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CRC News: January 4, 2024

CRC News: January 4, 2024

Welcome to the latest edition of CRC News, the American Cancer Society National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (ACS NCCRT) periodic newsletter for ACS NCCRT members working toward our shared goal to reach 80% in Every Community.

2023 ACS NCCRT Annual Meeting Session Recordings Now Available

View and Bookmark Standout Keynotes and Panels

The 2023 ACS NCCRT Annual Meeting (Nov. 15-17) provided a dynamic program with expert presentations and fruitful discussions. Select slides and select session recordings are now available on the 2023 ACS NCCRT Annual Meeting webpage. You can also access the recordings in our YouTube playlist.

Webinar graphic for 1/24/24

Webinar Registration Now Available

New Lead Time Messaging Guidebook: A Tool to Encourage On-Time Colorectal Cancer Screening

Last month, we announced the release of the ACS NCCRT’s latest resource: Lead Time Messaging Guidebook: A Tool to Encourage On-Time Colorectal Cancer Screening. This guidebook is intended to provide you with information and tools to help motivate individuals at average and heightened risk for colorectal cancer (CRC) to discuss screening prior to the recommended screening age. Our belief is that this will increase the likelihood that they will prioritize getting screened on-time for CRC.  

Register for our webinar on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, from 2:00-3:00 PM ET to learn more about this new resource and the market research that helped inform this work.

The webcast is free and is open to ACS 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.

Sign On Opportunity

Ask President Biden to Declare March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

With the start of 2024, ACS NCCRT member Fight Colorectal Cancer is getting ready to send a request to President Biden to ask him to declare March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and to light the White House blue in March. Fight Colorectal Cancer is offering an opportunity to sign the letter to show strong support from the colorectal cancer community. If your organization would like to participate, view the letter and fill out the form by end of day Friday, January 12, 2024.

New from the American Cancer Society

Training and Credentialing Program for Patient Navigators

The American Cancer Society is excited to announce the launch of Leadership in Oncology Navigation (ACS LIONTM), a standardized training and credentialing program for patient navigators who deliver essential non-clinical support.

Available January 1, 2024, ACS LION meets the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) training requirements for “Principal Illness Navigation” reimbursement, as introduced in the 2024 CMS Physician Fee Schedule, and is aligned to professional oncology navigation (PONT) standards.

Priced at $495 per learner, this program is completed online and is self-paced. Grants for learners are available. Details about the program and course modules will be available on January 1 at

In addition to training and credentialing, ACS, in collaboration with the ACS National Navigation Roundtable, will continue to serve as a national convener of stakeholders interested in the implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of patient navigation. We’ll offer a variety of resources to help oncology providers build effective and efficient professional navigation services.

Early in 2024, we will host the first in a series of live and recorded webinars to provide focused, practical guidance to oncology teams interested in enhancing and billing for professional navigation services.

Webinar dates:

  • Available January 4: CMS Principal Illness Navigation Documentation & Billing Primer (recorded webinar)
  • January 12, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET or January 23, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. ET: ACS Leadership in Oncology Navigation (live session, featuring Drs. Arif Kamal and Shanthi Sivendran)

Access or register at Questions? Please contact us at [email protected].

Upcoming Member & Partner Events:

Register and Save the Date for these Upcoming Programs

  • Registration is open for the Colon Cancer Foundation’s 8th Annual EAO-CRC Summit on February 9-10, 2024 in Nashville, TN. The summit will feature discussions on cutting edge medical and research advances, community building, conversation and action focused on addressing early-age onset colorectal cancer. 
  • The Association of Black Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists (ABGH) is hosting its second annual CME medical symposium on May 17, 2024, in Washington, DC. Save the data and find upcoming registration information on the ABGH website.
  • Save the date for the third annual Western Colorectal Cancer Consortium Conference on September 26-27, 2024, in Davis, CA. Visit the website for more information.

Many thanks for all the great work you do!

The NCCRT Team

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