Commission on Cancer to hold two educational programs in June

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) will sponsor two educational programs at the Swissôtel Chicago, IL. A half-day workshop on June 17 will focus on the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) quality tools. Participants in Maximizing NCDB Data to Improve Your Cancer Program Today will learn how cancer program administrators and oncologists can use the registry data for clinical decision making. NCDB staff will present examples of tool development, expectations, and current uses of the NCDB quality tools. The registration fee is $350. Find more information and register online for the NCDB workshop.

The second program, Survey Savvy, June 18–19, will offer an in-depth review of the information that an institution’s cancer committee needs to coordinate a high-quality, patient-centered, multidisciplinary cancer program. Developed by CoC staff and committee leadership, this program addresses a cancer program’s common questions and concerns regarding CoC standards and compliance.

This conference will examine the following:

  • Chapter 3 in the CoC’s Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient Centered Care, Continuum of Care Services. Participants will gain clarification on the standards, learn how to demonstrate compliance, and distinguish how each of the 2015 phase-in standards will be evaluated for compliance during the survey process.
  • Chapter 4 in the CoC’s Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient Centered Care, Patient Outcomes. Attendees will learn to identify the components of successful prevention and screening programs (Standards 4.1 and 4.2), as well as differentiate what are appropriate and compliant studies of quality and quality improvements (Standards 4.7 and 4.8).

The registration fee is $850. Find more information and register online on for the CoC Survey Savvy workshop.

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