Colorectal Cancer Screening
Percentage of patients 50-75 years of age who had appropriate screening for colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer screening is an important clinical area. It is critical to improve access to evidence-based tests to make a meaningful clinical impact. These evidence-based tests should be clearly identified as not all tests have validity to support their use as stand-alone screening tests. The PMC recommends modifying the numerator to include only the types of tests that qualify as colorectal cancer screening, consistent with current guidelines. It would also be beneficial to extend the numerator time interval for performing the colonoscopy from nine years to ten years to ensure the exam is ordered and performed adequately.