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90 Cancer Care Facilities Receive National Achievement Award

The CoC of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to a select group of 90 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States.

Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.  The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. 

Read the full story under CoC News. 

Accreditation Program
Improving SAR Resources

The Survey Application Record (SAR) Instruction Guide included instructions on how to navigate through the SAR.  Because SAR navigation is familiar to most users, the document is less relevant now and this has been removed from the Accreditation web page (http://www.facs.org/cancer/coc/surveyresources.html).

The SAR Instruction Guide label has been renamed ‘SAR Reference Guides’ to better describe the documents associated with the SAR.  The following updated documents are provided to assist with SAR completion and questions:
•    2011 Pre-Survey Uploaded Documentation—documents that must be uploaded two weeks before survey
•    2011 SAR Tips Sheet—information on completing the SAR
•    2011 SAR Documentation FAQ—questions regarding the uploading of documents for survey

This change has also been made to the Commission on Cancer Datalinks Activity Menu and the SAR menu which also provide access to all of these documents.

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March 31, 2011
In This Issue
CoC News
90 Cancer Care Facilities Receive National Achievement Award
FIPS Level II Data: Cases Reported to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) by Site and Stage
New CoC Website Coming Soon
ACoS Advocates for Cancer Appropriations
CAnswer Forum In it to Win it! – Read About Our Special April Prize!
Accreditation Program
Best Practice Repository - Promoting Your CoC Accreditation
Improving SAR Resources
NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
Nominate Your Cancer Liaison Physician – Deadline Extended to May 1
Introducing New State Chairs
National Cancer Data Base (NCDB)
Hints for May’s NCDB Data Submission
Educational Activities
Attend May Survey Savvy Workshop at NCRA
Save-the-Date: Survey Savvy – Fall 2011
New ACS Prostate Cancer Guidelines Webinar
Move to the Fast Track: Getting Your Cancer Program Ready for the RQRS Webinar
On-Demand Webinars Now Available
News from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
2011 NAPBC Standards Manual NOW Available!
NAPBC Workshop Schedule - Spring 2011
Understanding NAPBC Components and Standards Webinar
NAPBC to Exhibit at ASBS and ONS
News from CoC Partners
Facts about the Certified Tumor Registrar Credential
American Cancer Society Launches New Blog
A Message from the Chair of the Breast Cancer Symposium Program Committee
Fourth International Symposium on Cancer Metastasis and the Lymphovascular System: Basis for Rational Therapy
George Washington Cancer Institute's Center for the Advancement of Cancer Survivorship, Navigation and Policy (caSNP)
NCRA News
Monthly Spotlight on Member Organizations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Cancer Registrar’s Association
National Society of Genetic Counselors
The National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program and the Applied Research Program
Upcoming Programs
Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 9:00 AM Central, Understanding the NAPBC Components and Standards

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 1:00 PM Central, Move to the Fast Track: Getting your Cancer Program Ready for the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS)
Remember to add your feedback to the content posted on the Cancer Program Standards 2011 Wiki page. Click here to access.
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