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This year, the training for CoC-trained Consultants focused on the continuum of care standards for patient navigation, psychosocial distress and survivorship,and more.

Thoughts from Last Week’s Training for CoC-Trained Consultants

Fri, Nov 21, 2014  -  Comments (0)  -   Posted by Toni Hare

Last week I attended the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC) Annual Surveyor and Consultant Training in Chicago with my fellow CoC-trained Consultants who are on staff with me here at CHAMPS Oncology. Karen Schmidt, Ilona Gyerman, Brenda Mileto and I found the two-day training to be filled with great insights into the CoC’s patient-centered standards.

This year, the training for CoC-trained Consultants focused on the continuum of care standards for patient navigation, psychosocial distress and survivorship, as well as cancer data quality and patient care quality improvement standards. Speakers including Dr. Daniel McKellar, chair of the CoC and Dr. Danny Takanishi, vice-chair of the accreditation committee, helped clarify the CoC’s intent for their standards. 

I left the meeting feeling particularly excited about some of the changes coming soon to our industry, including:

  • A major overhaul of the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB)
  • New quality measures for melanoma, urologic, breast, rectal and pediatric oncology
  • Expansion of pediatric accreditation
  • A revision of the Facility Oncology Registry Data Standards' (FORDS) manual
  • An upgrade to the Survey Application Record (SAR), with webinar training forthcoming 

It’s always great to gather with CoC-trained Consultants from near and far. Every year, this training renews my passion for the work I do and the part I play in helping patients battle their disease. What changes are you expecting to see in our profession in the New Year? 

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