Colon Cancer Screening in Concierge Practice
This study evaluated the effectiveness of the Center for Executive Medicine (CEM) concierge primary care practice on preventive colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates relative to local and national comparator data.Methods
We performed an electronic medical record search encompassing our entire patient population who are between the ages of 50 and 75 years to determine the rate of CRC screening. We compared this rate with the average rate of Medicare Advantage plans reported by our Independent Physician Association (IPA) in 2015 and national health plans reported by the National Committee for Quality Assurance in 2014.Results
The CEM had a CRC screening rate of 90.2%, which was significantly higher than local IPA Medicare Advantage plans (63.3%) and National Committee for Quality Assurance national plans (57.7%–66.5%). CEM members were significantly more likely than were IPA members to undergo screening (odds ratio 1.425, 95% confidence interval 1.348–1.507, P < 0.0001).Conclusions
These results suggest that the CEM practice strategy and processes increase CRC screening rates.