. difficile diarrhea, and the recession cut into colorectal cancer screening among people with health insurance.