Life Line Screening – According to the Chief Medical Officer

Lifeline screening provides services to detect health problems early as a means to circumvent a full-blown health issue if the problem is allowed time to worsen into a much greater health issue – sometimes with a catastrophic outcome. Life Line Screening is dedicated to catching issues on the preventative end of the equation rather than the diagnosis phase after the issue has ballooned.

In a recent interview of Life Line’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Andy Manganaro, he outlined the general mission of Life Line and how and why they came to be. According to Manganaro, physicians all share a basic frustration that our current health care system doesn’t operate to incentivize preventative measures and wellness. He says, prior to Life Line Screening, “doctors were put in a terrible spot and had their hands tied“. Manganaro plainly states that Life Line arose out of a necessity for doctors to have an avenue to tests and screening that insurance companies simply won’t pay for. Insurance companies won’t pay for a screening ultrasound as a preventative measure – but only a diagnostic ultra-sound once there is a problem that is fully advanced.

In order to get tests to get a look at the carotid artery, the patient must have had a mini-stroke. Doctors were left with three fairly uncomfortable options; allowing suspected conditions to further develop until they become diagnostic tests covered by insurance, conduct earlier screenings but pass the outlandish bills on to the patient or make up symptoms that the patient doesn’t actually have to force in insurance company to pay for it – clearly unethical. The ability to screen patients for hundreds of dollars rather than thousands and thousands of dollars saves both vast amounts of money and lives.

Life Line’s Three types of Screenings:

Ultrasound screenings

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
  • Carotid artery disease screening
  • Ankle-brachial index screening
  • Bone mineral density screening

Finger-stick blood screenings

  • Complete lipid panel screening
  • Glucose screening
  • C-Reactive protein screening
  • Elevated liver enzymes screening

Limited Electrocardiograph.

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