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SB-1034 Health care: mammograms.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/21/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  May 21, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1034


Introduced by Senator Mitchell
(Coauthors: Senators Anderson, Bates, Hertzberg, Hill, Nielsen, Skinner, and Wieckowski)

February 08, 2018


An act to amend Section 123222.3 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1034, as amended, Mitchell. Health care: mammograms.
Existing law requires, until January 1, 2019, a health facility at which a mammography examination is performed to include a prescribed notice on breast density in the summary of the written report that is sent to a patient, if specified circumstances apply.
This bill would extend the operation of that provision indefinitely. The bill would also make technical and conforming changes.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 123222.3 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

123222.3.
 (a) A health facility at which a mammography examination is performed shall, 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, 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.

(b) (1) Nothing in this This section shall not be deemed to create a duty of care or other legal obligation beyond the duty to provide notice as set forth in this section.
(2) Nothing in this This section shall not be deemed to require a notice that is inconsistent with the provisions of the federal Mammography Quality Standards Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 263b) or any regulations promulgated pursuant to that act.