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Colon Cancer Screenings Goal: 80% Participation by 2018 – Will You Commit?

August 23, 2017

In collaboration with the American Cancer Society and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of  Oklahoma (BCBSOK) and Dr. Joseph Cunningham, BCBSOK Chief Medical Officer, have signed a pledge to have 80 percent of our members ages 50-75, screened for colon cancer by 2018.

Dr. Cunningham said, "Overall health is important to us at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. We strongly encourage all our members age 50 and older to get screened for colon cancer. Members younger than 50 with risk factors for colon cancer may need screening starting at an earlier age. We are reaching out to you, as their providers, to help get the word out and to make colorectal cancer screening a priority."

How far away are we from reaching this goal? In 2016, the BCBSOK's Commercial PPO result was 50.4 percent.

We need your help to reach this goal! Over the next few months we will be providing articles on Colorectal Cancer (CRC) screenings, as well as barriers to CRC screenings. These articles will provide useful information such as:

  • CRC screening test options and selections most suitable for your patients
  • Overcoming barriers to CRC screenings
  • How to implement a CRC screening program in your practice

What influences these results? YOU DO! The biggest influencer to motivate patients to get screened is YOU and your staff. Identify your patients who need it, talk to them about the importance of CRC screenings and then get them screened! Once this happens, they can be easily tracked for annual follow-up.

What actions can you take to make a difference?

Easily identify patients by using colored folders or flagging the EMR for those ages 50-75 and start that conversation. Have standing orders for CRC screenings for those ages 50-75 and follow through with them.

Direct your most persuasive and educated staff to answer questions and concerns, and help patients commit and complete CRC screenings.

Remember: The best CRC screening test is the one that gets done! Thank you in advance for your commitment to this important preventive screening!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing FREE continuing education for PCPs, nurses, nurse practitioners and clinicians who perform colonoscopies. Access Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Optimizing Quality Learn more about third-party links (CME), to download, print or watch the presentations on YouTube (expires March 10, 2019).