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New Jersey Section report

Dr. Sharon B. MassSharon B. Mass, MD, section chair

The New Jersey Section is working on a breast density notification toolkit for distribution to its members, which may serve as a template for other sections. We received 250 responses to a patient survey regarding knowledge of breast density and tomosynthesis and are in the process of analyzing the data.

Section leaders were involved in modifications to a bill signed by Gov. Chris Christie in January. The final language:

  • Mandates health insurance coverage of any screening and/or testing deemed medically necessary by providers
  • Recommends a baseline mammogram at age 40 followed by yearly screening
  • Includes a lay letter to be sent to all patients along with their mammography report
  • Requires creation of a breast cancer task force that will assess and recommend strategies to improve patient awareness
  • The section was represented by 11 members at the Congressional Leadership Conference in March in Washington, DC. Donald M. Chervenak, MD, New Jersey Section vice chair, received a Most Valuable Player Award for his work with ACOG’s federal political action committee, Ob-GynPAC.

    The New Jersey Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting, which is cosponsored by the New Jersey Section and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses New Jersey Section, will be held June 6–7 in Atlantic City.