Massachusetts Breast Density Notification Law

In 2014, the Massachusetts legislature voted to require all providers of mammography services to inform a patient in writing if, after the mammography is interpreted, it is determined that the patient has dense breast tissue.  That legislation has now gone into effect and patients have begun to receive such notifications, and physicians will be fielding inquiries from their patients about the significance of breast density and what to do next.

Similar laws have been enacted in 21 states. Legislation has been introduced in five other states, and is being considered at the federal level as well.

Recent information sent to Massachusetts physicians by the Board of Registration in Medicine, outlines that the written patient notification must include at least the following information:

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