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CMS demonstration targets disparities in cancer care

Physician Practice Advisor, March 29, 2006

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has selected sites for six demonstration projects to improve the early detection and treatment of cancer and reduce health disparities among minority Medicare beneficiaries, according to a CMS press release.

The projects-which will target American Indian, African American, Hispanic, and Asian American/Pacific Islander minority groups-aim to help more than 13,000 minority Medicare beneficiaries navigate the healthcare system in a more timely and informative manner.

Services offered by the project sites include assistance with transportation, translation or interpretation, and scheduling timely appointments for cancer screening. The demonstration will run for four years and target breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancers.

Click here to see a list of the selected sites and read the CMS press release.