“Thunderclap” social media campaign

The NCCRT is partnering with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health to promote colorectal cancer screening among Hispanics during March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. NCCRT members are invited to participate in a “Thunderclap” social media campaign, which includes a link to NCCRT’s new English and Spanish brochures and an action step for the public to contact the Alliance’s Su Familia helpline for information and screening referral. If interested, please follow the Alliance’s instructions below to register by March 22nd.

What is a Thunderclap?
If 100 supporters sign up by Wednesday, March 23rd at 12:00 noon EST then a message will collectively go out at that time over all of our social media accounts. The messages encourage prevention and give the Alliance’s Su Familia helpline number (1-866-783-2645) for information and screening referral.

How Do I Join?
1. Just click on each of the links below to join our English and Spanish Thunderclap Social Media Campaigns.
https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/39124-prevent-coloncancer?locale=en (English)
https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/39123-prevenga-el-c-ncerdecolon?locale=en (Spanish)
2. When you go to each link, click on the red FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and/or TUMBLR bar and enter your account information for the social media channels in which you are active.

What message goes out?
English campaign:
“March is #coloncancer awareness month. Call 1-866-783-2645 today for life-saving screening info and referrals. http://thndr.me/RK3ZM7”
Spanish campaign:
“Marzo, mes de la concientización sobre el #cancerdecolon. La detección temprana salva vidas. Llame al 866-783-2645 http://thndr.me/9ZiKWy”

Where Can I Get Help Signing Up?
Have questions? NAHH is happy to help. Please call George Lont at 202-797-4349 or email glont@healthyamericas.org.

Many thanks to our partners at the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, particularly Paul Baker and Adolph Falcon, as well as to our colleague, Emily Bell, for making this happen!

2016 NCCRT Annual Meeting – November 16th – 18th

The 2016 NCCRT Annual Meeting will be November 17th and 18th in Bethesda, MD at the DoubleTree Hilton. Pre-conference workshops (optional) will be held on Wednesday, November 16th.  The general session is scheduled to start on November 17th at 8:00 AM and wrap up on November 18th at 12:30 PM. View the  2016 NCCRT Annual Meeting Agenda (557 downloads) .

New 7:30am Start Time Friday Morning: Interest in the New Political Landscape panel, which starts our meeting on Friday morning has soared. In order to allow enough time for all the questions, we decided to move the start time of our meeting on Friday morning to 7:30am. The start time for Thursday remains 8:00am.

The NCCRT annual meeting is now at capacity. If you have not yet registered and would like to be added to the meeting attendance wait list, please submit your name, organization and email address at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCCRTWaitlistYou must be registered to attend.

If you need to cancel for any reason, please do not call the hotel, but rather let Dionne Christopher know by emailing her at Dionne.christopher@cancer.org. Since hotel spots are at a premium, she can be sure that the room stays in our block and is given to another attendee. Many thanks for your help with this request!

Commuter advisory: Please be advised there will be a reduction in service for the red line Metro trains that go into Bethesda during the week of our meeting. Some red line trains will be running at 50% reduced service, which will also lead to traffic congestion. Some stations along the red line are closed altogether. Bottom line – map out your commute in advance, give yourself extra time and bring your patience. For more information, click here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/metro-closures/

 

An overview of the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Colorectal Cancer Control Program (DP15-1502)

Registration is open for an NCCRT 80% by 2018 webinar that introduces participants to CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program. The webinar will be held on Thursday, January 14th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST. You must be pre-registered to join the webinar: https://acsevents.webex.com/acsevents/onstage/g.php?d=620689587&t=a

Description of Event:
The CDC recently awarded 31 grants designed to increase colorectal cancer screening rates among men and women aged 50 to 75 years after a competitive process. During this webinar, Faye L. Wong, MPH, Chief, Program Services Branch, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control and Djenaba A. Joseph, MD, MPH, CDR, U.S. Public Health Service, Medical Director, Colorectal Cancer Control Program, will give an introductory overview of the program including how the program will support evidence-based interventions, which systems it aims to support, how partners can get involved, and how the program will be evaluated.

