Health Care Reform Tied to Higher Uptake of Mammography

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Health Care Reform Tied to Higher Uptake of Mammography
Health Care Reform Tied to Higher Uptake of Mammography

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Medicare patients receiving mammograms increased slightly, but significantly, in the first three years of U.S. health care reform, according to a study published online Sept. 20 in Radiology.

Researchers sought to evaluate the impact of accountable care organizations (ACOs) on use of screening mammography in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The team reviewed data for women, aged 40 to 69, who had screening mammograms between 2012 and 2014.

Of 208 ACOs reporting longitudinal outcomes, the researchers found a mean increase of 2.6 percent over the study period. Improvements were reported by 61.6 percent of ACOs. Among patients treated under traditional fee-for-service programs, mammography levels stayed the same or decreased during the same time period.

"While we weren't able to look at specific practices to see what these organizations did, a wide variety of strategies have been discussed," lead author Anand Narayan, M.D., Ph.D., a clinical epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, said in a news release from the Radiological Society of North America. "Many strategies revolve around communications, such as phone calls, letters, group health education sessions, peer counseling, and home visits."

Abstract
Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Progress Made on Genetic Test for Anal Cancer

Progress Made on Genetic Test for Anal Cancer

But research is still in early stages

Four Separate Events Led to Zika's Introduction Into Florida

Four Separate Events Led to Zika's Introduction Into ...

Virus strains came from the Caribbean and Latin America, researchers say

New Health Care Act Could Result in 23 Million Losing Insurance

New Health Care Act Could Result in 23 ...

While premiums may lower over the long-term, many would face much higher out-of-pocket costs

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »