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Help get more people screened for colon cancer

02/28/2018

Help us recognize Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March by getting more of your patients screened. For those who refuse colonoscopies, ConnectiCare now covers Cologuard, a non-invasive alternative for individuals who are not at high risk for colorectal cancer.

Patients listen to their doctors, when it comes to colorectal cancer screening, according to the American Cancer Society. More people get screened when their doctors recommend it.

Here's what you can do:

  1. Use the “Gaps in Care” reports we send you to follow up with your ConnectiCare patients who have not had the screening done yet.
  2. Talk to your patients about why they have not had the screening and address their concerns.
  3. If your patients refuse to have a colonoscopy, there are numerous other screening options that are covered. Use this reference sheet with your patients to review their options. 

If you want additional resources to help get more of your patients screened for colon cancer, check out the American Cancer Society’s ColonMD: Clinicians' Information Source for free materials you can download and use.

Remember: annual screenings after the age of 50 are covered 100 percent by health plans as a preventive service.