NEW CONNECTICUT LAW FOR BREAST MRI NOW IN PLACE
As of June 15, 2012, a new law regarding MRI screening for breast cancer went into effect in Connecticut. The law requires insurance coverage for breast MRI screening in patients who meet the guidelines established by the American Cancer Society. The ACS recommends screening breast MRI for women who have:
1. BRCA mutation
2. First-degree relative of BRCA carrier, but untested
3. Lifetime risk ~20-25% or greater, as defined by BRCAPRO or
other models that are largely dependent on family history
4. Radiation to chest between age 10 and 20 years
5. Li-Fraumeni syndrome and first degree relatives
6. Cowden and Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndromes and first-
Patients should understand that your insurance company will usually require that you meet any deductible first, and then pay the policy's co-pay, before the insurance benefits will pay.
We still recommend that screening breast ultrasound be done for average-risk patients with mammographically dense breasts, and that MRI is not needed in these patients. Screening MRI should be done for the high-risk patients (per ACS guidelines), and breast ultrasound then would not be necessary in these patients, even if mammographically dense. Mammography should be done for all patients, regardless of risk level, and regardless of whether they have ultrasound or MRI as well.
High risk (meeting ACS guidelines) = mammogram and MRI
DRA CALENDARS ARE HERE!
I will be making my way around the Greater Waterbury region handing out our calendars but just in case I miss you, stop by the office and ask the girls at the front desk for one. I hope you like this year's design!
Oct. 19th National Mammogram Day
Oct. 23rd Waterbury Triad at 7 Angels
Nov. 1st Business Women's Forum
Nov. 6th Election Day
Nov. 8th "Laughter is the Breast Medicine" Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center 5:30pm
Nov. 9th Easter Seals' 5th Annual "Ladies Night Out" Courtyard Marriott, Waterbury 5:00-10:00pm
Nov. 14th Waterbury Chamber Health Care Council Breakfast Seminar "Health Care Updates for Medical Practices" Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center 7:45am