House Committee Further Delays USPSTF Mammography Recommendations

The U.S. House of Representatives committee has voted to further extend the current moratorium against the 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) breast cancer screening recommendations, according to the American College of Radiology (ACR).

In 2009 the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) made the following recommendations:

  • Recommended against routine screening mammography for women aged 40-49.
  • Recommended biennial screening mammography for women 50-74 years.
  • Communicated that the decision to start regular, biennial screening mammography before the age of 50 years should be an individual one.
  • Concluded that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the benefits and harms of screening mammography in women 75 years and older.

On July 12, 2018 the House Appropriations Committee approved draft legislation that delays the implementation of the 2009 USPSTF until January 1, 2021, the ACR said. The bill also increases NIH funding by $1.25 billion.

The legislation will now be sent to a joint House-Senate conference committee for reconciliation with the Senate version of the appropriations bill, according to the ACR.

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Kirk Reinitz, CPA