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Rapid Uptake: Adopting the Rapid Quality Reporting System

The Commission on Cancer (CoC)’s Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) is the newest clinical quality reporting tool available to accredited programs. RQRS provides high quality data and feedback in real clinical time to enhance patient care.  In less than five months, over 260 accredited programs have chosen to adopt this new innovative system to improve the coordination and quality of care provided by their cancer program.  These programs are able to use information from RQRS to:

  • Monitor Year-to-Date performance rates;
  • Use RQRS “Case Alerts” to review the treatment status of specific patients;
  • Determine areas for quality improvement by assessing differences in adherence to quality metrics by patient demographics;
  • Compare annual and quarterly performance rates to other programs
  • Present current quality data in cancer committee meetings
  • Use the “Treatment Summary” feature to allow patient navigators to document care provided and coordinate anticipated care for patients

All of these benefits are available to your CoC-accredited cancer program too!  Participation in RQRS is free, voluntary and concurrent abstracting is NOT required.  The system was developed to work within the current abstracting timeliness of participating programs.   Programs are encouraged to begin participating in RQRS with current abstracting timeliness and set goals to move towards concurrent abstracting while familiarizing themselves with the benefits and features of RQRS.  Currently 25 percent of RQRS participating programs are submitting cases to the system within three months of diagnosis.

Still have questions about RQRS?  It's not too late to attend the RQRS workshop on March 7, 2012 in Chicago, IL.  The half day workshop will include presentations by CoC staff, as well as three beta test participants, providing real life examples of how their programs have successfully adopted RQRS. 

For more information and to register for the RQRS workshop, click here.

For more information on the RQRS system, visit the RQRS webpage.

CoC News
2011 Year in Review

All Cancer Liaison Physicians in CoC-accredited cancer programs and CoC members, state chairs, surveyors, consultants, and CoC partner organizations recently received... Read More

New CoC Advocacy Workgroup

The CoC has established an Advocacy Workgroup, which includes CoC volunteers as well as staff from the CoC and American College of Surgeons Division of Advocacy and Health Policy. Read More

CoC Announces Collaboration with ASCO and LIVESTRONG

The CoC announces its collaborative partnership with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and LIVESTRONG in support of the Focus Under FortyTM curriculum. Read More

ProvenCare® Lung Cancer Collaborative

In August 2011, we reported on the activities of the ProvenCare® Lung Cancer Collaborative initiated in July 2009 with six CoC-accredited facilities... Read More

American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program

Last year the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, North Central Cancer Treatment Group, and the Cancer and Leukemia Group B merged to form a new NCI-funded cooperative group... Read More

Accreditation Program
2012 Pre-Survey Documentation

Surveys done in 2012 will review 2009, 2010, and 2011 cancer program activity. Documentation of cancer program activity must be provided to the surveyor before the onsite visit. Read More

2012 Survey Resources Now Available

Online resources have been updated to assist with 2012 surveys and Survey Application Record (SAR) preparations. Information is based on the Cancer Program Standards 2009 Revised Edition. Read More

CoC Introduces Web Pages Specific to Programs Seeking Initial Accreditation

The CoC recently launched a new resource for programs seeking accreditation for the first time.  Multiple tools to facilitate preparation for initial accreditation can be found by... Read More

Highlighting the 2012 Standards – Chapter 2: Clinical Services

The next group of standards highlighted from the Clinical Services chapter includes services that educate individuals concerning the risks of developing cancer and optimizing the quality of life. Read More

NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
CLP Webinars Are Now Easier to Access

In an effort to facilitate access to the CLP webinars, the access code for checking out a webinar has been eliminated. Users can now simply register for the webinar... Read More

CLP Webinar Series

The Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) webinar series consists of five webinars, the last of which is featured here. Read More

A Cancer Doctor and 18 Survivors Share a Transforming Journey

Shortly after the start of 2012, seven men and 11 women, ages 29 to 73, all survivors of breast cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, salivary gland cancer, lymphoma, and leukemia... Read More

National Cancer Data Base
Call for Data Reminders

The deadline for making corrections or updates to cases submitted for this year’s National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) Call for Data is 12:00 midnight (CST), April 1, 2012. Read More

Educational Activities
Survey Savvy: 2012 Patient-Centered Standards

This year’s Survey Savvy conference, taking place this March in Chicago, is full and registration has closed. The next Survey Savvy will be held in 2013... Read More

Learn More on the New 2012 CoC Patient-Centered Standards

Visit the CoC Online Education Portal at to access the latest webinars covering the new 2012 CoC Patient-Centered Standards. Read More

News from CoC Partners

NAPBC Standard 6.2 – Quality Improvement will require reporting annual aggregate performance levels for six measures that have been identified by the... Read More


The National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) will hold its annual educational conference April 18–21, 2012, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, which is located... Read More

Distress Screening: Seeking Pilot Sites for Meeting Standard 3.2

The significance of psychosocial factors in cancer care is now widely accepted in the cancer field and affirmed by the Institute of Medicine. In fact, screening cancer patients for psychosocial distress... Read More

Monthly Spotlight
Monthly Spotlight: The National Cancer Institute’s SEER Program and the Applied Research Program

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences manages several complex programs designed to measure the national burden of cancer in the U.S... Read More

February 29, 2012
Upcoming Programs
Current On-Demand Webinars
Cancer Clinical Trials

Cancer Program Standards 2012 Chapter 1: Focus on Roles and Responsibilities of the Cancer Committee

Eligibility Requirements: The Cancer Committee's Role in Evaluation and Reporting

2012 and Beyond: The Survey Process

Studies of Quality and Quality Improvements

Quality of Patient Care: New CoC Standards

Important Accreditation Facts: New Program Categories, Accreditation Awards, and the OAA

Cancer Program Standards 2012 Continuum of Care Services: Focus on Survivorship Care Plans

Assuring a High-Quality Registry to Support Patient-Centered Care

Cancer Program Standards 2012 Continuum of Care Services: Focus on Psychosocial Distress Screening, Tools and Resources

Cancer Program Standards 2012: Clinical Services: Focus on Palliative Care Services

Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetic Testing

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Cancer Protocols: Where Weve Been and Where Were Going

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