Review of Mammography Screening Rates in Medicare Advantage Plans Finds for-Profit Providers Lagging Behind Non-Profit Colleagues

Monday, June 5, 2017
The Radiology Business Journal (6/2, Doss) reported that “a review of mammography screening rates in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans found for-profit providers lagging behind their non-profit colleagues, signaling the importance of publicizing performance data so consumers and regulators can make informed decisions.” The Journal added, “The nearly 6 percent gulf may reflect culture differences between non-profit and for-profit providers, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.”

Adding DBT to Mammography May Increase Cancer Detection While Decreasing Recalls, Study Suggests

Monday, June 5, 2017
Aunt Minnie (6/5, Yee) reports “adding digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) to mammography when screening women in their 40s increases cancer detection rates and also decreases recall rates,” according to a study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. The article points out that the American College of Radiology and other groups offer different breast cancer screening guidelines, because experts disagree about the commencement and frequency of mammography as a breast cancer screening tool.