Using DBT in Combination with FFDM Among Medicaid Enrollees Could Save State Programs More Than $200,000 Per Year, Study Suggests

Monday, February 6, 2017

Aunt Minnie (2/6, Yee) reports that research suggests “using digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) in combination with full-field digital mammography (FFDM) among Medicaid enrollees could save state programs more than $200,000 per year – and individual plans more than $12,000 annually.” The “cost savings would come from fewer recalls and earlier cancer detection, which benefit the women themselves, the authors wrote.” The findings were published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 

ACR Issues Updated Version of Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual

Friday, February 3, 2017

Aunt Minnie (2/3) reports that the ACR has issued “an updated version of its 2016 Digital Mammography Quality Control manual.” 

SBI, ACR Cheer Government’s Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Radiology leaders are hailing the breast cancer screening guidelines recently adopted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which require private insurers to cover regular mammograms for women ages 40 and older, who have an average risk of developing breast cancer, with no copay. 

Members of House Committee Say They Want USPSTF to Invite More Input to Ensure Guidance is Independent, Unbiased

Friday, December 2, 2016

Modern Healthcare (11/30, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports that yesterday, “members of a House committee...said they want the US Preventive Services Task Force to invite more input to ensure its guidance, which can influence how much an insurer pays for preventive services, is independent and unbiased.” In “hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, GOP lawmakers took turns expressing concern that patient access was being affected by the panel’s efforts to control costs.” According to Modern Healthcare, “Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)...co-sponsored a bill that would require USPSTF to ‘include balanced representation of practicing primary and specialty care providers.’” Modern Healthcare points out that the USPSTF breast cancer screening guidelines differ from recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Radiology.

FDA Announces Plans to Use its Mammography Quality Standards Act Inspection Program to Increase Mammography Image Quality Through New Venture

Monday, November 14, 2016

Aunt Minnie (11/14, Rush) reports, “In its ongoing efforts to improve breast cancer detection rates, the” FDA “has announced that it plans to use its Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspection program to increase mammography image quality through a new venture it’s calling Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program.”