Patterns of Cervical Cancer Screening, Diagnosis, and Follow-up Treatment in a State Medicaid Fee-for-Service Population

1 Department of Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy, School of Pharmacy, West Virginia University , Morgantown, West Virginia.
Population Health Management (Impact Factor: 1.51). 07/2012; 15(6). DOI: 10.1089/pop.2011.0093
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Abstract Despite being a screening-amenable cancer, cervical cancer is the third most common genital cancer among white women and the most common among African American women. The study objective was to use administrative claims data for CC disease surveillance among recipients enrolled in a state Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) program. West Virginia (WV) Medicaid FFS administrative claims data for female recipients aged 21-64 years from 2003 to 2008 were used for this study. All medical and prescription claims were aggregated to reflect each recipient's medical care and prescription drug utilization. The yearly prevalence of Pap smear testing declined from 23.9% in 2003 to 15.8% in 2008 in the Medicaid FFS population. During the 6-year study period, persistence with Pap smear testing was low; 41.8% of recipients received no Pap smear testing. Only 73.1% of recipients received Pap smear testing during the year prior to their CC or precancerous cervical lesions (PCL) diagnosis. The likelihood of a CC diagnosis increased with a decrease in Pap smear testing persistence. Only 10.1% of recipients received appropriate follow-up care following a diagnosis of high-grade PCL; only 31.5% of the recipients received appropriate follow-up care for low-grade PCL diagnosis. Although CC preventive services such as screening and PCL follow-up care are covered under Medicaid programs, underutilization of these services by recipients in the Medicaid FFS population is a concern. Results of this study emphasize the need to address disparities in screening and appropriate PCL follow-up care among recipients in the Medicaid FFS population. (Population Health Management 2012;15:xx-xx).

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