MCC Spirit of Collaboration Awards - 2015

2015 Spirit of Collaboration Awards

  • Colorectal Cancer Pevention and Detection Initiative
    Collaborating Partners: The American Cancer Society (ACS), The Mildred M.Grabda Foundation, Community Health & Social Services Center (CHASS) and Henry Ford Health System (HFHS)
    Project description/outcomes: Community Health & Social Services Center(CHASS) with the support of ACS and The Mildred M. Grabda Foundation partnered and launched an initiative in April 2014 to increase rates of colorectal cancer screening (CRC) in patients aged 51-74. The initiative focused on two proven evidence based interventions: alerts with an electronic health record prompting providers to talk with clients presenting for appointments, and outreach to clients about the importance of yearly screens. The goal was to increase the number of colorectal screens by 30% over the previous year. Colorectal Screening rates increased by 43% over the FY 2013 rate. A total of 1028 patients were screened and educated. Patient reminders and Provider reminder/recall system were successfully implemented. If a patient received an abnormal result from FIT kit, they were referred to Henry Ford System (HFHS) for further diagnostic testing. HFHS will then provide all follow up care. A patient navigator assisted them with follow up. CHASS & HFHS worked closely through this process, providing patients guidance in their prefer language. These systems were put in place to increase screening rates; a patient reminder system was created so that patients received a letter in the mail indicating screening test they were due for. If patient did not respond they would receive a phone call as well. A flag was installed as part of the Electronic Medical Record so that the Provider
    would be notified if patient was eligible for colorectal screening.
  • The Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) Colorectal Cancer Surgery Initiative
    Collaborating Partners
    : Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network (BCBSM/BCN), the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS), the National Cancer Institute, The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and 29 Michigan hospitals.
    Project description/outcomes: The Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) is a statewide organization of 73 hospitals coordinated out of the University of Michigan with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and Blue Care Network (BCN). Colorectal cancer surgery has become a high-priority focus-area for MSQC because of the large volume of colorectal cancer operations performed statewide, and their variable and high morbidity. Twenty-nine of the 73 participating Michigan hospitals focus on colorectal cancer. PILOT PHASE (November 2013 – May 2014) The pilot phase of this work was twofold. It consisted of: 1) identifying and recruiting steering committee members from hospitals statewide and, 2) identifying and recruiting pilot-site participants who were tasked with collecting cancer surgery-specific variables on a retrospective group of cases. These were cases of patients diagnosed with rectal cancer and had undergone an operation that was previously captured in the MSQC database. LAUNCH PHASE (June 2014 – Current) MSQC opened the Cancer Surgery Initiative to the remaining member hospitals for participation in June 2014. The voluntary collection of colorectal cancer surgery variables was made available via the standard MSQC online data collection platform and 29 hospitals opted to join the initiative. Thirty-four abstractors have now completed the training and case studies, and data collection proceeds without difficulty and continues to be supported by MSQC. This Initiative was created to improve the quality of care for colorectal cancer patients across Michigan. Research has demonstrated that the quality of cancer care varies in the United States, and our experience is that this is also prevalent in Michigan. There is strong evidence linking the use of evidence-based surgical practices with improved outcomes for colorectal cancer. However, variation in the use of evidence-based practices has been demonstrated---as well as variation in survival, local recurrence, and sphincter preservation. These data suggest opportunities to improve the quality of care.

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2015 Spirit of Collaboration Awards — Honorable Mention
The Consortium also recognized the efforts of the following organizations with the presentation of 2015 MCC Spirit of Collaboration Honorable Mention Awards for their leadership of exemplary collaborative projects on behalf of the MCC and comprehensive cancer control efforts in Michigan.

    • Colorectal Cancer Co-Branded Screening Reminder Initiative