Screening and Diagnostic Services
- 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
- Women and men receiving primary care services through the Ambulatory Care Network are identified using the electronic medical record.
- Cancer Patient Navigators, funded by the New York State Department of Health contact those who are not up to date with breast, cervical and/or colorectal cancer screening to verify their need for screening.Cancer Patient Navigators educate patients on the importance of screening, identify and overcome any barriers to care and provide them with convenient appointments. . Prior to the appointment, patients receive a reminder call. Cancer Patient Navigators review the EMR to ensure appointments are kept, review screening outcomes and continue to provide services though the completion of care.
- Care is coordinated with the primary care provider
- Funding from the Davida T. Deutsch Breast Cancer Support Program helped create our English and 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.