Help Your Patients Get Screened

According to the Louisiana Tumor Registry, Louisiana has the country’s fourth-highest death rate from colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer screening can prevent cancer or catch it in early stages so it is easier to treat. The American Cancer Society recommends colon cancer testing via colonoscopy or other acceptable methods for everyone ages 50 through 75, with screening continuing into ages 76 through 85 for special circumstances. People who have certain risk factors or family histories may need to start screening at a younger age.

Louisiana’s overall colorectal cancer screening rate for people age 50 and older is only 64%. The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable has set 80% as the target. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and the Louisiana Colorectal Cancer Roundtable announced a competition among Louisiana healthcare providers in 2016, aimed at boosting colorectal cancer screening rates up to 80% by 2018.

Please note our payer partners have colon cancer screening rate as a quality indicator.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana has challenged their QBVP ACOs with reaching that 80% target.

To help reach that goal, all primary care practices that participate in QBPC received updated CRCS gap registry last fall.  Updated registries are distributed periodically.  If you have any questions, please contact Denise Henry 504-304-9453.