New website seeks to help hospitals implement lung cancer screening programs

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The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative have teamed up to create a new website and online toolkit designed to help healthcare institutions implement and operate lung cancer screening programs.

“Hospitals face multiple barriers in implementing lung cancer screening,” said Carey C. Thomson, MD, director of the Lung Cancer Screening Program, in a release. “These barriers include knowledge gaps regarding current recommendations, CMS lung cancer screening shared decision-making requirements, logistical challenges and limited resources for program implementation, smoker stigmatization and self-stigmatization, and racial bias, among others.”

The Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide includes solutions to practical challenges involved in launching a lung cancer screening program, and was developed by a group of U.S. lung cancer screening experts recognized for their “high quality.” The guide covers topics such as:

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