Ohio Department of Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Patient Navigation Program

The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 43,600 women will die from breast cancer, and 4,290 women will die from cervical cancer in the United States in 2021. Many of these deaths could be prevented if breast and cervical cancer screening rates increased among women at risk.

The Ohio Department of Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Project (BCCP) can financially assist eligible women in Ohio in obtaining breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic procedures. 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 offered three continuing medical education (CME) webinars – FREE of charge! Each live webinar was reviewed and acceptable for up to 1.0 Live Prescribed CME credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the archived webinars are available for enduring CME beginning Tuesday, June 15.


Recommended Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings for Female and Transgender Patients

May 11, 2021  |  Speaker: Bethany Panchal, MD, FAAFP  |  Moderator: Mary Krebs, MD  |  Presentation Slides  | Evaluation

Learning objectives:
  • Outline the screening recommendations for breast and cervical cancers
  • Define the breast and cervical cancer screening needs of transgender patients
  • Understand cancer screening guideline differences for normal and high risk individuals
  • Review web-based resources for calculating cancer risk scores for individuals.

Benefit of Risk Assessments and Referrals

May 20, 2021  |  Speaker: Shilpa A. Padia, MD  |  Moderator: Mary Krebs, MD  |  Presentation Slides  | Evaluation

Learning objectives:
  • Discuss National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines regarding breast cancer screening
  • Identify high risk patients for developing breast cancer
  • Identify when to refer patients to a specialist.

How and Why to Conduct a QI Project on Breast and Cervical Cancer in Practice

May 27, 2021  |  Speaker: Ryan Kauffman, MD  |  Moderator: Mary Krebs, MD  |  Evaluation

Learning objectives:
  • Analyze how their practice is doing with breast and cervical cancer screening
  • Determine how all team members can facilitate cancer screening
  • Choose an intervention that will improve cancer screening rates
  • Create a project that will meet American Board of Family Medicine’s Practice Improvement requirement.
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CME Accreditation for Recorded Webinars

These activities have been reviewed and approved for up to 3 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed credits (one credit per webinar). Term of approval is from June 15, 2021, to June 15, 2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

To receive CME credit after completing each webinar, please complete the corresponding evaluation linked above, report your credit to the AAFP, and print the CME certificate for your records.


BCCP Patient Eligibility

The Ohio BCCP program offers no-cost breast tissue and cervical tissue cancer screenings and diagnostic testing to qualified participants.

Cervical Tissue Cancer Screening & Diagnostic Services

  • 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.

Breast Tissue Cancer Screening & Diagnostic Services

  • 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. 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. The BCCP 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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. 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. Physicians do not have to accept insurance to qualify for this program but they do have to share patient results with ODH.

Questions

For more information about the BCCP, please call 1.844.430.2227 and select the corresponding option for your region. 

For webinar information, please contact Director Education Erin Jech or call 800.742.7327. 

Breast & Cervical Cancer Resources

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Ohio Department of Health
American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institutes of Health
National Cancer Institute
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