Colorectal screening works, says AHCPR report

Screening is effective in detecting early-stage colorectal cancers and their precursors, according to the first "evidence report" released by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research in Rockville, MD.

Free copies of the report are available from AHCPR’s Publications Clearinghouse at (800) 358-9295 and AHCPR’s Instant Fax: (301) 594-2800. Copies of a clinical practice guideline based on the report’s findings are available from the American Gastroenterology Association ($10 for the full, 50-page reprint, free for an 18-page executive summary). Contact Myly Nguyen, AGA national office, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Seventh Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814. Fax: (301) 654-5920.

Congress on Health Outcomes & Accountability — Sept. 7-10, Washington, DC. Presented by The Zitter Group, 90 New Montgomery, 8th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. Telephone: (415) 495-2450. Fax: (415) 495-2453.

Achieving Physician Organization Certification: The Fundamentals — Sept. 11-12, San Francisco. Presented by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Contact: NCQA Customer Service Center, 2000 L St., N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036. Telephone: (202) 955-5697. Internet:

Patient-Based Outcomes Monitoring — Sept. 15-16, Boston. Presented by the Medical Outcomes Trust, 20 Park Plaza, Suite 1014, Boston, MA 02116. Telephone: (617) 426-4046. Fax: (617) 426-4131.

Quality of Care: Balancing Health Costs, Quality, and Access — Oct. 16-17, Vienna, VA. Presented by the Center for Clinical Quality Evaluation, 1140 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 1010, Washington, DC 20036. Telephone: (800) 833-3046. Fax: (202) 833-2047.