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New Year, New Requirements for Commission on Cancer Accreditation
Cancer Accreditation

Last year, the Commission on Cancer released Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care, a new edition of their requirements for Commission on Cancer accreditation. The standards went into effect Jan. 1, 2016 with the exception of two phase-in standards which will go into effect in 2017. 

Cancer committee members should review these standards, as well as the Survey Application Record (SAR) to identify changes from previous years.

Several clarifications and enhancements have been made to the standards for Commission on Cancer accreditation. The following is a summary of some of the changes:

Standard 1.5 (Cancer Program Goals)
Goals must be set at the beginning of each calendar year and evaluated at two subsequent meetings (mid-year and at the end of the same calendar year).

Standard 3.2 (Psychosocial Distress Screening)
An annual psychosocial services summary must be presented to the cancer committee annually and should include information about the number of patients screened, the number of patients referred for distress resources and where the patients were referred.

Standard 3.3 (Survivorship Care Plan)
Policies and procedures must document processes in place and should include:
- Patient eligibility
- Identification of appropriate mechanisms for generating survivorship care plans
- Identification of appropriate individual for delivering the survivorship care plans
- Method and timing of delivery of the survivorship care plans
- Tracking and reporting the number of survivorship care plans provided to patients 

In addition to these clarification and enhancements, specifications for pediatric cancer programs are detailed in the updated standards manual. Stay tuned for more on this in a future blog post from me. In the meantime, please use the space below to share how your program monitors compliance with the standards for Commission on Cancer accreditation…

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Ilona Gyerman, RHIT, CTR

Ilona Gyerman

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