HRSA Updates Women’s Preventative Services Guidelines

On December 20, 2016, The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced an update to the Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines, originally developed in 2011. The purpose of the guidelines is to improve women’s health by identifying screenings and preventative services to be used in clinical practice.

The update includes new breast cancer screening coverage guidelines and recommends the following for women with an average risk of breast cancer:

  • Mammography screening no earlier than age 40 and no later than age 50
  • Screening at least biennially and as frequently as annually
  • Continue screening through at least age 74 and possibly older

The updated guidelines require private insurers to cover regular mammography screening for average-risk women age 40 and older.

Dr. Garnetta Morin-Ducote states, “An important update that occurred at the end of 2016 received a small amount of attention across the country but has enormous implications for the health of women. The HRSA updated the Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines and placed into effect the requirement for most private insurers to cover yearly screening mammograms without a co-payment, deductible or co-insurance for women 40-49 at average risk. This updated guideline clarifies the confusion on when to screen by several medical organizations and will save lives through early detection. Screening mammograms including 3D tomosynthesis are offered at University Breast Center. Screening mammograms are available as well at our mobile unit sites.”

For more information visit University Breast Center or call 865-305-9069. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov