CRC News: February 8, 2022

Registration Now Open: Annual Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Webcast!

Registration is open for NCCRT’s annual National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month webcast on Tuesday, March 8th from 2-3 PM ET. We hope you will join us to celebrate national achievements and to hear the latest state of the field updates that inform our work. Hear from Steven Itzkowitz, MD, and Robert Smith, PhD, NCCRT co-chairs; Sallyann C. King, MD, MSc, FAHA, Medical Director, Colorectal Cancer Control Program, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and other special guests.

The webcast will also feature our 2022 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards winners—stay tuned for the announcement the first week of March!

The webcast is free and is open to NCCRT members, 80% Pledge partners, CDC grantees, ACS and ACS CAN staff, and other partners working to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. Pre-registration is required.

 

Register Now: Let’s Beat Colorectal Cancer – An Update for the Black Community

The NCCRT is proud to sponsor an upcoming Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month event from the Association of Black Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists (ABGH), a non-profit organization founded in 2021 by gastroenterologists and hepatologists for the purpose of addressing health care disparities in gastrointestinal and liver diseases disproportionately affecting Black communities.

Join the ABGH on March 10, 2022 from 8:00-9:00 PM ET to learn about what colorectal cancer is, find out what’s new with colorectal cancer screening and how to get screened, and hear powerful stories from survivors and caregivers. Register at letsbeatcrc.eventbrite.com. Follow ABGH at www.blackingastro.org.

 

Reminder: Call for Nominations for the 2022 Cancer Prevention Laurels Awards & Call for Poster Submissions

The NCCRT is pleased to join the Prevent Cancer Foundation as co-sponsors of their prestigious Laurel awards program. You are invited to nominate individuals who you believe deserve this recognition. Submit your nominations by COB on Wednesday, March 2. If you have any questions, please contact Hayley Berger at hayley.berger@preventcancer.org.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation is also seeking poster abstract submissions to be presented at the upcoming Dialogue (details below) by Thursday, March 3. Learn more about this opportunity and how to submit your abstract.

Additionally, please save the date for the Foundation’s annual Prevent Cancer Dialogue: Prevention, Screening, Action on June 9-10, 2022. For more about the Laurels awards and the Dialogue, visit www.preventcancerdialogue.org.

 

NCCRT Member Events

  • Exact Sciences, an NCCRT member, is hosting a webinar tomorrow, Wednesday, February 9th, 2022, with viewing options at 2:00pm ET and 6:00pm ET titled, The Exact Science Behind Cologuard®: Impact of Real-World Adherence of CRC Screening on Modeled Health Outcomes and Cost-effectiveness. The program will include Chief Medical Officer, Paul Limburg, MD, MPH, AGAF, and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Durado Brooks, MD, MPH.

Registration is now open for the 2022 Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium (SECRCC) conference to be held June 15-17, 2022, in Irving, Texas. The conference provides an opportunity for consortium members to discuss challenges and share knowledge, tools, resources, and strategic approaches to increase CRC screening rates for the southeast.

 

Many thanks for the great work you do!

The NCCRT Team

 

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CRC News: February 2, 2022

Today, President Joe Biden announced a relaunch of the “Cancer Moonshot” program with a goal of reducing the death rate from cancer by at least 50 percent over the next 25 years.

Also today, the President’s Cancer Panel released a timely report that spotlights innovative approaches to improve the uptake of cancer screening nationwide and also calls for expanding evidence-based programs to better address equity in cancer screening access and outcomes. The report, Closing Gaps in Cancer Screening: Connecting People, Communities, and Systems to Improve Equity and Access, identifies four critical goals to improve cancer screening rates and to close gaps in screening access:

  1. Improve and align cancer screening communication;
  2. Facilitate equitable access to cancer screening;
  3. Strengthen workforce collaborations to support cancer screening and risk assessment; and
  4. Create health information technology that promotes appropriate cancer risk assessment and screening.

The report includes a recommendation to “Expand and strengthen National Cancer Roundtables that include a focus on cancer screening”, and specifically acknowledges the NCCRT as an exemplary model to promote evidence-based cancer screening strategies. Since our founding in 1997, the NCCRT has acted as a catalyst to stimulate work on key issues around colorectal cancer. With our 80% in Every Community campaign, launched in 2019, we have a renewed collaborative focus toward driving effective and equitable cancer screening priorities.

Dr. Steven Itzkowitz shared: “As Chair of the NCCRT, I’d like to commend the Panel for their focus on the critical need to prioritize cancer screening and in particular for their recognition of the national roundtables. For 25 years, the NCCRT has been committed to increasing awareness and access to timely colorectal cancer screening in every community. It’s clear that our work is as important as ever, and that our screening efforts are THE opportunity to end colorectal cancer as we know it.”

But of course, a roundtable’s strength is built on the engagement of its dedicated member organizations, and we want to take a moment to sincerely thank all of our members and partners who make the NCCRT a strong, united, and productive coalition. We look forward to working with you to do our part to implement the recommendations and continue to play a leadership role in efforts to make impactful and long last change to colorectal cancer outcomes.

With gratitude for your passion and dedication,

The NCCRT team

 

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CRC News: January 12, 2022

Dear NCCRT Members and 80% Partners,

We are thinking of you and hope that you stay healthy and safe during this latest surge of cases in the COVID-19 pandemic. We also want to share our gratitude with those of you who are working long hours on the front lines in health care. We are humbled by your dedication and appreciate all that you are doing to care for people in your communities.

Please read on for several updates and a special message from Dr. Steven Itzkowitz, our new NCCRT chair.

Be safe and well,

The NCCRT Team

Policy Success: Health Plans Can No Longer Impose Cost Sharing for Follow-up Colonoscopy

For years NCCRT members have been advocating for a policy fix to ensure patients do not receive charges for a colonoscopy following a positive non-colonoscopy screening test. (The Affordable Care Act eliminates cost-sharing for United States Preventive Services Task Force–recommended preventative services for individuals who are privately insured, including screening for colorectal cancer, but some health plans apply cost-sharing to follow-up colonoscopies.) As of Monday, this policy loophole has been addressed!

On January 10th, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury issued FAQs regarding coverage of colonoscopies pursuant to USPSTF recommendations. The FAQ specifies that plans are required to cover without cost-sharing, a follow-up colonoscopy performed to evaluate a positive non-invasive stool-based screening test or direct visualization test. Plans and issuers must provide coverage without cost sharing for plan or policy years beginning on or after May 31, 2022.

The Administration’s new policy does not change Medicare’s rules, which have not been updated to provide coverage of follow-up colonoscopies at no cost. With respect to Medicaid coverage, individuals who have Medicaid because their states expanded the program would receive a follow-up colonoscopy at no cost. However, individuals in the traditional Medicaid programs would not necessarily benefit from the new policy (because preventive services are not a mandatory benefit for this population), though each state could choose to update their Medicaid benefits.

Despite these limitations, this is a tremendous success, thanks in no small part to the work of numerous NCCRT members.

View the FAQs (see questions seven and eight on pages 11-12).

View the ACS CAN press release: New Guidance from Administration Helps Ensure Coverage for Follow-up Colonoscopies, Will Save Lives from Colon Cancer.

New 80% Blog Post: Welcome to the New Year from Dr. Steven Itzkowitz, NCCRT Chair

Don’t miss the latest post on the 80% Blog from Steven Itzkowitz, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, our new NCCRT chair! Hear his reflections on our work in 2021, a bit about what the NCCRT is working on in 2022, and his hopes for our work together this year.

NCCRT Welcomes a New Program Manager!

We’re excited to welcome Ivonne Lopez, MA, to the NCCRT team! Ivonne will be responsible for managing ongoing NCCRT projects, assisting the directors in planning NCCRT events and strategic forums, among other activities. Until recently, Ivonne served as the COVID-19 Response Project Manager for the Hispanic Health Council in Hartford, CT. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Global Development with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. Ivonne brings a wealth of experience working with volunteers, creating strategies to work effectively with diverse populations, and managing complex projects and programs.

We are thrilled for Ivonne to join the NCCRT team and hope you will have the opportunity to get to know her soon!

Call for Nominations for the 2022 Cancer Prevention Laurels Awards

The NCCRT is pleased to join the Prevent Cancer Foundation as co-sponsors of their prestigious Laurel awards program. You are invited to nominate individuals who you believe deserve this recognition. Awards will be made in these categories to recognize work in any area of cancer prevention or early detection, especially in times of COVID:

  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for National Leadership
  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for Dedication to Community Service
  • Cancer Prevention Laurel for Increasing Health Equity through Innovation

You may make one or more nominations; however, you may nominate someone for only one award category and may make only one nomination per award category. Provide a letter for each nomination describing why the nominee should be recognized with a particular award and include a short biographical sketch (no CVs, please). Submit your nominations by COB on Wednesday, March 2. If you have any questions, please contact Hayley Berger at hayley.berger@preventcancer.org.

Additionally, please save the date for the Foundation’s annual Prevent Cancer Dialogue: Prevention, Screening, Action on June 9-10, 2022. For more about the Laurels awards and the Dialogue, visit www.preventcancerdialogue.org.

Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium Save the Date

Save the date for the 2022 Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium (SECRCC) conference to be held June 15-17, 2022, in Irving, Texas. The conference provides an opportunity for consortium members to discuss challenges and share knowledge, tools, resources, and strategic approaches to increase CRC screening rates for the southeast.

 

Many thanks for the great work you do!

The NCCRT Team

 

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CRC News: December 16, 2021

2021 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting Presentations Now Available

Many of the presentations from NCCRT’s 2021 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting, hosted virtually on November 15-17, are now available online. View keynote, panel, and concurrent session recordings and slides by visiting the meeting webpage. Please note: If a presentation is not linked, we either do not have permission to post the slides or permission is pending. We will update with newly approved presentations as they become available.

Pro Tip: Did you miss NCCRT’s infamous musical performances from the 2021 meeting? Find them in the opening sessions for Nov. 15 and Nov. 17!

 

Opportunity to Advocate for CRC Screening Coverage at 45

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance, an NCCRT member, shared the following opportunity to urge health insurance companies to cover colorectal cancer screenings beginning at age 45:

Please help speed insurance coverage of colorectal cancer screening starting at age 45, per the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s new guideline. Cosign a letter which the Colorectal Cancer Alliance will submit to insurance companies in the new year. Please sign by Wednesday, December 22.

You may also share the unbranded copy and images from this social media kit with your organization or advocates to encourage payer coverage at 45.

For more information on this advocacy effort, please visit this page.

 

GI Societies Endorse CRC Screening Age of 45

On November 15, the United States Multi-Society Task Force (MSTF) on colorectal cancer (CRC) released updated screening recommendations, endorsing 45 as the age to start average-risk CRC screening. These recommendations solidify the announcement in May 2021 supporting the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in lowering the screening age.

The MSTF, which is comprised of representatives from AGA, ACG and ASGE, updated the 2017 CRC screening recommendations, focusing on the specific questions of when to start and when to stop CRC screening in average-risk individuals.

 

New NCCN CRC Screening Guideline for Patients

Earlier this month, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN®) announced the publication of new NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Colorectal Cancer Screening. This new, free guide for patients and caregivers breaks down the different ways screening can be done and explains the recommended timing according to the latest research.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients are based on the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®), which are determined by multidisciplinary teams of experts from across NCCN Member Institutions. The new guide is supported in part by NCCRT member Fight Colorectal Cancer.

The NCCN issued a corresponding press release.

CRC News: November 30, 2021

Welcome our New NCCRT Chair, Dr. Steven Itzkowitz!

The NCCRT is excited to announce that the membership voted to approve Steven Itzkowitz, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF as NCCRT’s latest Chair at the 2021 NCCRT Annual Meeting on November 15th. Dr. Itzkowitz is Professor of Medicine, Oncological Sciences, and Medical Education, and Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Itzkowitz has been engaged with the NCCRT for many years, having served as a Steering Committee member and as a recent Co-Chair of the Family History & Early Age Onset CRC Strategic Priority Team. He’s held numerous leadership positions, including as a current member of the President’s Cancer Panel Subcommittee on Colorectal Cancer Screening, a former Chair of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Section of the American Gastroenterological Association, and past Co-Chair of the New York Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition (“C5 Coalition”). Learn more about Dr. Itzkowitz.

Dr. Itzkowitz shared: “I am indeed honored and humbled to assume the Chair of the NCCRT, an organization that I have been privileged to be part of for so many years. With the impressive support team of NCCRT, I look forward to working our butts off to reduce the burden of colorectal cancer in every community.”

