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; and 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 Resources tab. 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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Initiative Documents
CRC Patient Naviation ToolkitToolkitPaying for Colorectal Cancer Screening Patient Navigation ToolkitNational Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCR)
Fact Sheet on Colorectal CancerColorectal Cancer Fact Sheetpreventcancer.org
Infographic of Colorectal Cancer FactsInfographicColorectal Cancer InfographicCDC
Communications Guidebook: Tools and ResourcesToolkit80 by 2018 Communications GuidebookNational Colorectal Cancer Roundtable
South Dakota Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates, percentages by countyInfographicSouth Dakota Colorectal Cancer Screening RatesGPQIN
North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates, percentages by countyInfographicNorth Dakota Colorectal Cancer Screening RatesGPQIN
Nebraska Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates, percentages by countyInfographicNebraska Colorectal Cancer Screening RatesGPQIN
Kansas Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates, percentages by countyInfographicKansas Colorectal Cancer Screening RatesGPQIN
Colorectal Cancer Fact Sheet and Screening RatesFact SheetColorectal Cancer Overview and Fact SheetGPQIN
Colorectal Cancer Screening Clinician's Toolbox and GuideToolkitColorectal Cancer Screening Clinician's Toolbox and GuideAmerican Cancer Society
American Cancer Society's FluFOBT Program GuideToolkitFluFOBT Implementation Guide for Primary Care PracticesAmerican Cancer Society
Colorectal Cancer Facts and FiguresFact SheetColorectal Cancer Facts and FiguresAmerican Cancer Society
CRC Screening Rates Manual for CHCs- Steps for increasing RatesToolkitSteps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual for Community Health Centers National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable & ACS
A Primary Care Clinician's Evidence-Based TookitToolkitHow to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in PracticeAmerican Cancer Society, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Thomas Jefferson University
Initiative Links
American Indian Cancer FoundationAmerican Indian Cancer Foundation
Colorectal Cancer ScreeningsNational Colorectal Cancer Roundtable
Colorectal Cancer ScreeningsNational Colon Cancer Alliance
Colorectal Cancer ScreeningsNational Cancer Institute
Colorectal Cancer ScreeningsAmerican Cancer Society
Colorectal Cancer ScreeningsFluFIT/FluFOBT Campaign
Colorectal Cancer Screenings Final USPSTF Recommendations for CRC Screening
Colorectal Cancer Screenings JAMA News: USPSTF Recommendation Statement on Screening for Colorectal Cancer Screening
Urban Indian CARESUrban Indian CARES Program
Colorectal Cancer AwarenessNative American Programs
Centers for Disease Control and PreventionColorectal Cancer Information and Resources
This educational tool provides the following information on Medicare preventive services: Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)/Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes; International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10) diagnosis codes; coverage requirements; frequency requirements; and Medicare beneficiary liability for each Medicare preventive service.Medicare Preventive Services
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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Cancer Screening Contacts
NameCredential(s)TitleStateEmail Address
Kaitlin NolteBAQuality Improvement Project ManagerKansaskaitlin.nolte@area-a.hcqis.org
Jennifer GeisertRN, BSNQuality Improvement AdvisorNebraskajennifer.geisert@area-a.hcqis.org
Tasha PeltierRT(R)Quality Improvement SpecialistNorth Dakotatasha.peltier@area-a.hcqis.org
Denise KolbaMS, CNS, RNProgram Manager South Dakotadenise.kolba@area-a.hcqis.org

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Learning and Action Network

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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