May 14, 2008

Legislating Screening for Atherosclerosis

JAMA. 2008;299(18):2147-2148. doi:10.1001/jama.299.18.2147

To the Editor: In his Commentary, Mr Jacobson1 called on national medical societies to oppose proposed Texas legislation that would mandate that health insurers provide reimbursement for screening to detect atherosclerosis, indicating that it is based on a flawed concept and should be rejected because it lacks endorsement from the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), or the European Society of Cardiology. The concept was introduced by the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Education (SHAPE).2 We believe that this Commentary contains several misunderstandings.

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