CRC News: July 31, 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.
Seeking COVID-19 & CRC Screening Emerging Best Practices
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting colorectal cancer screening rates in unprecedented ways (see NCCRT’s recent “Playbook” on reinvigorating CRC screening amidst COVID-19). Our members and partners are eager to learn from each other about the innovative approaches we’re implementing to both continue CRC screening and communicate that screening is still important and can be done safely in the communities we serve. Does your organization have an emerging best practice to share? If so, please share! Examples could include a clinical workflow that ensures patients with an abnormal stool test get prioritized for colonoscopy, a letter from a health plan to members, an emerging plan to implement Flu-FIT in a drive-through setting this fall, and more. Please share your examples through this form and we will share in 80% Blog posts in the coming weeks.
Replay & Slides: Webinar on CRC Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In case you missed it, a replay of the July 23rd webinar, Reigniting Colorectal Cancer Screening as Communities Face and Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, is now available. The webinar featured discussions with lead authors of NCCRT’s new report on colorectal cancer screening during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, which was released on June 30, provides an action-oriented playbook for how NCCRT members, 80% pledged partners, and colorectal cancer screening advocates across the nation can work together to reignite our screening efforts appropriately, safely, and equally for all communities.
Relevant Journal Articles and Publications
- A recent paper published in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics, Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Cancer-Related Patient Encounters, reports a significant decrease in all cancer-related patient encounters as a result of the pandemic, including a decline in colorectal cancer screenings by −84.5%.
- A study published in Am J Public Health, Outreach and Inreach Strategies for Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Latinos at a Federally Qualified Health Center: A Randomized Controlled Trial, 2015–2018, found increased colorectal cancer screening completion among primarily Spanish-speaking patients that received inreach with one-on-one education and/or outreach with mailed FIT.
- A study published in Cancer, Comparative Cost-Effectiveness of Mailed Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT)-Based Interventions for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in the Medicaid Population, found providing CRC screening eligible patients with a reminder and a FIT was cost saving per additional Medicaid enrollee screened compared with a reminder-only alternative from the Medicaid/state perspective and likely cost-effective from the health clinic/facility perspective.
- An editorial published in Cancer, Colorectal Cancer Screening: The Costs and Benefits of Getting to 80% in Every Community, describes the challenges we face in determining who pays for cost-effective and evidence-based strategies to increase CRC screening, including mailed FIT and screening navigation.
Many thanks for the great work you do.
The NCCRT Team
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