And for those of you that were not able to attend NCCRT’s meeting earlier this month, we want to assure you that Dr. Richard Wender, recent past NCCRT Chair, intends to remain very much engaged with the NCCRT in the role of “chair emeritus” on the Steering Committee. We look forward to his continued engagement with our work and thank him for his visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to increasing colorectal cancer screening.

 

One Day Left to Nominate! 2022 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards

It’s not too late to get your nominations in for the 2022 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards! You now have until end of day Wednesday, December 1st to submit your nominations for individuals or organizations that are dedicating their time, talent and expertise to advancing needed initiatives that support the shared goal to reach colorectal screening rates of 80% and higher in communities across the nation. Self-nominations are also accepted!

Visit the awards webpage to learn about contest rules, prizes and recognition, and to submit your nomination. The top nominee will receive a $3,000 donation to support their efforts (see the website for details and exceptions).

The 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards program is made possible in part by support from our sponsors. Thank you to Guardant Health for sponsoring the 2022 awards program!

CRC News: November 22, 2021

Deadline Extended: Nominations for the 2022 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards

It’s not too late to get your nominations in for the 2022 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards! You now have until end of day Monday, November 29th to submit your nominations for individuals or organizations that are dedicating their time, talent and expertise to advancing needed initiatives that support the shared goal to reach colorectal screening rates of 80% and higher in communities across the nation. Self-nominations are also accepted!

Visit the awards webpage to learn about contest rules, prizes and recognition, and to submit your nomination. The top nominee will receive a $3,000 donation to support their efforts (see the website for details and exceptions).

The 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards program is made possible in part by support from our sponsors. Thank you to Guardant Health for sponsoring the 2022 awards program!

 

The 2021 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting Was a Success!

Thank you so much to those of you that were able to join us live for the 2021 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting (virtual, Nov. 15-17)! It was a dynamic program with expert presentations, interactive discussion, and three—yes three!—musical performances. We are incredibly grateful to our Planning Committee and Steering Committee for their thoughtful planning, to our speakers for their inspiring presentations, to our sponsors for their generous support, and to our members and 80% partners for their active engagement. Thank you!

Session Slides & Recordings: Session recordings are now available to those that registered for the event on the conference website. Click on “Schedule” at the top to find the “On Demand” recordings. (This is available to any registrant whether you attended or not, but unfortunately we do not have a way of granting access to individuals that did not register.) In the next couple weeks, we will also host the recordings and PDF copies of the slides on the NCCRT website, www.nccrt.org, where they will be accessible long-term. We will update you in this newsletter when these are available.

 

CRC News: November 3, 2021

Last Call! Register for Today’s Pre-Meeting Session: What Do the Data Tell Us?

Each year NCCRT members and partners look forward to the highly rated, repeat panel: What Do the Data Tell Us: What Can We Learn from the Latest Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate Trends Over Time? This year’s panel will take place as a pre-meeting to the 2021 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting (Nov. 15-17) today from 1:00-2:00 PM ET.

The session will provide a look at the latest colorectal cancer screening data sets to assess our progress in reaching colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% and higher in communities across the nation. Join this session to hear from the experts on the latest screening rate data from the key colorectal cancer screening data sets: BRFSS, NHIS, HEDIS, and UDS.

It’s also not too late to register for the 2021 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting (virtual, Nov. 15-17)! We have an exciting agenda planned and hope you will join us.

 

Job Opportunities at the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is seeking applicants for two positions that will have oversight to colorectal cancer screening work and collaborate with the NCCRT. Both opportunities are remote, home-based positions.

  • Director, Hospital Systems Capacity Building – cultivates and supports partnerships and capacity-building assistance to hospital systems, integrated delivery systems, state and local health departments and other health systems across the U.S.
  • Senior Director, Prevention & Early Detection – oversees and directs the design, execution and evaluation of cancer prevention and early detection programs at the national, state and local levels with a focus on reducing disparities and advancing heath equity.

 

Reminder: Submit Your Nominations for the 2022 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards

The NCCRT is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2022 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards, a competitive recognition program that seeks to highlight colorectal cancer screening success stories by recognizing individuals and organizations who are dedicating their time, talent and expertise to advancing the shared goal to reach colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% and higher in communities across the nation.

