• Mandatory Reporting Of Breast Density In Screening Mammograms. Why The Controversy

    Elaine Schattner
    www.forbes.com

    imagesRecently, the Governor of Michigan signed into law a requirement that radiologists inform women if their mammogram reveals dense breasts. The law will take effect on June 1, 2015. With this act, Michigan became the 21st state to enact legislation on mandatory reporting of breast density found in breast cancer screening.

    The surprisingly controversial law, having to do with a woman’s right to know if her mammogram result is unclear, may go national: Last July, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act. Similar legislation repeatedly has been put before Congress by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and co-sponsors. [Read More…]

  • 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…]

  • Minnesota and Rhode Island enact breast density laws

    May 27, 2014

    dense-breastsby Loren Bonner , DOTmed News Online Editor

    This week, Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed Rhode Island’s breast density inform bill into law, and late last week, Gov. Mark Dayton did the same for Minnesota women.

    Breast density laws require physicians to inform women if they have dense breasts along with the possible risks that can be present.

    Minnesota becomes the sixteenth state with mandatory breast density notification for women, and Rhode Island became the seventeenth.

    Connecticut was the first state to pass breast density inform legislation in 2009, followed by Texas, Virginia, California, New York, Hawaii, Maryland, Alabama, Tennessee, Nevada, Oregon, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Arizona and now Minnesota and Rhode Island. [Read More…]

  • Gov. Jan Brewer signs Breast Density Law

    April 22, 2014

    by Loren Bonner , DOTmed News Online Editor

    breastdensitylawArizona became the fifteenth state to require physicians to inform women if they have dense breasts along with the possible risks that can be present.

    After legislation was introduced at the request of a diagnostic radiologist in Arizona, and went through the procedural votes in both chambers, Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1225 into law late last week.
    According to JoAnn Pushkin, founder of D.E.N.S.E. NY, 50 percent of U.S. women now live in states where density notification is required.

    Connecticut was the first state to pass breast density inform legislation in 2009, followed by Texas, Virginia, California, New York, and most recently Hawaii, Maryland, Alabama, Tennessee, Nevada, Oregon, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, New Jersey and now Arizona. [Read More…]