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Thursday, October 27, 2016

NJ Law Requiring Insurance Companies to Pay for Supplemental Ultrasound, MR Screening for Dense Breasts Has Led to Better Patient Care, Outcomes, Study Suggests

DOT Med News (10/26, Mitchell) reports that a “study of a 2014 law that requires insurance companies to pay for supplemental ultrasound and/or MR screening if a woman has dense breasts diagnosed reveals that it has resulted in better patient care and outcomes.” Dr. Linda Sanders, lead author of the study, told HCB News, “The number of supplemental screening ultrasound and MR examinations increased after [The New Jersey Breast Density Law (NJBDL)] implementation.” The “‘review affirmed the high efficacy of screening MR compared with other modalities,’ she said, which the team credits to MR’s unique ability to detect lesions in soft tissue.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 

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