Visit the awards webpage to learn about contest rules, prizes and recognition, and to submit your nomination. The nominations deadline is November 19th, 2021.

The 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards program is made possible in part by support from Platinum sponsors to our 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting. Thank you to Guardant Health for sponsoring the 2022 awards program!

 

The Colon Cancer Foundation is Seeking Applicants to a New Ambassador Program

The Colon Cancer Foundation, a NCCRT member, is launching an ambassador program called CRC Champions. From CCF: Are you a passionate supporter of our organization’s mission, A World Without Colorectal Cancer™? Then CRC Champions is a perfect opportunity to help promote the message. We’re looking for engaged CRC patients, caregivers, survivors, or anyone affected by the disease who wants to help increase awareness about CRC and the importance of earlier conversations leading to on-time CRC screening. Apply now.

 

Reminder: New Funding Opportunity from Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) invites applications for the SU2C Colorectal Cancer Health Equity Community Engagement Grant. The grant supports grassroots level engagement to increase colorectal cancer screening rates to 80% among minority and traditionally underrepresented populations. Learn more and apply by Friday, November 19, 2021 at 12pm ET.

Additional inquiries about the program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application materials can be directed to the SU2C Advocacy Office at: advocacy@su2c.org or 424-283-3671.

CRC News: October 22, 2021

Nominations for the 2022 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards Are Open!

The NCCRT is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2022 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards, a competitive recognition program that seeks to highlight colorectal cancer screening success stories by recognizing individuals and organizations who are dedicating their time, talent and expertise to advancing the shared goal to reach colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% and higher in communities across the nation. Of course, we welcome nominations of partners who have reached 80%, but we are also looking to recognize systems who are seeing noted improvements in baseline screening rates or recognize individual champions who have made a difference through leadership or other means.

Visit the awards webpage to learn about contest rules, prizes and recognition, and to submit your nomination. The top nominee will receive a $3,000 donation to support their efforts (see the website for details and exceptions). The nominations deadline is November 19th, 2021.

Would you be willing to help us promote the call for nominations to the 2022 awards program? Use this template newsletter blurb in your newsletter or listservs to share this opportunity with your colleagues and partners! We also encourage you to retweet/repost the messages we are sharing through @NCCRTnews. Thank you!

The 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards program is made possible in part by support from Platinum sponsors to our 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting. Thank you to Guardant Health for sponsoring the 2022 awards program!

 

Register Now for the Nov. 3 Pre-Meeting Session: What Do the Data Tell Us?

Each year NCCRT members and partners look forward to the highly rated, repeat panel: What Do the Data Tell Us: What Can We Learn from the Latest Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate Trends Over Time? This year’s panel will take place as a pre-meeting to the 2021 80% in Every Community Conference & NCCRT Annual Meeting (Nov. 15-17) on November 3 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET.

The session will provide a look at the latest colorectal cancer screening data sets to assess our progress in reaching colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% and higher in communities across the nation. Join this session to hear from the experts on the latest screening rate data from the key colorectal cancer screening data sets: BRFSS, NHIS, HEDIS, and UDS.

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System – Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NCCRT Steering Committee
  • Healthcare Effectiveness Data – Sepheen Byron, Assistant Vice President, Performance Measurement, National Committee for Quality Assurance
  • Uniform Data System – Neeraj Deshpande MBBS, MPH, MHA, Public Health Analyst, Quality Recognition and Health Promotion Team, Bureau of Primary Health Care/Office of Quality Improvement, DHHS/Health Resources and Services Administration
  • National Health Interview Survey – Stacey Fedewa, Senior Principal Scientist, Surveillance Research, American Cancer Society, Inc.

 

Deadline Today: Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Changes to the CRC Screening HEDIS Measure

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) invites the public to comment on proposed changes to the HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) measure set. Items available for public comment include the following proposed changes to the Colorectal Cancer Screening measure:

1. Expanding the measure to assess appropriate screening for CRC in ages 45-49 (from the current 50-75) in measurement year (MY) 2022.

2. Adding the Medicaid product line for reporting in MY 2022.

3. Removing the hybrid reporting option in MY 2022 and establish reporting using only the Electronic Clinical Data Systems Method in MY 2023 (to reduce the burden of manual chart review).

Public comment on these proposed changes will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday, October 21.