Speakers:

Faye L. Wong, MPH
Chief, Program Services Branch
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Djenaba A. Joseph, MD, MPH
CDR, U.S. Public Health Service
Medical Director
Colorectal Cancer Control Program
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Audience:
This webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees and ACS Health Systems staff.

Registration information:
Please reserve your webinar seats now: https://acsevents.webex.com/acsevents/onstage/g.php?d=620689587&t=a

You must be pre-registered to join the Webinar.

 

 

 

 

NCCRT 80% by 2018 “mini webinar” on Exemplary Primary Care Practices

Tuesday, November 10th, 1:00pm EST — NCCRT 80% by 2018 “mini webinar” on Exemplary Primary Care Practices, featuring Dr. Jason Crawford of Community Health Alliance in Reno, Nevada

You must be pre-registered to join the webinar: https://acsevents.webex.com/acsevents/onstage/g.php?d=626466461&t=a

 Description of Event:

During this webinar, Dr. Jason Crawford, Chief Medical Officer of Community Health Alliance in Reno, Nevada and winner of the Nevada Cancer Coalition 2015  “Innovation Award,” will share his experience implementing practice improvements to increase colon cancer screening rates, including work they have done to address disparities issues.  We will also highlight an NCCRT 80% by 2018 resource document, What can primary care doctors do to advance 80% by 2018?

This webinar, “80% by 2018:  Exemplary Primary Care Practices,” is a part of an 80% by 2018 “mini webinar” series that will profile different “best practices” around 80% by 2018 in different categories.  Each is designed to deliver the content in 30 minutes or less, though speakers will be available to answer questions after the formal part of the presentation is over.  These webinars will feature real life colorectal cancer screening success stories, coupled with a review of an 80% by 2018 backgrounder.

 Speaker

 Jason P. Crawford, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer

Community Health Alliance

Reno, Nevada

 Audience:  This webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees and ACS Health Systems staff.

 Registration information:

Please reserve your webinar seats now: https://acsevents.webex.com/acsevents/onstage/g.php?d=626466461&t=a

You must be pre-registered to join the Webinar.

Spotlight on C5: New York City’s Colorectal Cancer Control Coalition Webinar

Save the Date!

Thursday, December 10th at 2:00-3:15pm EST – Spotlight on C5: New York City’s Colorectal Cancer Control Coalition

Speakers:

Steven Itzkowitz, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF
Professor of Medicine and Oncological Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Co-Chair, NY Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition (C5)

Mari Carlesimo, JD
Director, Cancer Prevention Program
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Director, C5

Lina Jandorf, MA
Research Professor
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Director of Cancer Community Outreach, Department of Oncological Sciences Director of Minority, Outreach, Recruitment and Education (MORE), Tisch Cancer Institute
Steering Committee, C5

 

Audience:

This webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees and ACS Health Systems staff.

Registration information:

Please reserve your webinar seats now: https://acsevents.webex.com/acsevents/onstage/g.php?d=623181961&t=a

You must be pre-registered to join the Webinar.

80% by 2018 Health Plans Webinar

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Registration is open for an NCCRT 80% by 2018 “mini webinar” on Exemplary Health Plan Practices The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 10th at 1:00pm EST.  The formal presentation will be completed by 1:30pm EST though the speaker will be available for questions until 2:00pm EST. 

Description of Event:

During this webinar, Andrew Zinkel, MD, MBA, Associate Medical Director of Quality at HealthPartners, an early support of the 80% by 2018 effort, will share HealthPartners experience with colon cancer screening efforts, including work they have done to use data to address disparities issues.  We will also highlight an NCCRT 80% by 2018 resource document, What can insurers do to advance 80% by 2018?

This webinar, “80% by 2018:  Exemplary Health Plan Practices”, is a part of an 80% by 2018 “mini webinar” series that will profile different “best practices” around 80% by 2018 in different categories.  Each is designed to deliver the content in 30 minutes or less, though speakers will be available to answer questions after the formal part of the presentation is over.  These webinars will feature real life colorectal cancer screening success stories, coupled with a review of an 80% by 2018 backgrounder.

 Speaker

 Andrew Zinkel, MD, MBA

Associate Medical Director of Quality

HealthPartners, Inc.

 Audience:

This webinar is open to NCCRT members, 80% by 2018 partners, CDC grantees and ACS Health Systems staff.

