The Maryland BCCP provides professional development to advance health care providers’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors about breast and cervical cancer screening and early detection; promote current program guidelines for breast and cervical cancer screening; disseminate evidence-based breast and cervical cancer prevention and early detection education materials to providers and program staff; and build professional development resources through partnerships with professional organizations and academic institutions.
Quality assurance measures are in place to assure that high quality program services are delivered and reported in a timely and standardized manner. A Medical Advisory Committee oversees and regulates these quality assurance measures. The Medical Advisory Committee developed the Minimal Clinical Elements for Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis (Breast MCEs) and Minimal Clinical Elements for Cervical Cancer Detection and Diagnosis (Cervical MCEs) which provide guidance to the program regarding screening and follow-up services.
All radiology facilities participating in this program are required to be accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified under the federal Mammography Quality Standardization Act (MQSA). Mammography facilities are required to report their mammography results using the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) lexicon of the American College of Radiology. All medical laboratories participating in this program are required to be enrolled in a cytology proficiency testing program approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and meet the requirements of the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act. Laboratories are required to report their Pap test results using the Bethesda System nomenclature.
The Maryland BCCP has developed numerous partnerships and coalitions at both the state and local levels. Baltimore City and each of Maryland's 23 counties have developed local cancer coalitions which include the local BCCP and other community organizations. All local programs have partnered with local physicians, radiology facilities and a cytology lab to provide CBEs, mammograms and Pap tests to BCCP clients. At the state and local level, BCCP works closely with the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen Maryland for the purpose of providing education, outreach, and screening for breast and cervical cancer among Maryland women.
Resources for more information:
National Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer
National Cancer Institute: Cervical Cancer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Breast Cancer
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)
Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Program
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