HR 5711: Rep. Weiner to Introduce Mammography Reimbursement Legislation

August 3, 2007 (Medical News Today)

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said he plans to introduce a bill this week that would increase Medicare reimbursement rates for mammograms, with the aim of reversing a decline in the number of women receiving the exams, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Weiner said the measure, called the "Assure Access to Mammography Act," would help clinics offering mammograms stay open.

According to a report released last week by Weiner, the number of mammography clinics nationwide has decreased by more than 1,200, or 12%, since 1999 (Wessel, Orlando Sentinel, 7/31). The average cost for a mammogram has increased by 25% to $125 since 2005, while the Medicare reimbursement increased by 2% to $83.69 during the same time period, the report found. Sixty-seven mammography facilities have closed in New York City since 1999, a 26% decrease, according to the report (Weiner release, 7/22). The number of certified mammography clinics in Florida also decreased from 505 to 456 since 2001, according to the American Cancer Society.

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