Courtney Moreno, MD, American College of Radiology® (ACR®) CT Colonography (CTC) Registry Committee Chair, contributed this piece.
In an effort to take a step forward in the battle against colorectal cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in May released updated recommendations. The new USPSTF “B” recommendation expanded coverage for adults ages 45 to 49, allowing millions more Americans to receive private insurance coverage for this vital screening. What’s more, CT colonography (CTC) — also known as virtual colonoscopy — was named a USPSTF-recommended screening exam for adults ages 45 to 49 and remains so for those ages 50 to 75. Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers by appropriate screening, and as more eligible Americans seek CTC screening, it’s time to gear up your practice and join the CTC registry.
The CTC registry provides evidence-based health outcomes and process data for insight about CTC program performance and comparison with regional and national benchmarks. By leveraging data from a variety of practice settings to inform quality improvement, we can ensure the best care for our patients and ultimately save more lives.
I encourage you to join me for the next installment of the CTC Training Webinar Series, Getting Started With the CTC Registry: From Enrollment to Performance Review, on Oct. 21 at 2pm ET. I’m thrilled to team up with several colleagues and registry participants to share details on how to participate, an overview on submitting data and more information on our new, interactive feedback reports. Attendees will also have an opportunity to join a live Q&A session and earn 1 CME.
As radiologists, we have an opportunity to play a critical role in enhancing the quality of care. Let’s work together to utilize the resources available to us to help continue the fight to save more lives.Please share your thoughts in the comments section below and join the discussion on Engage (login required).