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National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable annual meeting is taking place in Baltimore

​On Thursday, our CEO Gary Reedy delivered a keynote address titled "Creating New Partnerships: How to Work with Employers"

Each year the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) membership, a collaboration of more than 100 medical, advocacy, government, and corporate organizations, convenes to work together on our shared goal to save lives by getting more people screened for colorectal cancer screening.

This year, the meeting is being held Nov. 14-16 in Baltimore, MD. The theme is 80% and Beyond: A Goal for Every Community. Attendees will celebrate successes, focus on how to keep our momentum strong as we transition into 2019, and, perhaps most importantly, build the bridge to the Roundtable's next phase of work.

The 2018 NCCRT Annual Meeting will feature presentations by nationally known experts, thought leaders, and decision makers on colorectal cancer screening policy and delivery, including ACS and ACS CAN leaders. Rich Wender, MD, our chief cancer control officer and chair of the NCCRT, and Robert Smith, PhD, our VP of cancer screening and co-chair of the Roundtable, gave an overview of the NCCRT. On Thursday, Dr. Wender moderated a discussion on the "2018 American Cancer Society CRC Screening Guideline: Challenges and Opportunities," and Dr. Smith explained the rationale behind it.

Published Nov. 14 in The American Journal of Gastroenterology is an article by Dr. Wender, titled: "Creating and Implementing a National Health Campaign: The American Cancer Society's and National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable's 80% by 2018 Initiative."

There were workshops on:

  • Risk Assessment and Screening To Detect Familial, Hereditary And Early Onset of Colorectal Cancer: Putting Knowledge Into Action. The NCCRT has commissioned a new primary care clinician’s toolkit that aims to improve the ability of primary care clinicians to systematically collect, document, and act on a family history of CRC and adenomas polyps, while also educating clinicians on the need for more timely diagnostic testing for young adults who present with alarm signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer.
  • Findings from NCCRT Market Research with the Unscreened about CRC Screening. Effective messaging advice about reaching key populations will be shared.
  • Medicaid Best Practices around CRC Screening. The NCCRT has commissioned a new best practices guide that looks at how state Medicaid agencies have had success supporting and promoting CRC screening. 
  • Costs, Decision, and Colorectal Cancer Screening. Given the well-established complexity and confusion about the cost of screening, Stephanie Krenrich, director, Federal Relations, ACS CAN; Dustin Perchal, senior grassroots campaigns manager; ACS CAN; and David Woodmansee, director, state and local campaigns, Field Advocacy Operations, ACS CAN,
    outlined the nuances of patient cost sharing requirements for CRC screening according to current laws and regulations. They'll also gave an update on efforts to provide more coverage for patients, and share a hot-off-the-press cost analysis of federal colonoscopy co-pay legislation.
  • Electronic Health Record Best Practices for CRC Screening. This workshop looked at electronic health record (EHR) best practices for CRC screening, including an upcoming tool commissioned by the NCCRT and the National Association of Community Health Centers that documents best practices and workflows for colorectal cancer screening in EHRs. Shelly Yu, MPH, senior analyst, Policy & Legislative Support, ACS CAN, moderated as well as presented.
  • Effective State Roundtables in Action. Among the panelists iwere Shannon Bacon, MSW, Health Systems manager, North Region.

On the last day, Friday, Durado Brooks, MD, MPH, our vice president, Cancer Intervention, will kick things of with a discussion titled, "What the Recent Election Means for Issues We Care About."

Workshops on Friday include:

  • Working with Employers - The workshop will begin with a  brief introduction to an ACS resource that outlines steps employers can take to increase screening rates at their company and then feature two partners who have implemented effective strategies.
  • Multicomponent Interventions: Award Winning Programs - Featuring Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, Great Plains Quality Improvement Network, and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Public Health Wish List: Know-How and Practical Advice from Experts Who Can Push Your Public Health Efforts to the Cutting Edge
  • How to More Effectively Magnify and Disseminate our Knowledge. Learnings from South Carolina’s Champion Training, Maine, and California’s statewide grants program.
  • Influential Papers of 2018: What Did We Learn from the Literature
  • What We Know and Don’t Know about Screening 45 to 49 Year Olds - A Look at Insurance Coverage, Public Attitudes, and Preliminary DataDurado Brooks will moderate. Panelists include Michelle DelFavero, MOT, MPH, senior analyst, Policy Analysis and Legislative Support, ACS CAN, and Bill Willard, director, Marketing Research, ACS.

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