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H.Res. 1135 - Raising awareness of the lifesaving role of three-dimensional (3D) digital breast tomosynthesis screening in detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Sponsor: Erik Paulsen (R)
Introduced: 2018-10-26
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. RES. 1135


    Raising awareness of the lifesaving role of three-dimensional (3D) digital breast tomosynthesis screening in detection and treatment of breast cancer.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 26, 2018

    Mr. Paulsen submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


RESOLUTION

    Raising awareness of the lifesaving role of three-dimensional (3D) digital breast tomosynthesis screening in detection and treatment of breast cancer.

    Whereas, in 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved three-dimensional (3D) digital tomosynthesis, a modification of digital mammography that uses a moving x-ray source and a digital detector that allows for the reconstruction of a three-dimensional dataset;

    Whereas 3D digital tomosynthesis dramatically improves the imaging of breast lesions and breast cancer by eliminating overlap from surrounding tissues and structures;

    Whereas peer-reviewed research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2014 has documented that tomosynthesis used with digital mammography is associated with up to a 41-percent increase in the detection of invasive cancers and up to a 37-percent drop in patient recalls to have additional breast imaging workup, such as a diagnostic mammogram or a breast ultrasound, due to ambiguous results;

    Whereas earlier detection of breast cancers is positively correlated to improved patient survival and outcomes and reduced cost of treatment;

    Whereas peer-reviewed research has concluded that broader adoption of this technology presents an opportunity to deliver value-based care to the Medicaid population and to address disparities and barriers to access to preventive care for some of the Nation’s most vulnerable citizens;

    Whereas while the adoption of 3D tomosynthesis has been growing, 52 percent of United States mammography facilities are still without this lifesaving technology;

    Whereas Medicare covers 3D tomosynthesis and it is estimated that at least 86 percent of covered lives in the private insurance market are covered for this technology; and

    Whereas the utilization and coverage of 3D tomosynthesis can save lives, improve treatment regimens, and reduce health care costs: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) acknowledges the immense value of three-dimensional (3D) digital breast tomosynthesis;

(2) encourages all Federal health care programs to promote access and coverage of this lifesaving technology;

(3) calls upon all private sector insurers to cover and fairly reimburse for this technology; and

(4) supports efforts by the public health community to publicize the merits and availability of 3D digital breast tomosynthesis.


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