 Registration information:

Please reserve your webinar seats now: https://acsevents.webex.com/acsevents/onstage/g.php?d=668025787&t=a

 You must be pre-registered to join the Webinar.

 To download webinar flyer, click here

 Save the Dates!

This webinar is a part of a webinar series on key topics related to colorectal cancer that the NCCRT is hosting in the coming months.  Please hold the follow dates for the other webinars in the series:

Tuesday, September 29st 1:00pm EST – Evaluating Systems Change focused on Colorectal Cancer Screening (Note the new date!)

Tuesday, October 20th at 12:30pm EST  — 80% by 2018 Exemplary Program Series: What Primary Care Practices Can Do to Achieve 80% by 2018

Thursday, December 10th at 2:00pm EST – Lessons Learned from New York City’s New York Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition (C5)

Many thanks, and we hope you will be able to join!  If not, a replay will be made available shortly after the webinar.

National Health Center Week (August 9th – August 15th)

In celebration of National Health Center Week (August 9th to the 15th, 2015), the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) would like to thank all our friends and colleagues who work in community health centers to promote equal access to cancer screening and follow-up care.  As many of you know, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) was one of the first supporters of the 80% by 2018 goal and has been a committed partner in the effort.  You may not know that the 80% by 2018 goal was originally proposed by Dr. James Hotz, the NACHC representative to the NCCRT, who felt that both the NCCRT and NACHC were ready for a bold and audacious goal to reduce the burden of colon cancer in this country.  Click here to see a brief summary of NCCRT and ACS tools and resources available to help advance these important efforts.

 

HHS Guidance on Preventive Services — anesthesia services and BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing

HHS issued guidance today clarifying coverage consumers are entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.  This guidance indicates that issuers cannot impose cost-sharing for anesthesia services performed in connection with preventive colonoscopies.

Download FAQ’s here

Coverage of Colonoscopies Pursuant to USPSTF Recommendations

Q7: If a colonoscopy is scheduled and performed as a preventive screening procedure for colorectal cancer pursuant to the USPSTF recommendation, is it permissible for a plan or issuer to impose cost sharing with respect to anesthesia services performed in connection with the preventive colonoscopy?

No. The plan or issuer may not impose cost sharing with respect to anesthesia services performed in connection with the preventive colonoscopy if the attending provider determines that anesthesia would be medically appropriate for the individual.

The guidance on BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 testing may also be of interest.

Coverage of BRCA Testing

Q1: Must a plan or issuer cover without cost sharing recommended genetic counseling and BRCA genetic testing for a woman who has not been diagnosed with BRCA-related cancer but who previously had breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or other cancer?

Yes. The USPSTF recommends that “primary care providers screen women who have family members with breast, ovarian, tubal, or peritoneal cancer with 1 of several screening tools designed to identify a family history that may be associated with an increased risk for potentially harmful mutations in breast cancer susceptibility genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2). Women with positive screening results should receive genetic counseling and, if indicated after counseling, BRCA testing.” The USPSTF’s Final Recommendation Statement related to BRCA testing indicates that the recommendation “applies to asymptomatic women who have not been diagnosed with BRCA-related cancer.”

Therefore, as set out in the recommendations described above, as long as the woman has not been diagnosed with BRCA-related cancer, a plan or issuer must cover preventive screening, genetic counseling, and genetic testing without cost sharing, if appropriate, for a woman as determined by her attending provider, consistent with PHS Act section 2713 and its implementing regulations.

See the notice below for more details.

May 11, 2015

From: Paul Dioguardi

Director, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

RE:  Guidance on Preventive Services Including Contraception

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury are issuing important guidance to insurance companies and consumers today to help ensure that Americans have the coverage they are entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.

The law required that important preventive services, such as contraception and well-woman visits, be covered without out-of-pocket expenses (such as a co-pay or deductible).  These recommended preventive services are designed to help people stay healthy and to catch illnesses earlier on, when treatments can be more successful and costs are often lower.

But as the law has been implemented, issues have been raised by some women and from Members of Congress that insurance companies were not covering the contraceptive method recommended by doctors, as well as concerns from issuers that the existing guidance did not provide enough detail about how specific types of contraception should be covered.

