The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 43,250 women will die from breast cancer, and 4,280 women will die from cervical cancer in the United States in 2022. If found early, nearly all breast and cervical cancers can be treated successfully (Cancer in Ohio, 2014). Many of these deaths could be prevented if breast and cervical cancer screening rates increased among at-risk populations.
The Ohio Department of Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (BCCP) can assist qualified patients in Ohio in obtaining no-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic testing. In addition, the BCCP’s Patient Navigation Program helps guide women through the healthcare system, find providers and community resources, and answer questions about scheduling appointments, using insurance, and more, regardless of eligibility. To make these services available, the BCCP partners with approximately 500 medical, clinical, and laboratory providers in Ohio.
To provide an opportunity for Ohio’s family physicians and their practice teams to learn more about breast and cervical cancer, and the BCCP program, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians is offering a three-part educational webinar series – FREE as a benefit of membership!
Breast and Cervical Cancer Guidelines for Screening and Survivorship – What They Mean for Your Patients
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 | Speaker: Kellie Rath, MD | Presentation | Archive coming in late spring
- Determine appropriate breast and cervical screening guidelines to apply to a patient
- Counsel a patient about breast and cervical cancer screening options and intervals
- Establish a survivorship plan for a patient who has had breast or cervical cancer
- Manage ongoing screening for breast and cervical cancer survivors.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening in Marginalized Populations
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | Speaker: Heidi Gullett, MD, MPH | Presentation | Archive coming in late spring
- Describe barriers that certain populations face in getting cancer screening
- Determine what community resources can address the barriers patients face in getting appropriate screening
- Cite evidence for screening recommendations for various special populations
- Formulate a plan to address a patient’s concerns about screening recommendations.
Improving Care for Your Patients and Getting Credit for Your Work
- Identify resources that are available in their community that can help meet patient needs around cancer screening, treatment, and survivorship
- Connect patients with community resources that can improve cancer screening rates
- Design practice changes that can improve cancer screening rates
- Create a performance improvement project that can utilize the American Board of Family Medicine’s Self-Directed Performance Improvement pathway for certification points and continuing medical education credits.
BCCP Patient Eligibility
The Ohio Department of Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (BCCP) is a limited screening and diagnostic program that provides services to eligible women in Ohio.
- Age 21 years and older
- Income at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
- Uninsured or underinsured (effective November 4, 2019)
- Ohio resident.
- Age 21 – 39 years with a physician reporting abnormality or other factors
- Age 40 years and older
- Income at or below 300% of the FPL
- Uninsured or underinsured (effective November 2019)
- Ohio resident.
Regional Enrollment Agencies
Ohio’s BCCP operates across the state with four enrollment agencies. These agencies cover multiple counties and enroll women in both patient navigation and direct services. These agencies cover multiple counties and enroll women in both patient navigation and direct services. To reach your enrollment agency call 1.844.430.BCCP (2227) and select your region or select option 6 if you are unsure of what region you may belong in.
The regional staff will determine if a woman is eligible for no-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services. If a woman is eligible, regional staff will schedule services for the patient at a contracted provider and provide case management to clients with abnormal results. The BCCP is committed to serving Ohio women in a convenient, accessible, respectful, and culturally competent manner.
Physicians & Practice Teams as BCCP Providers
Approximately 500 medical, clinical, and laboratory providers have signed agreements with ODH to provide breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to BCCP clients. BCCP’s five Regional Enrollment Agencies work with medical providers in their respective geographic areas to provide services to BCCP direct service clients.
BCCP direct services include mammograms, Pap tests, office visits, clinical breast exams, colposcopy, breast ultrasound, biopsy, and other diagnostic procedures. The CDC determines eligible Current Procedural Terminology codes for BCCP. In general, providers are reimbursed at Medicare Part B rates. Allowable codes and rates are updated annually. Services are reimbursed by a third party administrator.
In order for a provider to be reimbursed for services to a BCCP client, the provider must have a signed agreement with ODH and submit a Provider Agreement packet. The term of the current BCCP provider agreement is November 1, 2019, through June 30, 2026. A provider can enter into an agreement at any time between November 1, 2019, through June 30, 2026.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has reviewed the Breast & Cervical Cancer CME Series and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from March 29, 2022, to April 12, 2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Each webinar is approved for 1 Online Only, Live Prescribed CME credit (for a total of 3 credits for the entire series).
For more information about BCCP, please call 1.844.430.2227 and select the corresponding option for your region.
For additional webinar information, please contact Director Education Erin Jech or call 800.742.7327.
Breast & Cervical Cancer Resources
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Project
- Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
- Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System