Our goal is to make access to screening colonoscopies easier – and save you time. The Direct Access Program identifies those adults who qualify for a screening colonoscopy without the need for a pre-procedure office visit. Based on your current medical condition and your answers to our quick, HIPAA-compliant questionnaire, you may be eligible to directly schedule your procedure without the need for a pre-procedure physician consultation.
- A secure questionnaire – which can be completed anytime, anywhere – helps determine your eligibility.
- Pre-existing conditions can be identified to ensure you receive the most appropriate care.
- You save time and money (no office visit means one less co-pay).
- You get a potentially life-saving screening.
- If you qualify, a representative will contact you to schedule your procedure. If you do not qualify due to existing medical conditions, you will be contacted to set up an appointment with a physician before your colonoscopy can be scheduled.
While there is evidence that more people are getting screened than in previous years, one in three people who should be tested have never been screened.
A colonoscopy is considered the single best method for detecting and preventing colon cancer.
Performed under light sedation, a colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a gastroenterologist to look at the inner lining of your large intestine – or colon. The physician uses a thin, flexible, lighted instrument called a colonoscope to visually inspect your colon for inflamed tissue, ulcers, bleeding, and any abnormal growths (polyps). Not all polyps found during a screening are precancerous or cancerous, but over time, they can grow and become cancerous. So, when polyps are found, they are removed at the same time to prevent cancer from forming.