The previous law required a health facility at which a mammography examination is performed, if a patient is categorized by the facility as having heterogeneously dense breasts or extremely dense breasts, based on the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System established by the American College of Radiology, to include in the summary of the written report that is sent to the patient, as required by federal law, the following notice: "Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to evaluate the results of your mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. This information about the results of your mammogram is given to you to raise your awareness and to inform your conversations with your doctor. Together, you can decide which screening options are right for you. A report of your results was sent to your physician."
This requirement sunsets on January 1, 2019. [HSC §123222.3] The new bill extends the sunset date to January 1, 2025 and makes other technical changes.