September 16, 2016

ACR Participates in NCCRT Links of Care Meeting

The American College of Radiology (ACR) joined with other representatives of key organizations at a September 13 meeting of the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table (NCCRT) Links of Care 2.0 to examine progress toward improving links of care between community health centers and the medical neighborhood in the delivery of cancer screening, follow-up and treatment using colorectal cancer (CRC) as a model.

The following four major goals were addressed:

  • Lessons learned from the Links of Care pilots, especially concerning keys to success, persistent challenges, efficient replication and opportunities
  • Sustainability issues, future funding, business incentives as a community benefit/return on investment and potential policy and reimbursement solutions
  • Pathways ahead as they relate to invested partners including the American Cancer Society (ACS) health systems staff, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CDC CRCCP) program, hospital system engagement, national and state level professional societies, and state-level CRC groups, and
  • A longer term effort to develop a Links of Care curriculum and dissemination plan.
The key organizations representing patient advocacy, national and local community health, gastroenterology, radiology, endoscopy, primary care, government agencies, surgeons, anesthesiology, oncology, nursing, national and local hospitals, pathology, cancer prevention, and others all addressed the role of the organizations in helping move CRC screening and Links of Care forward. These discussions considered potential funding opportunities and identified areas ripe for the Links of Care type solutions at the local level.

The next steps will include a meeting report with discussion and survey responses to serve as the action plan. For background information, refer to the NCCRT website and Links of Care initiatives and resources.

Overall, NCCRT was established by the American Cancer Society and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to coordinate the efforts of public, private and voluntary organizations to reduce colorectal cancer incidence and mortality. It is part of a national initiative to raise the compliance rate for colorectal cancer screening to 80 percent of the targeted population by 2018.

The ACR strongly advocates NCCRT’s mission and goals.