75 CANCER PROGRAMS EARN THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons, has presented the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) to 75 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S.
This year the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center has received this achievement.
Established in 2004, the OAA recognizes cancer programs that demonstrate excellence by earning commendation for all applicable standards and providing quality care to patients with cancer. A program earns the OAA by completing the accreditation survey and receiving a Performance Report that indicates an accreditation award of “Three-Year with Commendation” outlining the commendation ratings for the seven commendation-level standards and no deficiencies.
Currently, there are seven commendation standards:
* Standard 1.9 – Clinical Trial Accrual
* Standard 1.11 – Cancer Registrar Education
* Standard 1.12 – Public Reporting of Outcomes
* Standard 2.1 – College of American Pathologists (CAP) Protocols
* Standard 2.2 – Nursing Care
* Standard 5.2 – Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) Participation
* Standard 5.6 – Accuracy of Data
These 75 programs received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2014, and represent approximately 15 percent of cancer programs surveyed during this period. The majority of recipients are community-based facilities; however, there are also academic hospitals, integrated networks, and a Veterans Affairs facility that also received this year’s award. New programs undergoing initial survey and National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated programs are not eligible to earn the OAA.