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October 23, 2018

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Screening and Mammography

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. October is just one month in which providers can emphasize the importance of scheduling a screening mammography. Television and radio ads will remind women that it is time to get screened.

Medicare can help you help your patients to get this life-saving screening service. Early diagnosis and treatment can lead to better outcomes for your patients. Medicare makes payment for one screening mammogram for Medicare eligible women aged 35 through 39 and can reimburses for an annual screening test for all Medicare eligible women aged 40 and over. The deductible and coinsurance are waived for this screening service.

The US Department of Health and Human Services has a web site providing information on things you as the physician can do in your office to promote the importance of this test. They have sample announcements, tweets, and a widget you can add to your website to send patients to get the latest information on mammograms.

Take advantage of the additional information available during October and add your voice to encourage your patients to schedule a mammography.

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