Pivotal Distress Screening Adherence is a Key Cost Container

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

August 3, 2017 at 10:15 AM

It’s easy to overlook important information when a patient is first diagnosed — many factors could easily lead to hospital readmission after initial treatment. And for cancer patients, there is an especially high risk for distress-related comorbidities. While chronic pain is a common problem for survivors, addressing psychological factors also plays a large role in recovery. In fact, a recent study in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network shows that in a two-month period following screening for distress, adherence to screening protocols led to fewer emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

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Topics: CoC, operational metrics, Cancer Management, Screening, Patient Outcomes

Lung Cancer Screening - Incidental Findings and Organized Screening Questions and Answers

Posted by Kim Parham

October 17, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Thanks to all who attended our webinar presented by Kim Parham, "A Fresh Look at Lung Cancer Screening - Incidental Findings and Organized Screening...It Can Be Done". See below for the answers to the questions asked during the presentation.

For access to the recorded webinar, please click here.

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Topics: Screening

Care Coordination and the New Colorectal Cancer Screenings

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

July 6, 2016 at 6:28 PM

Last week, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced that it no longer recommends one particular screening method for colorectal cancer. While colonoscopy remains the gold standard for detecting precancerous lesions (polyps), other effective screening methods exist, including noninvasive ones.

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Topics: oncology, Cancer Management, Screening, Navigation & Care Coordination

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

September 18, 2015 at 2:35 PM

Ovarian Cancer Month: Are You Using all the Tools You Can?
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. That’s why it’s worth asking - does your Center have a screening process for ovarian cancer?

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Screening, Algorithms, Industry News

Health care barriers contribute to delays in follow-up screening for women

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

August 21, 2015 at 8:24 PM

In the August 2015 volume of Cancer, a recent study regarding barriers and women who were slow to resolve screening abnormalities was published.  In a nutshell, it said....women with barriers addressed their cancer screening abnormalities at a slower rate - compared to women with no barriers. No surprise.  You name the barrier type and it can get in the way of resolving an abnormality detected at a screening mammogram or pap smear.

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Topics: Screening, Barriers to Care

Lung Screening Eligibility...Will it Stay "as is" or Receive a Facelift

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

July 28, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Although screening for lung cancer has been around for a brief period of time, most of our clients are reporting that they see many people who would likely benefit from screening, but who do not meet the "tipping-point" current recommendations (30 pack/year smoking history).   This appears to be region specific.  Per the CDC, current cigarette smoking is higher in the Midwest and South than in the Northeast and West.2

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Topics: Cancer Management, Screening, Industry News, Certification & Accreditation

50% Increase in Breast Cancers by 2030

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

April 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM

The National Cancer Institute just published a report saying there will be a 50% increase in breast cancer cases in the next 15 years. Lets don't just wait for the cases to surface. Proactive and custom screening is one solution. Cordata Oncology allows you to capture both a patient's risk (NCI Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool) and their density category at the time of screening. Leveraging these results together allows for custom screening for your patient pool and often a closer look for the presence of cancer or an interval detection.

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Topics: EHRs, breast cancer, Screening

USPSTF (Somewhat) Clarifies Mammography Screening Guidelines

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

April 22, 2015 at 2:18 PM

Women between the ages of 40 to 49 should get a mammography to screen for breast cancer if they’ve weighed the risks and benefits, the United States Preventative Services Task Force said in a statement. This is somewhat of a clarification, focusing on the fact that younger women should work with their doctors to balance the pros and cons of mammography and make a determination that best fits their risk and preference.  The USPSTF top level recommendations are that women should begin mammogram testing at age 50 and only schedule them every two years until about age 74 have not changed.

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Topics: breast cancer, Screening, Industry News

Distress Screening Before Surgery: Effects On Lung Surgery Outcomes

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

April 20, 2015 at 12:30 PM


Are you distress screening BEFORE surgery?  A recent article in press on the website of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons says that patients with limited education and low income have higher mortality within 30 days after undergoing surgery for lung cancer than their more educated and higher socioeconomic peers.  The research conducted at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta reported that patients from communities with a median household income of less than $30,000 were 25 percent more likely to die within 30 days of a lung cancer operation than those living in neighborhoods with a median household income higher than $46,000.  Similarly, patients from less-educated communities were 16 percent more likely to die within 30 days of their operation than those from better educated communities.  See the link to the article here.

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Topics: survivorship, Screening

Distress Screening: Inpatient and Outpatient, Cordata Makes it Easy With Online Access Bedside, in the Cancer Center, via Phone, etc.

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

March 30, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Because distress can occur at any point within the patient's care continuum, screening at both the inpatient and outpatient levels is important. Distress screening in the outpatient and clinic setting has become more widely adopted over the past few years, but many facilities still lack inpatient screening. A study focusing on inpatient oncology screening discovered high levels of psychosocial and physical distress in two-thirds of the 80 patients who participated.(1) The American College of Surgeons (ACOS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) requires all cancer centers to implement routine screening for psychosocial distress as of January 2015; however, this recommendation does not delineate between inpatient and outpatient services and the definition of routine is unclear.(1)  

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Screening, Certification & Accreditation

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