Enrolled women age 40 and older are eligible for annual breast cancer screening and cervical cancer screening every three to five years. Women and men age 50 and older are eligible for colorectal cancer screening. Those with abnormal screening tests are enrolled into our case management service and are provided with all needed diagnostic testing.
Case Management Services
Our Nurse Case Manager works with our Patient Navigators to educate patients about abnormal screening results, performs a patient needs assessment, identifies and overcomes any barriers to timely care and utilizes our Case Management Resource Guide to connect them and their families to needed clinical and social services. Staff provides services in English, Spanish and Mandarin.
Patients diagnosed with cancer, or pre-cancerous conditions are enrolled in the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program (MCTP), an enhanced Medicaid program that covers all needed services.
Those who are ineligible for MCTP received treatment through our charity program, Emergency Medicaid and pharmaceutical charity programs.
Continued Access to Services
Once enrolled, patients are contacted annually and reminded of the need for interval screening. Those who have received health insurance receive coordinated care and referral for screening based on their insurance plan.
Patient Navigation Services in the ACN
Insured women and men receiving primary care services through the Farrell Practice are identified using the electronic medical record.
Cancer Patient Navigators, funded by the New York State Department of Health and the Avon Foundation contact those who have no record of up to date breast, cervical and/or colorectal cancer screening to either verify that service is up-to-date by an outside provider, or that they are in need of screening.
Cancer Patient Navigators educate patients on the importance of screening, identify any barriers to care and make appointments that are convenient. Prior to the appointment, patients receive a reminder call. Cancer Patient Navigators review the EMR to ensure appointments are kept and review screening outcomes.
Those in need of diagnostic services are contacted and given follow-up appointments. Care is further coordinated with the primary care provider through the use of the Cancer Patient Navigator Note in the EMR and secure health messaging as needed .
Funding from the Davida T. Deutsch Breast Cancer Support Program helped create our Spanish language support group lead by our Nurse Case Manager. An extension of the support group is a mentorship program linking breast cancer survivors with newly diagnosed women to provide one to one support. Mentors are highly trained volunteers who offer emotional and durable support to women and their families.