Home Health & Hospice

Promote Lung Cancer Awareness

Homecare Insider, November 25, 2013

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and while November 21 was the Great American Smokeout, it’s never too late to help your residents reduce or eliminate their use of tobacco. According to a recent announcement by CMS:

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
  • Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer, but lung cancer can also be caused by using other types of tobacco (such as pipes or cigars).
  • Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States.

Quitting smoking can be a difficult challenge for anyone, and often people must make several attempts before finally quitting. CMS reminds providers that you can provide support to seniors who want to quit tobacco-use, and Medicare can help. According to the announcement:

  • Medicare provides coverage of tobacco-use cessation counseling for certain beneficiaries who use tobacco and have been diagnosed with a recognized tobacco-related disease or who exhibit symptoms consistent with tobacco-related disease.
  • Medicare also covers tobacco-use cessation counseling services for certain beneficiaries who use tobacco, regardless of whether they have signs or symptoms of tobacco-related disease.
  • Eligible beneficiaries may receive this benefit with no out of pocket cost to them. There is no co-pay/coinsurance or deductible.

For more information on Medicare’s coverage of Tobacco-use Cessation Counseling Services providers are encouraged to visit:

To read the full announcement by CMS, click here.