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Announcing Release of the New Commission on Cancer Standards for Accreditation
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) announces the formal release of the Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care. You should have received a special issue of the CoC Flash officially announcing the release. This publication is the culmination of more than two years of work by a group of dedicated individuals that include staff of the Accreditation Program at the CoC, including Connie Bura, Asa Carter and her team, Andrew Stewart, and David P. Winchester, MD, FACS. In addition, while it is impossible to list all those who worked on this project, key volunteers in the development of the standards include the project co-chairs, Frederick Greene, MD, FACS, and Diana Dickson-Witmer, MD, FACS, the respective workgroups chairs, vice-chairs and members, and Daniel McKellar, MD, FACS, and Robert Flanigan, MD, FACS, chair and vice-chair of the Accreditation Committee.
Ultimately, we express our gratitude to the accredited cancer programs for the feedback they provided throughout the development process. Thanks to all for your commitment to this project. These standards, scheduled for implementation in 2012, ensure that key elements of quality cancer care are provided to every cancer patient treated in a CoC-accredited facility throughout diagnosis and treatment, including psychosocial support, care for cancer-related pain, palliative care, and hospice care. These standards challenge cancer programs to enhance the care they provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring the quality of the care they deliver against national standards. Both areas are critical components of quality cancer care.
Information about the standards, including soon-to-be-released resources to support them, can be found on the CoC website at http://www.facs.org/cancer/coc/cps2011.html, where you can also download a PDF copy or order additional hard copies of the standards.
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