The Cologuard guide to Screening for Colon Cancer in 3 easy steps.
Cologuard is intended for adults 50 years of age or older who are at average risk for colon cancer. It is not a replacement for diagnostic or surveillance colonoscopy in high-risk individuals. Rx only.
Easy. Noninvasive. Cologuard.
Cologuard is the easy, noninvasive colon cancer screening test you can use at home. It’s the only FDA-approved test based on stool DNA science and finds 92% of colon cancers.
If you’re 50 years of age or older at average risk or if you’ve been avoiding screening, you should know there is a noninvasive option.
The hardest part is saying “yes” to screening. Cologuard truly makes it easy from there.
Did you know?
*Colon Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related deaths.
*When caught early it’s 90% curable.
*There are several screening options-Cologuard.
Cologuard is not for everyone. Cologuard is not a replacement for diagnostic or surveillance colonoscopy in patients at high risk for colorectal cancer. Both false positives and false negatives do occur. In a clinical study of Cologuard, 13% of people without cancer or precancer tested positive. Any positive should be followed by a diagnostic colonoscopy. A negative Cologuard test result does not guarantee absence of cancer or advanced adenoma. Following a negative result, patients should continue participating in a screening program at an interval and with a method appropriate for the individual patient. Cologuard performance when used for repeat testing has not been evaluated or established. Cologuard results should be interpreted with caution for individuals over age 75 as the rate of false positive results increases with age. Patients should not provide a sample for Cologuard if they have diarrhea or if they have blood in their urine or stool (e.g. from bleeding hemorrhoids, bleeding cuts or wounds on their hands, rectal bleeding or menstruation.
To receive Cologuard, start by talking to your doctor. It’s only available by prescription, so once your doctor orders the kit, it’s conveniently shipped right to your home.
Using the test is easy and requires only one stool sample. Cologuard uses advanced technology to find DNA in your stool, which detects cells that could be associated with cancer or precancer. There’s no prep required, medication changes needed or time off necessary.
How to collect the sample. Really, it’s easy! Watch a video that proves it . CologuardTest.com/Use.
Sending Cologuard to the lab is practically effortless. Each kit comes with a prepaid and preaddressed UPS label. Simply follow the instructions on how to pack the kit, then ship it from any UPS location or call 1-800-PICKUPS to schedule a pick-up.
Once the kit has been returned and your sample processed, our lab will contact your doctor, who will then follow up with you to discuss the results.
24/7 Patient Support Team
Once your doctor has ordered Cologuard, we’ll can you to make sure we have all the information we need to complete your order. At that point, Cologuard will be shipped to your home.
If you have any questions or concerns call the 24/7 Patient Support Team at 1-844-870-8870. Want more information? Easy! Just visit Cologuardtest.com. Cologuard is covered by Medicare.
Using the Test. Talking to you doctor. Both are easy!
Is Cologuard right for me?
Take this discussion guide with you.
Are you years or older?
Have you been screened for colon cancer?
Have you been avoiding a colonoscopy?
Are you covered by Medicare?
What are my risk factors for colon cancer? What are the symptoms?
What are my screenings options? How do they differ?
Cologuard finds cancers and precancers. What is that important?
See? We told you it was easy?
Your insurance plan may cover all or part of your Cologuard test; here’s a quick guide.
Medicare covers Cologuard
*Patients with traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans do not have any co-pays or deductible amounts.
*For Medicare Advantage patients, prior authorization may apply. Please call your insurer to confirm.
Private Insurance coverage varies by plan
*Depending on your insurer and specific plan, your out of pocket cost for Cologuard could range from $0 to $649 (as of July 2016).
*We highly recommend that you call your insurer directly to confirm what they will pay, what they expect you to pay and if you or your doctor need to file any paperwork (like a prior authorization) before you use the test. You can tell them Cologuard is billed under CPT code 81528.
*After you complete your screening test, our specialists will seek payment from your insurer.
*You will get an Explanation of Benefits after your insurance provider reviews any claim, whether they approve or deny it. THIS IS NOT A BILL.
*If your insurer does not pay in full, the remaining balance will become your responsibility.
If you have more detailed questions about your specific plan, please call your insurer directly.
For more information on insurance and billing visit: CologuardTest.com/insurance.
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from The Cologuard Guide pamphlet. I have never used this service before so I have no opinion on it either yes or no. Please call or email the company for more detail.