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November 28, 2016 (Cleveland)

CoC Cancer Program Standards to be Implemented in 2017



CoC LogoIn order to receive and maintain Commission on Cancer accreditation, cancer programs must meet certain requirements and guidelines for CoC cancer program standards each year. Cancer programs must be in compliance with all of the customary CoC standards as well as the new “phase-in” standards in 2017.

The CoC Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care (2016 Edition) includes “phase –in” standards to promote patient-centered cancer care. Cancer programs must be in compliance with the “phase-in” standard criteria by January 1, 2017. For surveys conducted in 2017, programs will be rated on the standard compliance criteria that were in place for the activity years prior to the phase-in date.

The 2017 “phase-in” or changes to the CoC cancer program standards include:

  • Standard 2.1 College of American Pathologists and Synoptic Reporting
    • Cancer programs are required to have 95 percent of eligible pathology reports contain all required data elements of the CAP protocols in the synoptic format.
    • Commendation rating has been eliminated.
  • Standard 5.2 Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) Participation
    • RQRS is no longer voluntary but a requirement.
    • Cancer programs are required to submit all new and updated cancer cases for select quality measures (see NCDB website) at least once a quarter.
    • RQRS data and performance must be reported and documented in minutes at least semi-annually.
    • To receive a commendation rating cancer programs must comply with the following:
      • Submit all new and updated cancer cases at least once a month. 
      • Submit RQRS cases within three months of date of first contact.
      • Report RQRS data and performance to the cancer committee, and document in minutes at least semi-annually.

“Our team is extremely well versed in CoC cancer program standards including the “phase-in” standards and works diligently to successfully guide our clients through the complex accreditation process,” said Toni Hare, RHIT, CTR, vice president of CHAMPS Oncology. “We pride ourselves on educating each and every one of our cancer information specialists on the latest standards, industry trends and changes in order to ultimately provide high-quality cancer information.”

CHAMPS Oncology is dedicated to providing guidance and expertise on Commission on Cancer (CoC) cancer program standards to new and existing cancer programs. Facilities seeking CoC accreditation must provide all cancer patients with a full range of diagnostic, treatment and supportive services whether on-site or by referral. Accreditation is granted to facilities that are committed to providing the best patient-centered cancer care.

Contact us to learn more about our expertise in Commission on Cancer standards and how we can help your cancer program implement the 2017 CoC cancer program standards.