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HCFA Expanding PET Medicare Coverage To Three More Cancer Indications

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Medicare will cover three additional indications for positron emission tomography (PET) in the diagnosis and management of cancer, the Health Care Financing Administration announced March 8.

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