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Survey Savvy: World Premiere of the 2012 Patient-Centered Standards
September 15-16, 2011
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa
Hollywood, CA

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The Commission on Cancer has spent nearly two years working closely with our cancer program constituents and CoC member organizations to develop a new set of patient-centered standards which will be implemented by CoC-accredited cancer programs beginning January 1, 2012.

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CoC News
Survey Savvy Registration Now Open

The Commission on Cancer has spent nearly two years working closely with our cancer program constituents and CoC member organizations to develop a new set of patient-centered standard... Read More

CoC Flash Now Available for Mobile Phones

The CoC Flash can now be viewed on your mobile phone. To access the mobile version, click on the “Go to mobile version” at the top right corner of the e- newsletter.

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Member Organization Cancer Care Initiatives

Each year, the member organization representatives of the CoC are invited to submit reports of their organization’s current cancer care initiatives and areas for collaboration with the CoC. Read More

You Can Release Your FIPS Level II Data Today!

In the two-and-a-half months since the Facility Information Profile System (FIPS) 2009 Level II Data was posted, 70 percent of CoC-accredited facilities have reviewed the site and stage data table... Read More

CoC Meetings Planned in October

CoC members and State Chairs should SAVE-THE-DATES of October 23-24, 2011 for the CoC meetings which will be held in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress. Read More

What’s New on the CAnswer Forum

The CoC, which works continually to improve the usability and features of the CAnswer Forum, announces these enhancements. Read More

Oncology Roundtable References New CoC Standards for Accreditation

The Advisory Board Company Oncology Roundtable recently released a brief video exploring the renewed focus on accreditation for cancer programs spurred by the update to the CoC standards for accreditation.  Read More

Accreditation Program
Abstracting Timeliness and Registry Software Delays

On June 13, the CoC sent out a Special Announcement CoC Flash to cancer registrars, co-cancer registrars and cancer program administrators regarding clarification related to the timeliness of abstracting 2011 cases... Read More

Annual Update Period—In Preparation for 2012 Standards

As part of the transition to the 2012 Standards, a newly designed Survey Application Record (SAR) will be released to all cancer programs within the next year. Read More

The Commission on Cancer to Expand CoC-trained Consultant Team

The CoC announces the expansion of its trained consultant team for 2012! Read More

June Update on the Cancer Program Standards (CPS) 2011 Project

The CPS 2011 Leadership Team met in an all day session to make final changes to the proposed Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care. Read More

2012 Initial Survey Notification

By July 1, 2011, this initial survey notification will be electronically sent to all programs due for survey in 2012. This notification will also be posted on the CoC Website... Read More

Highlighting the 2012 Standards—Eligibility Requirements

All CoC-accredited cancer programs will implement Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care on January 1, 2012. The Commission is providing a series of Webinar presentations... Read More

HIPAA and Protected Health Information

In concordance with the HIPAA guidelines, the Commission on Cancer cannot accept documentation that includes patient identifying information (protected health information [PHI]). Read More

The Joint Commission Pathology Reporting Requirements Consistent with the CoC

Health care organizations seeking recognition from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) can rely on laboratory accreditation from... Read More

NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
New E-mail Address for Cancer Liaison Physicians

ATTENTION CLPs! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, you can now send them to Please allow 24 hours for a response. Read More

Cancer Liaison Physician Information Board Updates

Updates are currently being made to the Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) Information Board. For example, to prepare CLPs for the implementation of new Standard 4.3... Read More

CLPs Look Forward to New Role Under Revised Standards

Beginning in January 2012, the role of the Cancer Liaison Physicians (CLPs) will be enhanced, with a focus on quality of care. New Standard 4.3 provides that the primary responsibility of the CLP... Read More

Introducing New State Chairs

State Chairs provide leadership to Cancer Liaison Physicians within their state. They are nominated by the state chapters of the American College of Surgeons... Read More

National Cancer Data Base (NCDB)
It’s July: Time to Submit 2001 and 2006 Diagnoses to NCDB

Analytic cancer cases diagnosed in 2001 and 2006 that were updated by the registrar or added to the registry on or after July 1, 2007, must be submitted to NCDB by 12:00 midnight (CDT) on July 31, 2011... Read More

New Data Completeness and Default Overuse Report Available Soon

The popular Datalinks National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) report, NCDB Data Submissions Reports for 2011, will be posted next week with May submissions and includes some important new additions and visual enhancements. Read More

When Will We See Our NCDB Report Updates?

Registries that submitted additional 2009 data that would change their FIPS Level II site by stage reports from those posted in April will be notified when the updates become available later in July. Read More

Educational Activities
RQRS Webinar Available Now On-Demand

The following Webinar is now available for viewing On-Demand. Move to the Fast Track: Getting your Cancer Program Ready for the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) Read More

New On-Demand Webinars Coming Soon

Visit the CoC Online Education portal and register for soon-to-be-available On-Demand Webinars. Read More

News from the American Joint Committee On Cancer (AJCC)
The AJCC Now on YouTube

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) has launched its YouTube channel so be sure to check out the videos available. Read More

CS Forum Answers from NCRA to Be Posted on CS Website

At the recent National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) Annual Conference, members of the Collaborative Stage (CS) team presented results of an online test... Read More

Invitation to Participate - 2011 CS Reliability Study

You are invited to participate in the 2011 CS Reliability Study that will focus on the Collaborative Stage Data Collection System (CS), v0203. Read More

News from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
Oncology Roundtable Identifies NAPBC as First Tumor Site-Specific Accreditation Program

The Advisory Board Company Oncology Roundtable recently identified the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) as “the first tumor site-specific accreditation program... Read More

Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation Workshop—November 18, 2011

Mark your calendar! The NAPBC is organizing a full-day workshop, “Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation,” which will be held at the American College of Surgeons headquarters... Read More

NAPBC Components and Standards Webinar Offered On-Demand

The NAPBC Webinar—NAPBC Components and Standards—is now available as an on-demand recording. This 60-minute Webinar provides a comprehensive overview... Read More

NAPBC Exhibit Schedule—Fall 2011

The NAPBC will host an exhibit at the following meetings: Read More

News from CoC Partners
New, Simple Guide Explains How the Affordable Care Act Helps Cancer Patients and their Loved Ones

The American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network have produced a new, consumer-friendly guide that describes how provisions of the Affordable Care Act... Read More

2011 American College of Oncology Administrators 4th Annual Update

“Achieving Excellence in the New Healthcare Era” was the theme for the American College of Oncology Administrators (ACOA) fourth annual conference... Read More


The Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR®) credential demonstrates a command of the technical knowledge and experience needed for effective cancer data management. Read More

Monthly Spotlight on Member Organizations
Monthly Spotlight: American College of Radiology

The mission of the ACR is to serve patients and society by maximizing the value of radiology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, and medical physics by... Read More

Monthly Spotlight: Association of Oncology Social Work

The mission of the AOSW is to advance excellence in the psychosocial care of persons with cancer, their families, and caregivers through 1) advocacy, 2) education, 3) networking, 4) research... Read More

June 30, 2011
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