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    Colleague, open now to review the most recent updates to our preventive service recommendations

    February 10, 2017 -

    2016 Mid-Year Preventive Services Update

    CareFirst is committed to providing you with information and resources to supplement your clinical decision making and patient treatment recommendations.

    Our Quality Improvement Council (QIC) evaluates the quality and safety of clinical and behavioral health care and the quality of services provided to members. The QIC regularly reviews updates made to national guidelines and preventive service recommendations so that we can provide you with the most up-to-date clinical resources and information as possible.

    Below are the 2016 Mid-Year Preventive Service Updates.

    Preventive Medication USPSTF
    • Recommend initiating low-dose aspirin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and colorectal cancer in adults aged 50 to 59 years who have a 10% or greater 10-year CVD risk, are not at increased risk for bleeding, have a life expectancy of at least 10 years, and are willing to take low-dose aspirin daily for at least 10 years.
    Colorectal Cancer Screening USPSTF
    • Recommend screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. The risks and benefits of different screening methods vary.
    Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine ACIP
    • 2-dose schedule for boys and girls initiating HPV vaccination series at 9 to 14 years (0.6 – 12 months);

    • 3-dose schedule for persons initiating HPV vaccination series at older ages (15 – 26 years);

    • 3-dose schedule for immunocompromised persons
    Latent Tuberculosis Infection Screening USPSTF
    • Recommend screening for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in asymptomatic populations at increased risk for infection.

    • Categories of persons at high risk for developing TB: 1) Persons who have been recently infected with TB bacteria, and 2) Persons with medical conditions that weaken the immune system
    Syphilis Infection Screening in Non-pregnant Adults and Adolescents USPSTF
    • Recommend screening for syphilis infection in asymptomatic, non-pregnant adults and adolescents who are at increased risk for infection.

    • Persons at increased risk for infection include: 1) Men who have sex with men, 2) Persons who have HIV infection, 3) Persons with multiple or anonymous partners, and 4) Persons in correctional facilities.