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ACR Responds to HHS Secretary Statement Regarding USPSTF Mammography Recommendations

(RESTON, VA) -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) is pleased to see that Secretary Sebelius has reaffirmed that mammography is a vital and lifesaving tool in the battle against breast cancer. We strongly urge women and providers to continue to adhere to the current American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology policies regarding mammographic screening. Additionally, as the Task Force is referenced in health care reform legislation as a significant factor in determining which preventative services may be offered under government "insurance exchanges" outlined in the legislation, we ask that the Secretary officially ask the Task Force to rescind their mammography recommendations in order to avoid confusion as health care reform moves forward. We also urge HHS to include in the USPSTF experts from the areas on which they will be advising lawmakers and submit their recommendations for comment and review to outside stakeholders in similar fashion to rules enacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A more inclusive process can only benefit Americans as we seek to improve our health care system.

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