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