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October 11, 2011 (Cleveland)

CHAMPS Oncology Prepares Clients for New Patient-Centered CoC Standards



Following the recent release of the 2012 American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) standards, the CoC named 46 individuals, including four CHAMPS Oncology managers, as CoC-trained Consultants to help cancer programs understand, implement and achieve compliance with the new patient-centered CoC standards.

According to the CoC, these new standards ensure key elements of quality cancer care are provided to every person with cancer treated in a CoC-accredited facility throughout their diagnosis and treatment process. The standards also address psychosocial support, care for cancer-related pain, palliative care, and hospice care.

The release of the CoC’s 2012 standards represents the culmination of more than two years of work by a diverse group of dedicated individuals that include staff of the Accreditation Program at the Commission on Cancer, representatives from CoC member organizations, physicians, and five workgroups, including the Cancer Committee Activities and Administrative Issues Workgroup of which Vice President of CHAMPS Oncology, Toni Hare, RHIT, CTR, was an active member. During her two-year involvement on this workgroup, Hare shared with the Cancer Program Standards Steering Committee her expertise and perspective as a CoC-trained Consultant with 35 years’ experience in the field.

The CoC also used its new Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care as the impetus for an expansion in its trained consultant team, broadening the team to include individuals with a variety of cancer program experience. Based on their extensive knowledge of the cancer program and cancer registry, Toni Hare, a CoC-trained Consultant since 2002, Karen Schmidt, Brenda Mileto, and Ilona Gyerman, were selected as CoC-trained Consultants.

Hare is confident she and the three other CHAMPS consultants will have no trouble adapting their approach to meet the new standards. “Our role will be to help cancer program leadership understand what they need to alter, and advise them on which processes they should formalize in order to be compliant with the new standards,” Hare said. “As consultants, we find the transition to the new standards can be made smoother by helping our clients identify what they are doing right, and then building from there.”

Currently, more than 1,500 hospitals, free-standing cancer centers, and cancer program networks nationwide are accredited by the CoC. And as of January 1, 2012, all of these programs and other programs seeking accreditation will be required to implement the new standards set by the CoC for 2012.

Cancer programs across the country have partnered with CHAMPS Oncology to assist them in the CoC accreditation process. By partnering with CHAMPS, clients access best practices developed over 35 years in the industry, as well as a breadth of knowledge that comes from working with diverse clients, including community hospitals, comprehensive cancer centers, teaching hospitals and National Cancer Institute-designated hospitals.

CHAMPS Oncology partners with cancer programs nationwide to transform quality cancer data into valuable information — information that can be used to achieve accreditation, strategic planning, community outreach and cancer care objectives. With 35 years in the industry, CHAMPS  provides clients with personalized and specialized compliance management services, including Commission on Cancer consulting; cancer registry management and operations; quality control; cancer information management; abstracting assistance; and workflow and productivity analysis. CHAMPS Oncology is a division of CHAMPS Healthcare, which is the business affiliate of The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals.

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