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Congratulations to the 2011 CoC Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

The CoC of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) to a select group of 106 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States.

Established in 2004, the 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.  The level of compliance with the seven standards is determined during an onsite evaluation by a physician surveyor. In addition, facilities must receive a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards. This year's awardees represent approximately 22 percent of the 489 programs surveyed during this period. A majority of recipients are community-based facilities; however, there were also teaching hospitals, NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, VA hospitals, and Network Cancer Programs that received the award.    

Find the CoC press release announcing the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award recipients on the CoC News web page at  OAA Programs are also listed on the CoC website at

The Cancer Program Administrator will receive the congratulatory letter, press kit, OAA trophy or New Program OAA plaque by the end of April.  Each facility’s cancer program staff and director of public relations will receive an email communication confirming this award by the end of March.

CoC News
The Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership Website:

The Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership (CCCNP) has launched a website ( that provides information about the CCCNP and its activities. Read More

CoC to Exhibit at the NCRA

The CoC will host an exhibit at the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA), April 18-21, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, DC.
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Accreditation Program
Best Practice Repository 2012 – Look What’s New

Check out what’s new on Best Practice Repository 2012.  We have been working diligently to develop, review, and post examples and resources to help cancer programs meet... Read More

What’s New on the CAnswer Forum

On April 15, 2012, the CoC will remove the archived Inquiry and Response (I&R) database from the CAnswer Forum.  After reviewing the old system we found many questions are out of date... Read More

Highlighting the 2012 Standards – Chapter 3: Continuum of Care

The CoC standards have historically focused on the structure needed to ensure high quality care and the process to provide active cancer treatment.  These areas remain a key focus... Read More

NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
Is Your CLP Getting Educated on Their New Role?

The new Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) role defined in Standard 4.3 is well underway.  Newly appointed and reappointed CLPs must participate in the five webinar educational series... Read More

National Cancer Data Base
The RQRS Experience: Change is not easy, but it is worth it!

This month, three beta test programs shared their experiences using the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) with more than 50 workshop participants.
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Updated Registry Plus Online Help Version 12.1 for 2011

A new version of Registry Plus Online Help (RPOH) has been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Cancer Surveillance Branch. Read More

Educational Activities
Survey Savvy and Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) Workshops in 2013

The CoC will host the next Survey Savvy and RQRS workshops concurrently in late Spring/early Summer 2013 in Chicago, Illinois and dates will be announced in the Flash... Read More

Take Advantage of CoC Support to Ensure Compliance with the New 2012 Patient-Centered Standards

Has your cancer program started assessing strategies for implementation of the new CoC patient-centered standards scheduled for implementation in 2015?  If not, don’t procrastinate any longer. Read More

News from CoC Partners

We invite you to take part in the pre-conference exercise for the Interactive Discussion of Part I CS Coding Instructions plenary session that will take place at this year's NCRA Annual Conference. Read More


Quality care has become the new definition of value in healthcare.  Initiatives to assess quality care exist for breast centers as a program and for each clinical discipline.
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Cancer registrars throughout the world will join their colleagues, fellow medical professionals, and community leaders to observe the 16th annual National Cancer Registrars Week (NCRW), April 9-13, 2012. Read More

Participate in Cancer Support Community Programming

Kim Thiboldeaux, president and CEO of the Cancer Support Community, hosts a weekly radio broadcast titled Frankly Speaking About Cancer.  The March 20 program addressed... Read More

Monthly Spotlight
Monthly Spotlight: National Society of Genetic Counselors and NSGC Familial Cancer Risk Counseling Special Interest Group

The NSGC promotes the professional interests of genetic counselors and provides a network for professional communications. Local and national continuing education opportunities... Read More

News of Interest
CDC Releases 1999-2009 National Program of Cancer Registries Data on CDC WONDER

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Cancer Prevention and Control supports states and territories in maintaining population-based registries that provide high-quality data... Read More

March 30, 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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