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Cancer Screening Resumption COVID-19 – FIT Testing Restart

As of August 25, 2020, LifeLabs will start accepting new fecal immunochemical test (FIT) requisitions for groups at higher risk of colorectal cancer:

  • Average risk people over age 60 who have never been screened for colorectal cancer
  • Average risk people with previous unsatisfactory FIT results
  • Eligible average risk people awaiting organ transplant

LifeLabs will continue to send out a limited number of FIT kits per day to allow for a gradual resumption of services across the healthcare system. As such, we primary care providers can begin sending in new FIT requisitions when seeing patients in one of the higher risk groups identified above. We can use our Screening Activity Report (SAR)  to find these higher risk patients and also to find any patients who have screened positive and have not yet had a colonoscopy. We have developed a guide with step-by-step instructions for sorting the SAR for the first two categories to help you identify eligible patients in your practice.

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