• Breast Density Inform Inconsistency Delivers Confusion

    July 17, 2014
    This first appeared in the July 2014 issue of DOTmed HealthCare Business News

    breast_density_pie_chart_exampleWe have reached the tipping point. We have reached the tipping point. By population, over fifty percent of American women now live in states that require breast density information be provided to them in the letter they receive after their mammogram. Nineteen states have now enacted some variation of mandatory inform. But the notification women receive varies state to state, with the level of detail differing and not necessarily consistent with the information to be discussed with their physicians.

    Individual state reporting standards have resulted in inconsistent notification. The specificity and depth of density information a woman receives will depend on what is required in her home state. For instance, in some states women receive only general information about breast density, while in other states, women receive clear and unambiguous notification that they have dense breasts. [Read More…]