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CRC News: October 22, 2021

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.


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