Innovation is the best policy: A demonstration project to increase cancer screening rates in New York State FQHCs
Health center policy changes to evidence-based best practices in several domains increased cancer screening rates in Cohort 1 FQHCs. Our data validation study found many tests captured as unstructured data - not read by CPCI. Policy changes around documentation increased screening rates through better quality data in the warehouse. Additionally, the number of centers that developed policies and workflows to implement pre-visit planning practices and CPCI tools increased from three to nine over the course of the project, catching cancer screening opportunities that may have been missed otherwise. Finally, centers that developed comprehensive policies around Fecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) kit distribution, tracking, and follow-up for unreturned kits contributed most to the impressive achievements around colorectal cancer screening.
Learning Areas:Chronic disease management and prevention
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Describe the innovative demonstration project, including the Center for Primary Care Informatics, undertaken by CHCANYS, the NYSDOH, and IPRO to increase breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening rates in New York State FQHCs. Explain the institutional policy and workflow changes leading to elevated breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening rates in 12 FQHCs in the first cohort of the project.
Keyword(s): Cancer Prevention and Screening, Quality Improvement
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked on the New York State Cancer Screening Registry Innovative Demonstration Project through development and implementation since its infancy. I led the first cohort of the project through completion and have trained a colleague with limited knowledge in quality improvement and cancer screening to lead the second cohort. In addition, I have led and worked on multiple quality improvement projects on various topics with FQHCs throughout New York State.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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