Colorectal Cancer Screening Improvement Track

Quality Improvement Summit

2019 Date and Location TBD

During the 2018 Summit, participants gained insight into the colorectal cancer (CRC) screening program, learned the benefits of a team-based approach to care, and understood the importance of setting an office protocol that supports practice improvement. An expert speaker coverd topics such as the importance of quality improvement (QI) and its impact on enhanced patient care; showcased key points of the CRC screening improvement toolkit and action plan; and illustrated how streamlining office procedures can make a positive impact on health outcomes as well as an improved work environment.

Selected Practices Had To

  • Identify up to four members of the care team to attend the Summit on April 7, 2018, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton in Columbus. 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 five months of protocol intervention. View the instructions for using the module and claiming credit.

Participating Practices Received

  • Complimentary registration and mileage reimbursement for up to four members of the care team to attend the Summit.
  • Free continuing medical education (CME) credits for all on-site participants.
  • $250 practice stipend for completion of the module after five months of intervention implementation.
  • ABFM Family Medicine Certification Performance Improvement (PI) activity credit and 20 AAFP continuing medical education (CME) credits upon completion of the CRC module.

CME Accreditation

This live activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 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 this program, please contact Director of Events and Foundation Programs Kaitlin McGuffie 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).


Background Information

Based upon successes recognized over the past several years, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians 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 focuss 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.