The Food & Drug Administration has updated the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) to make patient breast density notification a federal requirement.
Dense breast tissue is common but linked to an increased risk for breast cancer. As density increases, mammography accuracy decreases.
What you need to know
Required "inform" language
Mammography summary lay letter must inform patient if they have dense or non-dense breast tissue.
Assessment in referring provider reports
Reports for healthcare providers must include an assessment of breast density using the BI-RADS® 5th Edition categories.
Get ready now
Your checklist for compliance by September 2024