Washington State Colorectal Cancer Roundtable- March 2016
Representing the broad cross-section of health care organizations across the state, more than 125 health care professionals attended the WA Colorectal Cancer Roundtable on March 25 at the Conference Center at Sea Tac. The American Cancer Society and the Washington State Department of Health partnered together to plan the full day event featuring Dr. Richard Wender, the Society’s Chief Cancer Control Officer and Chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. While near the top, Washington has a CRC screening rate of about 69% - ranking within the second highest tier across the nation.
Speaking to how WA can achieve an 80% CRC screening rate by the year 2018, Wender recommends specific strategies:
- Using both colonoscopy and stool
- Ensuring that high quality colonoscopies are available to
- Improving colonoscopy quality
- Screening right patients at right intervals
- Maximize bowel prep quality and patient show rates
- Monitor adenoma rates
- Deploying colonoscopy navigation to improve colonoscopy show rates
- Ensuring that anyone can be offered a home stool blood test
- Many patients prefer home stool testing – 69% completion v. 38% colonoscopy
Achieving 80% CRC screening rates in Washington by 2018 will be a challenge and it is achievable. The result will be 6,129 cases and 4,492 deaths from CRC cancer can be prevented by 2030! To learn more about the 80% by 2018 program contact Cynthia Eichner, State-based Health Systems Manager at Cynthia Eichner or 206.674.4177.
The agenda also featured local and regional experts from the WA Health Alliance, Group Health Research Institute, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research shared data and research about CRC screening initiatives among FQHCs and Group and across our state – indicating disparities and opportunities for improvement.
“Lessons Learned in CRC screening initiatives included insights from the WA DOH, Sea Mar, Regence and the Quinalt Tribal Nation. Addressing barriers to access and care coordination, speakers presented a multi-prong approach by incorporating safety net services, improvements in the referral and care coordination process (after a positive stool test) among GI’s and focus on quality measures at Swedish Medical Group.
PDFs of all presentations from the WA CRC Roundtable are now available below.