HMH offers self-referring mammograms

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 Hardin Memorial Hospital is now offering self-referring screening mammograms. A self-referring patient is a patient who requests to have a mammogram on her own initiative without a medical provider’s order. 

This is a standard process authorized by the FDA and already in place at many Kentucky hospitals. The primary goal is to engage patients who are currently not accessing preventive healthcare services. Initially, this will be implemented at the Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center and at the Brandenburg Diagnostic Center.

Patients will be asked to name their primary health care provider (with whom they have had an appointment in the past two years).

Or in the case of not having a provider, the patient will be asked to accept one offered by the facility.

Patients will only be permitted to request a screening mammogram, and must be asymptomatic. 

All patients will sign an acknowledgement that mammography is only a part of breast cancer screening, and that a physical exam by their primary care provider is recommended. 

Hardin Memorial Hospital will guarantee follow-up of all abnormal exams.

Patients who do not have a provider, who are unable to access their provider, or whose provider does not provide follow-up will be followed up by a provider from one of the HMH Family Care Centers.

Results of the mammogram studies will be communicated to each patient, sent to the patient’s designated primary provider, and maintained by Hardin Memorial Hospital for appropriate follow-up as needed.

Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances cover self-referral mammograms at Hardin Memorial Hospital. Each patient is responsible for determining insurance requirements including eligibility, referrals and authorization. 

Mammograms can be scheduled by calling 270-706-5444.