Targeted Inpatient Screening Mammogram Program to Reduce Disparities in Breast Cancer Screening Rates

Andrew S. Hwang, MD, MPH; Brian N. Dontchos, MD; Karen Dyer, RT(R)(M), CIIP; Jennifer Murray, RT(R)(M); Jennifer Searl Como, MS; Daniel M. Horn, MD


Ann Fam Med. 2021;19(1):83 

In This Article

The Innovation

Significant disparity exists in breast cancer screening rates between commercially insured patients and low-income patients who are insured by Medicaid or are dually eligible (insured by both Medicare and Medicaid).[1–3] We examined the feasibility of performing targeted screening mammograms during hospitalizations to help remove barriers that low-income patients face in the outpatient setting, such as challenges in scheduling and keeping appointments, lack of transportation, and difficulty taking time off from work.[4,5]