New York City Public Advocate Calls on NYC, State of New York to Expand Access to DBT

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Aunt Minnie (10/26) reports, “New York City Public Advocate Letitia James has called on New York City and the state of New York to expand access to digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).” Earlier this week “in a...press conference, James requested that NYC Health + Hospitals invest in DBT technology and for the state to add DBT to its Medicaid benefits package.” James “noted that while DBT technology is widely available in private hospitals in New York City, it’s only available at one hospital in the NYC Health + Hospitals network.” 

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Coalition Appealing to Congress to Protect Mandate in the ACA Requiring Insurers to Cover Annual Screening Mammograms for Women 40 and Older

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Aunt Minnie (10/3) reports, “A coalition of patient groups and breast cancer experts are appealing to the U.S. Congress to protect a mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires insurers to cover annual screening mammograms for women 40 and older.” AuntMinnie points out that the American College of Radiology us among “the patient groups backing the mandate.” In a statement, Dr. Debra Monticciolo, chair of the ACR’s breast imaging commission, said, “If Congress allows mandatory mammography insurance coverage to lapse for women 40 and older, many won’t be able to afford to get mammograms.” Dr. Monticciolo added, “Screening rates will drop. More women will die and the gains we have made against breast cancer may evaporate.”

Prior False-Positive Mammogram Appears Not to Deter Women from Abandoning Screening Mammography Guidelines, Study Finds.

Friday, September 16, 2016
HealthImaging (9/14, Pearson) reports, “Women who receive false-positive mammograms may be disconcerted, aggravated or otherwise put off by the experience, but they don’t subsequently abandon screening mammography guidelines en masse,” researchers found. The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. 

Relax it’s not that bad! Clearing Up the Confusion Surrounding Your Mammogram

Monday, September 12, 2016

It’s that time of year, and you need to make your screening mammogram appointment and anxiety begins!

There are many questions and misconceptions for women when considering scheduling their mammogram. This blog will discuss some of the questions women have asked me over the years and, hopefully my responses will offer a level of comfort and understanding of the mammography experience.


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