How to Comment:

1. Go to My NCQA.

2. Once logged in, click to select Public Comments.

3. Click Add Comment.

4. In the Product field, click to select HEDIS ad hoc Public Comment from the drop-down menu.

5. Click the Instructions link to view public comment materials, including instructions and proposed measure specifications.

6. Click to select the Topic and Element (measure) on which you want to comment.

7. Click to select your support option (e.g., Support, Do not support, Support with modifications). Note: If you chose Do not support, include the reason in the text box. If you chose Support with modifications, enter the suggested modifications in the text box.

8. Enter your comments in the Comments box. Note: Comments may not be more than 2,500 characters. We suggest you develop comments in Word to check your character limit and save a copy for reference. Use the “cut and paste” function to copy your comment into the Comments box.

9. Click Submit after each comment. After you have submitted all comments, click Close. You will be able to view and download all your submitted comments.

CRC News: October 18, 2021

 

Job Opportunity: NCCRT Program Manager

The American Cancer Society is seeking applicants for the position of Program Manager with the NCCRT. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work with the NCCRT directors, Emily Bell and Kaitlin Sylvester, to coordinate the activities of a long-standing and thought leading national coalition along with supporting efforts related to the ACS’s and NCCRT’s nationwide 80% in Every Community initiative. This is a remote, home-based position.

Please share the opportunity widely!

 

New Funding Opportunity from Stand Up To Cancer – SU2C Colorectal Cancer Health Equity Community Engagement Grant

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) invites applications for the SU2C Colorectal Cancer Health Equity Community Engagement Grant. The grant supports grassroots level engagement to increase colorectal cancer screening rates to 80% among minority and traditionally underrepresented populations. Two-year grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 will be given to organizations located in the communities where the SU2C Colorectal Cancer Dream Team members are conducting their research – the greater areas of (1) Los Angeles, California, (2) Boston, Massachusetts and (3) the Great Plains Tribal Communities in South Dakota. In doing so, community engagement grant recipients support the goal of the Dream Team to create “SU2C Zones”. SU2C is particularly interested in community engagement strategies and practices that can be replicated and sustained.

Learn more and apply by Friday, November 19, 2021 at 12pm ET. A press release is also available.

Additional inquiries about the program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application materials can be directed to the SU2C Advocacy Office at: advocacy@su2c.org or 424-283-3671.

 

Reminder: Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Changes to the CRC Screening HEDIS Measure

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) invites the public to comment on proposed changes to the HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) measure set. Items available for public comment include the following proposed changes to the Colorectal Cancer Screening measure:

  1. Expanding the measure to assess appropriate screening for CRC in ages 45-49 (from the current 50-75) in measurement year (MY) 2022.
  2. Adding the Medicaid product line for reporting in MY 2022.
  3. Removing the hybrid reporting option in MY 2022 and establish reporting using only the Electronic Clinical Data Systems Method in MY 2023 (to reduce the burden of manual chart review).

Public comment on these proposed changes will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday, October 21.

How to Comment:

  1. Go to My NCQA.
  2. Once logged in, click to select Public Comments.
  3. Click Add Comment.
  4. In the Product field, click to select HEDIS ad hoc Public Comment from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click the Instructions link to view public comment materials, including instructions and proposed measure specifications.
  6. Click to select the Topic and Element (measure) on which you want to comment.
  7. Click to select your support option (e.g., Support, Do not support, Support with modifications). Note: If you chose Do not support, include the reason in the text box. If you chose Support with modifications, enter the suggested modifications in the text box.
  8. Enter your comments in the Comments box. Note: Comments may not be more than 2,500 characters. We suggest you develop comments in Word to check your character limit and save a copy for reference. Use the “cut and paste” function to copy your comment into the Comments box.
  9. Click Submit after each comment. After you have submitted all comments, click Close. You will be able to view and download all your submitted comments.

CRC News: October 8, 2021

Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Changes to the CRC Screening HEDIS Measure

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) invites the public to comment on proposed changes to the HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) measure set. Items available for public comment include the following proposed changes to the Colorectal Cancer Screening measure:

  1. Expanding the measure to assess appropriate screening for CRC in ages 45-49 (from the current 50-75) in measurement year (MY) 2022.
  2. Adding the Medicaid product line for reporting in MY 2022.
  3. Removing the hybrid reporting option in MY 2022 and establish reporting using only the Electronic Clinical Data Systems Method in MY 2023 (to reduce the burden of manual chart review).

