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Some Members Received In-home Colorectal Cancer Screening Test

Posted September 25, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one-third of adults aged 50 or older (about 22 million people) – the age group at greatest risk of developing colorectal cancer – have not been screened as recommended.1

In an effort to help increase colorectal cancer screening, Blue Choice Preferred PPOSM members who do not have a claim history for colorectal cancer screening were identified to receive a Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) in-home test kit recently. Before the FIT kits were distributed, the members received a notice from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) about the test and an option to opt out of the program.

By providing access to a test that may be completed in the comfort of the member’s home, our hope is that more members will participate in colorectal cancer screening.

How You Can Help

  • Discuss the importance of colorectal cancer screening and healthy lifestyle choices that will promote wellness.
  • Should your patients call your office with questions, please encourage them to participate and complete the FIT kit as soon as possible.
  • If you receive a FIT result from Home Access Health Corporation, please place it in the patient’s medical record and discuss the results with your patient.

BCBSIL is working with Home Access Health Corporation, an independent company that provides laboratory testing. Home Access Health Corporation will process the FIT sample and mail results to both the member and the Primary Care Provider (PCP) identified by the member.

If you have any questions or if you need additional information, please contact your BCBSIL Provider Network Consultant (PNC). Members can call Customer Service at the number listed on their BCBSIL ID card.

1CDC, Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign, March 1, 2018, https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/sfl/index.htm
The information mentioned here is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician. Physicians are to exercise their own medical judgment.