5-Point Checklist for a Smooth Accreditation Survey
If you are part of a Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited cancer program, you are probably more than familiar with the accreditation survey process which is, according to the American College of Surgeons, “a comprehensive evaluation of the entire scope, organization, and activity of a cancer program…performed every three years by a CoC surveyor who is trained to evaluate compliance with the CoC eligibility requirements and standards that are required for accreditation.”
Essential to this process is the Survey Application Record (SAR), “an online reporting tool that is available and utilized during the year of the accreditation survey to demonstrate and document compliance of CoC Eligibility Requirements and Standards.”
As you may know or can imagine, the whole accreditation survey process is enough to keep you up at night. That’s where we come in…
As part of the cancer registry services CHAMPS Oncology offers its clients, we review SARs and provide support during the accreditation survey process. Over the year’s we’ve developed a list of five ways to relieve some of the stress associated with these surveys and get the whole process running smoother:
☑Use a tracking tool to ensure your program’s cancer committee meeting minutes support compliance with the standards.
☑Make sure information entered in the SAR matches information contained in cancer committee meeting minutes and all dates entered in the SAR are verified against the minutes.
☑Meticulously name all attachments in the SAR and make sure they include: The CoC Standard Number to which the attachment pertains, a brief naming convention that describes the attachment and the date and year to which the attachment pertains.
☑Utilize the “Comments” section to describe any additional information that may further assist the surveyor.
☑Maintain an electronic copy of the SAR.
I hope these tips help you rest easier at night knowing you are doing everything you can to ensure a smooth accreditation survey. Looking for further guidance and recommendations? Contact us to discuss partnering with CHAMPS.
CHAMPS Oncology will attend, exhibit and present at the National Cancer Registrar Association's (NCRA) 46th Annual Educational Conference that is taking place virtually Monday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 23.
CHAMPS Oncology Regional Manager Amanda Harvey-McKee, BA, CTR, will be presenting during the Registry Management Symposium portion of the conference. Her presentation, Transform Your Cancer Program with the Data You Collect, will take place during the conference. Check back for more details on her presentation as the conference date approaches!
Visit our booth to learn about our cancer registry careers and see if you have what it takes to join our team!
Learn more about the NCRA 46th Annual Educational Conference by visiting their website.
Where: ONLINE - VIRTUAL FORMAT
When: Sep 21, 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
ACCC 46th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit
CHAMPS Oncology will attend and exhibit at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 45th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit.
Follow the hashtag #AMCCBS to stay connected or visit their website here.
Where: Washington Hilton, DC
When: Mar 4, 2020 -
CHAMPS Oncology Annual Meeting: 2020 Cancer Program Insights
CHAMPS Oncology's Annual Meeting: 2020 Cancer Program Insights will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Register now to attend our free, in-person meeting.
What are the objectives?
Review NEW CoC Standards.
Receive NEW Compliance at a Glance Tool.
Ensure you're prepared for your first quarter cancer committee.
Who should attend?
Certified Tumor Registrars (CTRs)
Cancer Service Line Leaders
Cancer Committee Members
Follow #CHAMPSAnnualMeeting to stay connected.
Can't attend in person? Downloadable version and CEs will be available for purchase.
Interested in joining the CHAMPS Oncology team and learning about our rich history? Watch this video detailing our team's 40+ years of cancer registry experience and then apply here:https://bit.ly/3jiXfXF
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