Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Reducing the incidence of cancer through life-saving screenings
I got screened for colorectal cancer. What about you?

Cancer Screenings Save Lives

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States (U.S.). The American Cancer Society estimates about 49,700 deaths will occur during 2015 to colon cancer in the U.S. Although the incidence of colon cancer has declined significantly over the past ten years, largely due to improvement in screening and early detection, rates of colon cancer remain highest in the Midwest.

The good news is that about half of all colon cancer deaths a year could be prevented if everyone age 50 and older got screened for colon cancer. Prevention and early detection improves health, saves lives and reduces healthcare costs. The primary reason cited for individuals having a cancer screening test is a physician recommendation.

Great Plains QIN team members are partnering with physician clinics to help implement a process that ensures recommendation and follow-up for all patients. Our three-part strategy includes:

  1. facilitating a regional Learning and Action Network;
  2. offering tailored technical assistance to clinics;
    3. Aligning public education and awareness with the National Cancer Roundtable 80% by 2018 campaign

We have recently developed maps of colorectal cancer screening rates for each of our four states (by county). Screening rates include Colonoscopies, Sigmoidoscopies, FOBTs and Barium Enemas. Percentages of screening rates are based on Medicare claims data (2015). You can access these maps below under the Quality Measures section. We plan to update each quarter when new data is available.

We invite all providers, community stakeholders, Medicare consumers, family members and caregivers to join us as we work to increase colorectal cancer screenings and reduce incidence of colon cancer in our region. To get involved and connected, join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN).

Dr. Richard Wender – Eighty by 2018

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Colorectal Cancer Screening News



Funding Valuable Colorectal Cancer Screening Navigation

The process of receiving healthcare services can be complicated and confusing. Colorectal cancer screening often requires appointment confirmation, transportation, medication and, everyone's favorite, bowel preparation. Receiving assistance from a screening navigator relieves stress for…read more →

Jelly Beans Aid Quality Improvement Change

Small changes can have a large-scale impact on day-to-day tasks.  Horizon Health Care, Inc., a network of federally qualified health centers serving South Dakota, used jelly beans to track progress on colorectal…read more →

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Training Events
Apr 11 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Webinar Playback   Overview and Purpose: Key patient-centered care topics will be presented in 15-20 minute webinar segments highlighting provider and clinician perspectives while introducing corresponding resources and tools during the Provider Perspectives on Patient-Centered[...]
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback Presentation Handout   Overview and Purpose: Colorectal cancer is preventable.  Precancerous polyps must be found and removed completely during a colonoscopy to achieve cancer prevention.  During this Web Ex, Dale Bachwich, MD,[...]
Mar 14 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Webinar Playback   Overview and Purpose: Key patient-centered care topics will be presented in 15-20 minute webinar segments highlighting provider and clinician perspectives while introducing corresponding resources and tools during the Provider Perspectives on Patient-Centered[...]
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Start WebEx Playback OQR and ASC Reporting/Surveillance Handout Dr Brooks Colonoscopy Quality Presentation   Endoscopy measures can be a challenge for hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Facility reported data suggests that locally, as well as[...]
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Do you have questions about FluFIT implementation? During the “FluFIT Implementation Office Hours,”  the North Dakota Flu FIT Workgroup was available for a Question & Answer (Q&A) session and to offer group technical assistance. Participants[...]
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Webinar
Please Note: All events are listed in Central Standard Time   Presentation Materials: Start WebEx Playback Anthony Montegut, MD presentation handout Tinka Duran, BA, CPH presentation handout WebEx Overview: Colorectal Cancer (CRC) is the third[...]
Mar 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Quality Measures

External Resources
Colorectal Cancer Infographic

Tools & Resources


External Resources
American Cancer Society
Colorectal Cancer Facts and Figures 2017-2019
Colorectal Cancer Fact Sheet
Colorectal Cancer Information and Resources
Colorectal Cancer Screening Clinician's Toolbox and Guide
Final USPSTF Recommendations for CRC Screening 
How to Increase Cancer Screening Rates in Practice: An Action Plan
JAMA News: USPSTF Recommendation Statement on Screening for Colorectal Cancer Screening
Medicare Preventive Services
National Cancer Institute
National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable
National Colon Cancer Alliance
Paying for Colorectal Cancer Screening Patient Navigation Toolkit
Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

Meet the Experts

Judy Beck

Judy Beck, RN, MSN

State Program Director / Quality Improvement Specialist
North Dakota
1-701-852-4231 Ext: 723
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Nikki Medalen

Nikki Medalen, MS, BSN, APHN-BC

Quality Improvement Specialist

North Dakota


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Tasha Peltier

Tasha Peltier, RT(R)

Quality Improvement Specialist

North Dakota


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Jennifer Geisert

Jennifer Geisert, RN, BSN

Quality Improvement Advisor
1-402-476-1399 Ext: 539
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Denise Kolba

Denise Kolba, MS, CNS, RN

Program Manager
South Dakota
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Kaitlin Nolte

Kaitlin Nolte, BA

Quality Improvement Project Manager
1-785-271-4179 Ext:379
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We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.

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