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Preventive Colorectal Benefits = Screening Colonoscopies for Qualified Patients

On Sept. 23, 2010, under the Affordable Care Act, a preventive services provision made some private insurance patients eligible for important preventive services – including screening colonoscopies. On Jan. 1, 2011, that provision will be extended to all Medicare patients.

How it works

Medicare patients who are eligible to have a colonoscopy screening will pay no deductible, co-pay or co-insurance. Private insurers that make changes in their plans will also be required to offer full coverage for screening colonoscopies with no out-of-pocket costs going forward. Patients may still be responsible for other services, such as anesthesia, associated with the procedure.

A colonoscopy that is performed in order to explain symptoms is called a diagnostic colonoscopy, which is not covered under the Affordable Care Act. Patients are usually fully liable for all cost related to a scheduled diagnostic colonoscopy.

A screening colonoscopy is NOT a colonoscopy that is performed to explain the patient’s symptoms (i.e. blood in stools, changes in bowel movements, etc.).

Screening Colonoscopy vs. Diagnostic Colonoscopy

A screening colonoscopy is a procedure performed on a patient of screening age in order to find colon polyps or cancer. General guidelines recommend that the age for screening colonoscopies begin at 50 for people at average risk, that have no documented history of any kind of personal or family history of colon polyps or colon cancer.

There are some cases where a scheduled screening colonoscopy can become a diagnostic colonoscopy, and in those cases a patient becomes responsible for any out-of-pocket costs related to their deductible, co- insurance or co-pays for standard costs like physician and facility fees.

A screening colonoscopy becomes a diagnostic colonoscopy when a physician removes a polyp or takes a biopsy during the procedure.

Also, even though many physicians recommend patients with a family history of polyps or colon cancer get screened earlier than the recommended age, some private insurance companies consider a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps as a criterion for a diagnostic colonoscopy – NOT a screening colonoscopy.

Do You Qualify

Medicare Patients

A Medicare patient can qualify for a screening colonoscopy if they:

  • Are of the recommended screening age
  • Do NOT have any symptoms
  • Do NOT have personal history of colon polyps or colon cancer

A Medicare patient can still qualify for a screening colonoscopy despite having:

  • A family history of colon cancer or colon polyps

Costs: Screening Colonoscopy

  • $0 annual deductible for procedure
  • $0 co-insurance for procedure

Costs: Diagnostic Colonoscopy

  • $0 annual deductible for procedure
  • 20 percent co-insurance must be paid for procedure

If you are scheduled for a screening colonoscopy, but polyps are discovered and removed through the course of the procedure, you may be subject to out of pocket expenses. Including, but not limited to, the Medicare 20%.

Private Insurance Patients

A private insurance patient can qualify for a screening colonoscopy if they:

  • Are of the recommended screening age
  • Do NOT have any symptoms
  • Do NOT have personal history of colon polyps or colon cancer
  • Do NOT have a family history of colon polyps or colon cancer

Most private insurance companies DO NOT allow their patients to qualify for a screening colonoscopy with:

  • A family history of colon cancer or colon polyps (Call provider to determine benefit).

Costs: Screening Colonoscopy

  • Private insurance patients must call providers to determine their benefit.

Costs: Diagnostic Colonoscopy

  • Private insurance patients must call providers to determine potential out-of-pocket costs and circumstances.

If you are scheduled for a screening colonoscopy, but polyps are discovered and removed through the course of the procedure, you may be subject to out of pocket expenses. Please contact your insurance provider to determine your possible out of pocket if polyps are removed during a screening colonoscopy.

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