2020 Date and Location TBD
On April 6, 2019, Ohio Academy of Family Physicians members and their practice teams had the unique opportunity to take part in a quality improvement (QI) project to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates in their practice. Teams heard from expert speakers on best practices in screening protocols, up-to-date guidelines, and the importance of QI in patient care and population health as a whole. Participants are using an online module to measure their team engagement, benchmark patient data, select an intervention for care delivery, and will remeasure outcome data after a six-month change period.
Of the practices that completed the program in 2018, an average of 31% saw an increase in CRC screening rates! Not only was this program recognized with the 80% by 2018 National Achievement Award by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, it continues to provide practice teams and their patients with positive outcome measures!
Selected Practices Had To
- Identify up to four members of the care team to attend the team training day. Attendance by a physician or team champion was required.
- Utilize the CRC screening module, presented by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, to enter chart data, select a pathway of intervention, and re-enter data after six months of protocol intervention. View the instructions for using the module and claiming credit.
Participating Practices Received
- Free registration for up to four members of the care team to attend the training day
- Travel reimbursement for each team member attending the event
- A $250 stipend for each team that completed the online module within the six-month program period
- American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Live Prescribed continuing medical education (CME) credits for participation in the training day
- American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Family Medicine Certification Performance Improvement Activity credit and 20 AAFP CME credits once the module is complete.
This live activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 4.5 Prescribed CME credits by the AAFP. AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association (AMA) as equivalent to the AMA Physicians Recognition Award Category 1 credit.
If you have questions regarding the team training day, please contact Director of Education Erin Jech or call 800.742.7327.
This QI initiative is supported by grants provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) East Central Division and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
Based upon successes recognized over the past several years, the OAFP continues to move forward with the evidence-based intervention program that increase referrals for, and completion of, CRC screening. This endeavor continues to be a collaborative intervention with the OAFP, ODH, and the ACS East Central Division.
This intervention focuses on OAFP members using the professional education materials developed by the Thomas Jefferson University Department of Family Medicine in collaboration with ACS “How to Increase CRC Screening Rates in Practice: A Primary Care Clinician’s Evidence-Based Tool Kit and Guide.” These professional education materials include three evidence-based strategies to increase CRC screening rates (1) office policies, (2) reminder systems, and (3) communication. Other activities include (4) establishing a baseline CRC screening rate for the practice; and (5) tracking the completion of CRC screening to detect if an increase in screening is taking place as a result of the professional education intervention.
This evidence-based initiative is included as an objective in Ohio’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-20 and recognized in the Ohio Coordinated Chronic Disease State Plan 2014-18.