National HMO Qualis Health has honored Mason General Hospital Olympic Physicians for its work advancing cancer care in Mason County.

MGH Olympic Physicians was given Qualis’ Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality for Improving the Rate of Colon Cancer Screening in a Rural Underserved Population. Specifically, the recognition honors the clinic for providing screenings to reduce the risk of colon cancer for all patients 50 to 75 years old within the Hospital District, regardless of their health insurance status or ability to pay. 

“Our goal was to educate the community on how to prevent colon cancer and assist patients in choosing the colon cancer screening test that fits their needs,” said Mark L. Schlauderaff, M.D., board certified internal medicine. “Olympic Physicians trained their medical assistants to educate patients about the various cancer screening tests available and assist them in deciding which method to use.”

Olympic Physicians was able to implement a number of resources, by means of tracking patients from their medical records, using a reminder system to call patients for testing and follow-up, mass-mailing home-screening test kits to patients, and lowering health care costs with sliding fee schedules and uncompensated care programs.