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We all know it’s coming…the onslaught of pink for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As the #2 cancer killer among women, just behind lung cancer and edging out colorectal cancer, it’s an area with a lot of resources and information available. If you’re prepping ahead for October, here are some updates for you:
If you work in primary care in a role where you'd refer women for breast cancer screening then we invite you to take the Nevada Breast Cancer Screening Survey, open through June 8. Providers that should take the survey include primary care doctors in internal, family and general practice medicine, OB/GYNs, PAs, APRNs, and similar.
As states and the nation transform their health systems, many policymakers are turning to community health workers (CHWs) to tackle some of the most challenging aspects of health improvement, such as facilitating care coordination, enhancing access to community-based services, mitigating the impacts of the social determinants of health, reducing health disparities, and containing costs.
Dr. Jason Crawford, Chief Medical Officer of Community Health Alliance in Reno, Nevada and winner of the Nevada Cancer Coalition 2015 “Innovation Award,” will share his experience implementing practice improvements to increase colon cancer screening rates at the upcoming "80% by 2018: Exemplary Primary Care Practices" webinar, Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. Dr.
The Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration posted Affordable Care Act Implementation FAQs this month clarifying points related to both screening colonoscopy and BRCA testing.
Questions 7 and 8 both clarified points related to preventive/screening colonoscopy. Here are the questions and answers from the DOL EBSA:
With March’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month fast approaching, health professionals throughout the state are challenging Nevadans to get screened for colon cancer. The disease is the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women in Nevada and nationwide, but with proper screening and early detection the risk of dying from colon cancer can be reduced by up to 70 percent.
Nevada Cancer Coalition, in conjunction with Nevada Colon Cancer Partnership, is pleased to host this training via toll-free web-conference. This program is eligible for one free CME/CEU credit. Attendees wishing to obtain a CME/CEU credit must complete a post-test evaluation.
Last week the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network released the 2014 version of their annual “How Do You Measure Up?,” (HDYMU) a progress report on state legislative activity to reduce cancer incidence and mortality. Since Nevada’s lawmakers only meet every other year, Nevada hasn’t seen much progress from the 2013 report to now. However, we think it’s great to take a look at what has changed with the rollout of the insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act as well as how Nevada now stacks up against other states.
The Affordable Care Act has not only expanded healthcare coverage to millions of people who previously lacked insurance, but has taken a step to improve health outcomes by making preventive health services more accessible and affordable. All healthcare marketplace plans and many other healthcare plans, including non-grandfathered private insurance plans, must cover a list of preventive services (also known as the Essential Health Benefits) without charging a co-payment, co-insurance, or other cost-sharing, regardless if the yearly deductible has been met.