2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
November 14, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Rohrkaste, Felzkowski,
Rodriguez, Nygren, Kulp, Mursau, Tusler, Duchow, R. Brooks, Steffen,
Horlacher, Novak, Thiesfeldt, Quinn, E. Brooks, Steineke, Spiros, Born,
Genrich, Crowley, Anderson, Berceau, Sinicki, Ballweg, Krug, Kitchens,
Swearingen, Skowronski, Macco, Murphy, Tranel, Ripp and Edming,
cosponsored by Senators Darling, L. Taylor, Carpenter, Cowles, Feyen,
Johnson, Moulton, Olsen, Roth, Stroebel, Testin and Wirch. Referred to
Committee on Health.
1An Act to create
255.065 of the statutes; relating to: requiring facilities that
2perform mammography examinations to provide notice to certain patients
3regarding dense breast tissue and granting rule-making authority.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires a facility that performs mammography examinations to
provide a notice containing specific information about breast density to patients with
dense breast tissue. Federal law requires a facility that performs mammography
examinations to provide a patient with a summary of the results of each
mammography examination. The bill requires that the facility performing the
mammography examination provide a patient determined to have dense breast
tissue with a summary that includes a notice and specific information about dense
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
255.065 of the statutes is created to read:
5255.065 Breast density notification. (1)
In this section:
(a) “Dense breast tissue” means heterogeneously dense breasts or extremely 2
dense breasts based on the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System established 3
by the American College of Radiology.
(b) “Facility” has the meaning given in 42 USC 263b
(c) “Mammography” has the meaning given in s. 255.06 (1) (b).
A facility that performs mammography examinations shall, in delivering, 7
as required under 42 USC 263b
(f) (1) (G) (ii) (IV), a summary of the results of any 8
mammography examination, provide to patients with dense breast tissue a notice 9
regarding breast density in substantially the following form:
10BREAST DENSITY NOTIFICATION
Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue 12
is found in almost 40 percent of women and is a normal finding. However, studies 13
show that dense breast tissue can make it harder to find cancer on a mammogram 14
and is associated with a slightly increased risk of breast cancer. Regular screening 15
mammograms are still recommended for you. This information is provided to raise 16
your awareness about the result of your mammogram. You can use this information 17
to talk with your health care professional about your own risks for breast cancer. 18
Together, you can decide which screening options are right for you. The results of 19
your mammogram were sent to your doctor. Please note that breast density is 20
affected by several factors and may change over time.
Nothing in this section may be construed to create a duty of care or other 22
legal obligation beyond the duty to provide notice as set forth in this section.