Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Medicaid Primary Care Providers fall short of recommending cancer screening: WHILE BCBSNC PPO offers no affordable screening colonoscopies to insured

Cancer Screenings Are Available For Many, But Not Used
October 22nd, 2008 by allsoch
Medicaid recipients age 50 and older are falling short of national cancer screening objectives. According to a report published in the October 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, only about half receive colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer screening tests that the government recommends.

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BCBSNC PPO plans (families pay close to $700/ month for these, as does my 3 member family) will not pay for screening colonoscopies within 2.5 hours of major metropolis, specifically, Asheville, NC. BCBSNC gives song and dance and run-around which state legislators, who are supposed to oversee BCBSNC, fall for again and again. BCBSNC PPO plans (3/4 million peoplein NC have this plan) will only pay for OFFICE BASED screening colonoscopies and gastroenterologists mostly do not offer these but rather CLINIC BASED screening colonoscopies.

CLINIC BASED screening colonoscopies are not the treatment of choice or medically necessary treatment as patients who squirm w/o anesthetic IV Versed (part of CLINIC BASED screening colonoscopies), run the risk of colon perforation and DEATH.

I have a question into the NC Insurance Commissioner as to this matter as I have not been able to get any state legislator to act on this pressing matter.
Marsha V. Hammond, PhD: Clinical Licensed Psychologist
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