Today’s guidance seeks to eliminate any ambiguity. Insurers must cover without cost-sharing at least one form of contraception in each of the methods (currently 18) that the FDA has identified for women in its current Birth Control Guide, including the ring, the patch and intrauterine devices, according to the guidance.

Additionally, the Departments are further clarifying a series of other important preventive services protections. The guidance:

  • Clarifies that if a woman is at increased risk for having a potentially harmful mutation in genes that suppress tumors – the BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 cancer susceptibility gene – a plan or issuer must cover the preventive screening, genetic counseling, and BRCA genetic testing with no cost-sharing, as long as the woman had not been diagnosed with BRCA-related cancer. Women with the BRCA-1 and 2 mutation have a risk of breast cancer that is about five times the normal risk, and a risk of ovarian cancer that is about 10 to 30 times normal.
  • Makes clear for transgender people that issuers cannot limit preventive services based on an individual’s sex assigned at birth, gender identity or recorded gender. Issuers should cover the preventive services that an individual’s provider, not an insurance company, determines are medically appropriate.
  • Clarifies that if a plan or issuer covers dependent children, they must provide recommended preventive services for those dependent children. This includes recommended services related to pregnancy, including preconception and prenatal care.
  • Indicates that issuers cannot impose cost-sharing for anesthesia services performed in connection with preventive colonoscopies.

The following quote can be attributed to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell –

“The Affordable Care Act was a major step forward in helping women get the health care services they need to stay healthy. Tens of millions of women are eligible to receive coverage of recommended preventive services without having to pay a co-pay or deductible, including contraception,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “Today, we are clarifying these coverage requirements, including access to the full range of contraceptive methods identified by the FDA, access to genetic counseling and testing for the BRCA gene as a preventative tool in the fight against cancer, and access to preventive services for transgender individuals.”

The FAQs are attached and are posted here.

Questions or Concerns? Contact HHSIEA@hhs.gov.

 

 

Colorectal Cancer Awareness car tag approved for sale in Mississippi

A new auto license plate (mockup shown above) has recently been approved by the Mississippi legislature and by the Governor!  Proceeds from the sale of this special tag will support colorectal cancer prevention and control in the Magnolia State.

We should all thank Dr. Sam Pace (shown above) for being a major citizen force behind this idea, and for all of the colorectal cancer advocacy work that he’s done.  If you are not familiar with his story, please take a few moments to hear him on this video: https://youtu.be/F4YrFfP2g_8 (Special thanks to Ann Sansing, Dr. David Buys & all of the good people at the MSU Extension Service for producing such a great video).

I would also like to thank Representative Margaret Ellis Rogers (R – New Albany) for sponsoring this legislation and getting it passed so quickly. I want to thank all members of the Mississippi House and Senate who voted for this legislation, and I would like to thank Governor Phil Bryant and his staff in the Governor’s Office for signing the legislation.

THIS STORY IS NOT OVER YET: As with all newly-authorized special auto license plates; the plates will not be produced until we pre-sell 300 plates. Although I do not yet have the pre-order information, I want you to consider pre-purchasing one of these plates so you can turn your vehicle into a mobile CRC screening awareness advertisement.  As soon as I receive that information, I’ll forward it to you.

Stay tuned for more good news, announcements and our summer work schedule.

Best wishes,

Roy

p.s. please forward this to others who may be interested in the 70×2020 Initiative.

Roy J. Duhé

Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Professor of Radiation Oncology

Associate Director for Cancer Education, University of Mississippi Cancer Institute

University of Mississippi Medical Center

2500 North State Street

Jackson, Mississippi 39216-4505

Phone: 1-601-984-1625 (office) 1-601-815-6860 (Jackson Medical Mall)

e-mail: rduhe@umc.edu

http://pharmacology.umc.edu/faculty/roy_duhe.html

http://cancerinstitute.umc.edu/profiles/duhe_roy.html

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/roy-duhe/7/66b/4b1

 

Providing financial support to the 70×2020 Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative at UMMC is easy, fast & secure:

Go online to https://www.umc.edu/givenow/Default.aspx , click on the donation box on the top line of the left column, and follow the donation instructions.

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