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Medicare breast cancer screening costs top $1 billion

from Health Imaging

Breast cancer screening tacked on more than $1 billion to Medicare costs, but its effect on Medicare patient outcomes remains unclear, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine. The researchers suggested overdiagnosis in higher-cost regions, and also cautioned that the cost curve may grow steeper as Medicare covers newer screening modalities without proof of impact on outcomes. more

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