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Two Key Changes to the RQRS

Thu, Jun 1, 2017  -  Comments (0)  -   Posted by Valerie Vesich

If you are part of a Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited program, you are probably familiar with the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS). This reporting and quality improvement tool assists cancer programs in promoting evidenced-based cancer care at the local level by providing real clinical time assessment of hospital level adherence to quality of cancer care measures.

The RQRS has been available to all CoC-accredited cancer programs since September 2011, but recent changes have been announced regarding the system, specifically regarding RQRS Standard 5.2. Below we highlight two key changes that might affect your cancer program.

(1) Compliance Rating

Per CoC/RQRS, “all cancer programs (with the exception of new programs) must be enrolled in RQRS by March 31, 2017” to meet the (1) Standard 5.2 Compliance Rating.

    • First data submission must be completed by March 31, 2017
    • Assessments for Standard 5.2 will begin April 2017
    • Data submissions, including Measure Eligible (ME) sites, must be submitted at least every three calendar months (assessed for 2017 and forward)
    • Data submissions must include, at a minimum two full diagnosis years (e.g., In 2017 cases diagnosed from 2015 through the most recent in the cancer registry)

(1+) Commendation Rating

To earn the (1+) Commendation Rating, programs must meet the commendation criteria three consecutive years.

    • During 2018: 25% of 2017 RQRS ME sites must be submitted within three calendar months of the date of first contact.
    • During 2019: 25% of 2017 and 50% of 2018 ME sites must be submitted within three calendar months of the date of first contact.
    • During 2020: 25% of 2017, 50% of 2018, and 75% of 2019 ME sites must be submitted within three calendar months of the date of first contact.
When measures for new primary sites are added to RQRS, timeliness of submissions for the primary site will not be assessed for the initial year of release. Programs surveyed in 2017 will be rated using the criteria in the CoC Standards Manual (2012 V1.2.1). We hope you find this information as helpful as we did. To read the full update on RQRS implementation, visit the American College of Surgeons’ RQRS webpage.

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