Breast density reporting laws now exist in 28 states, but do women in those states know what, exactly, it means if an exam reveals they have dense breasts?
According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, a majority of women in states with such laws do not know specific details about breast density and what it can mean for a woman’s health if she has dense breasts.
Aunt Minnie (8/24) reports that “health insurer Cigna said it will now cover breast screening exams performed with digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).” This reverses “a decision made late last year” by the insurer.
DOT Med News (8/23, Dubinsky) reports, “According to a new study conducted by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, mammography may provide an opportunity for the expanded use of bundled payments in the radiology field,” researchers found. The article quotes Dr. Geraldine McGinty, vice chair of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors and a member of the Neiman Institute’s advisory board, who “said in a statement, ‘As the US health care delivery system transitions from FFS to value based payments, it’s important that we [radiologists] are at the table to ensure that our patients have access to high quality imaging.’” Dr. McGinty added, “Shaping payment policy to support that access is at the core of the ACR’s mission.”