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Breast cancer screening
Women ages 50-74 who had a mammogram to screen for breast cancer in the past two years.
Why it matters
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States. Approximately 237,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women, and about 41,000 women die each year of breast cancer. Mammography is an effective screening tool for early detection of breast cancer and reduction of breast cancer mortality.
Best practices for managing breast cancer screenings with your patients
- Provide the date of the mammogram along with proof of completion. Providing results or findings would indicate screening was performed and not merely ordered.
- All types and methods of mammograms (screening, diagnostic, film, digital, or digital breast tomosynthesis) meet the numerator compliance. Do not count biopsies, breast ultrasounds, or MRIs.
- Educate patients on the importance of routine screening (at least once every 24 months) and remind patients that preventive screenings are covered under healthcare reform. Depending on risk factors, mammograms may be administered more frequently.
- Develop standing orders along with automated referrals (if applicable) for women ages 50-74.
- Refer women to local mammography imaging centers. Follow up to verify completion.