News | June 02, 2010

Major Insurer to Adopt Breast Cancer Act Guidelines

June 3, 2010 - On May 26, WellPoint announced it will implement certain provisions of the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act (HR 1691), which aims to standardize minimum guidelines for care for women with breast cancer, although the bill is not yet law.

Beginning July 1, the insurer will guarantee minimum 48-hour hospital stays for policyholders after mastectomies. The bill will require a group health plan that provides medical and surgical benefits to ensure that inpatient (and in the case of a lumpectomy, outpatient) coverage and radiation therapy are provided for breast cancer treatment.

Although WellPoint said it already provides the legislation's minimum standard of care for most policyholders, the company noted that benefits can vary depending on state laws and clinical guidelines. The Obama administration has criticized WellPoint for routinely rescinding members' policies after they were diagnosed with breast cancer. By adopting the guidelines early, the insurer may set an example for other insurers.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the bill's sponsor, applauded WellPoint's decision.

from http://www.nationalpartnership.org.

Related Content

Transpara Deep Learning Software Matches Experienced Radiologists in Mammogram Reading
News | Computer-Aided Detection Software | January 12, 2018
Deep learning and artificial intelligence improves the efficiency and accuracy of reading mammograms, according to...
Women Prefer Getting Mammograms Every Year
News | Mammography | January 09, 2018
Women prefer to get their mammograms every year, instead of every two years, according to a new study presented at the...
Planmed Clarity 2-D Digital Mammography System Receives FDA Approval
Technology | Mammography | January 08, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an approval letter for the Planmed Clarity 2-D full-field digital...
Overweight Women May Need More Frequent Mammograms
News | Mammography | January 04, 2018
Women with higher body mass index (BMI) face an increased risk of not detecting their breast tumor until it has become...
About 25 percent of screening patients and 60 percent of diagnostic patients do not have prior mammograms available for comparison at the time of their examinations due to the lack of interoperability or other restrictions preventing clinicians from accessing prior exams.

About 25 percent of screening patients and 60 percent of diagnostic patients do not have prior mammograms available for comparison at the time of their examinations due to the lack of interoperability or other restrictions preventing clinicians from accessing prior exams.

Feature | Breast Imaging | January 02, 2018 | Kathryn Pearson Peyton, M.D.
Sixty million women undergo regular screening mammography in the United States, but even in the digital age, it is di
Double Black Announces Gemini Series Monitors for Multimodality and Digital Breast Imaging
Technology | Flat Panel Displays | December 28, 2017
December 28, 2017 — Double Black Imaging and their Image Systems Division are releasing their Gemini Series 6MP and 8
iCAD's PowerLook Tomo Detection Experiences Growing Adoption
News | Mammography | December 14, 2017
December 14, 2017 — iCAD Inc.
Siemens Healthineers Introduces Mammomat Revelation Mammography System for Improved Biopsy Workflow
Technology | Mammography | December 11, 2017
Siemens Healthineers unveiled the new Mammomat Revelation premium mammography platform at the 2017 Radiological Society...
Breast Cancer Screening Performance Impacted by Mean Mammographic Compression Pressure
News | Mammography | December 08, 2017
Dutch researchers demonstrated a strong relationship between compression pressure in mammography and breast cancer...
Videos | Mammography | December 06, 2017
Martin Yaffe, Ph.D., FAAPM, senior scientist, physical sciences/imaging research, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre,
Overlay Init