Public comment on these proposed changes will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday, October 21.

How to Comment:

  1. Go to My NCQA.
  2. Once logged in, click to select Public Comments.
  3. Click Add Comment.
  4. In the Product field, click to select HEDIS ad hoc Public Comment from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click the Instructions link to view public comment materials, including instructions and proposed measure specifications.
  6. Click to select the Topic and Element (measure) on which you want to comment.
  7. Click to select your support option (e.g., Support, Do not support, Support with modifications). Note: If you chose Do not support, include the reason in the text box. If you chose Support with modifications, enter the suggested modifications in the text box.
  8. Enter your comments in the Comments box. Note: Comments may not be more than 2,500 characters. We suggest you develop comments in Word to check your character limit and save a copy for reference. Use the “cut and paste” function to copy your comment into the Comments box.
  9. Click Submit after each comment. After you have submitted all comments, click Close. You will be able to view and download all your submitted comments.

Updates: 2021 NCCRT Annual Meeting & 80% in Every Community Conference

We’re making exciting progress in planning the 2021 NCCRT Annual Meeting & 80% in Every Community Conference, which will be hosted virtually the afternoons of November 15-17, 2021. The theme this year is: Urgency and Resolve: Sharpening our focus on 80% in Every Community, and the event will feature presentations by nationally known experts, thought leaders, and decision makers on colorectal cancer screening policy and delivery, with opportunities to network and learn from each other.

Please note the following updates for NCCRT Members and 80% Partners:

  • Agenda: We’ve added several new speakers and will continue to update our agenda on our meeting webpage with additions over the coming weeks.
  • Pre-conference sessions: Please save the date for our two pre-conference sessions:
    • What Do the Data Tell Us: What Can We Learn from the Latest Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate Trends Over Time? – Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1:00-2:00 PM
    • NCCRT Orientation – Thursday, Nov. 4, 2:00-3:00 PM (NCCRT Members only)
  • Registration: Please keep an eye out for an email invitation to register for our meeting next week, which will come from our conference platform, CVENT, and will include our meeting name in the subject line. There is no cost to attend the event
  • Sponsorship: Each year our program is made possible by the generous support of our members and partners. Visit our Sponsorship Opportunities webpage to learn more about sponsorship and recognition. And, thank you to the organizations that have already pledged their support!

Updates for NCCRT Members:

  • Strategic Priority Team Meetings: If you have not done so already, please sign up to participate in a Strategic Priority Team meeting of your choice. These teams are incredibly vital to NCCRT’s success and we use this time to focus on critical topics and emerging issues surrounding colorectal cancer prevention and early detection in preparation for the NCCRT Annual Meeting. There’s still time to sign up for one of our four remaining sessions. Please complete this form to register.
  • Changes to your NCCRT Member Representatives? NCCRT member invitations to the NCCRT Annual Meeting are sent to each member representative. If there have been changes to your staff or if you’d like to ensure that we have the right names on our list, please email nccrt@cancer.org so that we can update our lists before registration invitations go out.

Blog Post with Esperanza Health Centers, 2021 80% in Every Community National Achievement Award Honoree

Don’t miss the latest post on the 80% Blog featuring Esperanza Health Centers, our 2021 80% in Every Community National Achievement Award honoree in the Community Health Centers category. Learn about how Esperanza used a team-based care approach to increase colorectal cancer screening rates from a baseline of 43% in 2015 to 80% in 2017, with rates remaining above 80% through 2019. Congratulations again to Esperanza Health Centers, and many thanks to Andrew Van Wieren, MD and Ted Hufstader, MPH for spending time with us to share how they achieved success!

Lastly, the call for nominations to the 2022 80% in Every Community National Achievement Awards program is coming soon!

 

Stand Up To Cancer and Hip Hop Public Health Launch CRC Screening Education Initiative

Stand Up To Cancer® and Hip Hop Public Health, an organization dedicated to building health equity through the transformative power of music, art and science, have joined forces to create a health literacy initiative featuring an original song and music video that raise awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening. The PSAs specifically focus on reaching Black and Hispanic Americans, who are disproportionally impacted by low colorectal cancer screening rates. Visit the Hip Hop Public Health website to view the music videos and press releases.