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New Michigan Mammogram Patient Notification Requirement

By Carly Van Thomme, Esq.

As of June 1, 2015, pursuant to MCL 333.13524, a “person who provides mammography services” in Michigan must provide notification to patients when their mammograms “demonstrate dense breast tissue.” As defined in this statute, “dense breast tissue” means “heterogeneously or extremely dense breast tissue as defined in nationally recognized guidelines or systems for breast imaging reporting of mammography screening including, but not limited to, the breast imaging reporting and data system established by the American College of Radiology.” MCL 333.13524

The law specifically requires that the following be included in the written mammogram report that is sent directly to the patient:

“Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is very common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to find cancer through a mammogram. Also, dense breast tissue may increase your risk for breast cancer. This information about the result of your mammogram is given to you to raise your awareness. Use this information to discuss with your health care provider whether other supplemental tests in addition to your mammogram may be appropriate for you, based on your individual risk. A report of your results was sent to your ordering physician. If you are self-referred, a report of your results was sent to you in addition to this summary.” MCL 333.13524.

If you have questions or concerns about how this new requirement affects your medical practice, contact Chapman Law Group to retain health law attorneys with the up-to-date knowledge and experience necessary to provide you with an accurate legal opinion and reliable legal advice regarding health law matters.