CRC News: June 18, 2020
Dear NCCRT Members and 80% Partners,
We hope you and your families are staying safe and well. We have a few updates to share with you this week.
Request for Proposals to Update NCCRT’s Steps Guide to CRC Screening for Community Health Centers
Today, the NCCRT issued a request for proposals to update, revise, and modernize the signature NCCRT resource, Steps for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: A Manual for Community Health Centers, originally published in 2014. The Steps Guide provides succinct steps-by-step instructions for community health center teams for implementing screening programs and policies along with guidance on evaluation and outcome tracking. We are now seeking a contractor to update the guide to reflect current evidence-based best practices, include recent case examples, expand relevancy to all primary care settings, and to include a “how to” brief on timely follow up to abnormal stool-based test results. The deadline for proposals is July 18th, 2020.
Please email Caleb Levell, NCCRT co-director, (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions related to the RFP. We also welcome your suggestions for potential vendors. Email notification of intent to apply and questions regarding the proposal are due July 8th, 2020. All questions and answers will be posted to the RFP webpage.
New Publication Summarizes NCCRT’s Past, Present, and Future Goals
The journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America recently published The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable: Past Performance, Current and Future Goals, which summarizes NCCRT’s evolution and successes since it’s inception in 1997. The paper includes a focus on the history of and milestones achieved with NCCRT’s campaigns to reach and exceed colorectal cancer screening rates of 80% and higher nationwide. Congratulations to the authors, Richard Wender, Durado Brooks, Katherine Sharpe, and Mary Doroshenk.
COVID-19 & Colorectal Cancer Screening Letter Signing Opportunity
Fight Colorectal Cancer, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), and the Prevent Cancer Foundation, shared the following letter signing opportunity:
Join Fight Colorectal Cancer, ACS CAN, and the Prevent Cancer Foundation in urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive cost-sharing for patients who receive a positive result following a non-invasive colorectal cancer screening test.
Due to the risks associated with COVID-19, most cancer screening, including colonoscopies, have been indefinitely postponed. At a time when patients cannot or may not be willing to go into a doctor’s office for screening, we believe that encouraging the use of at-home, non-invasive screening tests is a good solution to help keep those at average risk for colorectal cancer up to date on screening during this challenging time. Patients should be able to utilize non-invasive testing options and complete their screening with a colonoscopy, if necessary, without the fear of out-of-pocket costs, particularly during these difficult times.
Click HERE to read the letter. Email Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Director of Advocacy, Molly McDonnell, at email@example.com if you wish to add your organization’s name to this letter. Please respond by COB, Wednesday, June 24th.
Many thanks for the great work you do.
The NCCRT Team
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