The World Trade Center Health Program will now cover the cost of EsoGuard testing for its more than 120,000 participants
NEW YORK, Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Lucid Diagnostics Inc. (Nasdaq: LUCD) ("Lucid" or the "Company") a commercial-stage, cancer prevention medical diagnostics company, and majority-owned subsidiary of PAVmed Inc. (Nasdaq: PAVM, PAVMZ) ("PAVmed"), today announced that it has contracted with the World Trade Center Health Program ("WTCHP") to provide the EsoGuard® Esophageal DNA test as a covered benefit to the more than 120,000 responders and survivors who participate in the program. The WTCHP provides medical monitoring and treatment to those directly affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including members of the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) and other emergency responders at the World Trade Center, recovery and cleanup workers and those who were in the New York City Disaster Area on September 11, 2001, or in the months that followed. EsoGuard is now reimbursable at $2,475.81 per test prescribed by clinicians at one of WTCHP's Clinical Centers of Excellence.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to provide EsoGuard esophageal precancer testing to those affected by the devastating 9/11 terrorist attacks," said Lishan Aklog, M.D., Lucid's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "As a result of their exposure to dust, smoke, and debris, these heroes are at increased risk of developing cancer, just as firefighters are in general. In fact, nearly 35,000 have already been certified as suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and therefore are at increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. Lucid remains deeply committed to expanding patient access to EsoGuard testing, with the ultimate goal of preventing esophageal cancer and cancer deaths. We look forward to offering EsoGuard testing to WTCHP participants through dedicated #CheckYourFoodTube Precancer Testing events in the New York metropolitan area. This new program is the product of our ongoing, intensive efforts to drive coverage for EsoGuard testing through direct contracting initiatives."
About Lucid Diagnostics
Lucid Diagnostics Inc. is a commercial-stage medical diagnostics company focused on cancer prevention, and subsidiary of PAVmed Inc. (Nasdaq: PAVM). Lucid is focused on the millions of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as chronic heartburn, who are at risk of developing esophageal precancer and cancer. Lucid's EsoGuard® Esophageal DNA Test, performed on samples collected in a brief, noninvasive office procedure with its EsoCheck Esophageal Cell Collection Device, is the first and only commercially available diagnostic test capable of serving as a widespread screening tool for at-risk patients to mitigate the risks of cancer and cancer deaths through early detection of esophageal precancer.
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