Practice Transformation to Improve Cancer Screening Outcomes at an Academic Medical Center

Rebecca T. Jones, Mysti Schott, Robert Leverence, Ramon S. Cancino

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In 2011, Texas received federal approval of the 1115 Healthcare Transformation waiver, which went to support the Texas Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) incentivizing the transformation of service delivery practices which included expanded coverage of preventive cancer screenings. There is limited evidence that quality improvement initiatives stemming from DSRIP improve cancer screening outcomes for the Medicaid, low-income, and uninsured (MLIU) patient population. The present the results of a quality initiative to improve breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening rates for MLIU patients receiving primary care at an academic medical center. The initiative included engaging multidisciplinary primary care teams, health information technology (IT), and quality departments to standardize workflows. We found significantly improved rates of cervical and colorectal cancer screening among patients eligible to receive one or more screenings. Aligning primary care, IT, and quality processes resulted in significant improvement in cancer screening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-368
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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