NCCN Guidelines; Missouri insurance law
Updated National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis guidelines just out (accessible with free registration). For average risk women, the screening guideline includes: “Consider supplemental screening for those with heterogeneously or extremely dense breasts.” And for women at increased risk, “Consider contrast-enhanced mammography (CEM) or molecular breast imaging (MBI) for those who qualify for but cannot undergo MRI. Whole breast ultrasound may be done if contrast-enhanced imaging or functional imaging is not available/accessible.”
U.S. State Insurance Law
A new insurance law for no-cost breast imaging has been signed into law in Missouri. While Missouri has an existing law for expanded breast imaging, this act “prohibits cost-sharing requirements under coverage provided for diagnostic breast examinations, supplemental breast examinations, or low-dose mammography screenings.” Exceptions apply. Please see DBI’s Legislative Info tab for updated details.