American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Meeting the 2020 Standards for Optimal Cancer Care

In 2020, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) introduced new accreditation standards, Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards), that have undergone a significant change to focus on the provision of high-quality and measurable care. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality Programs focus on the four principles of quality care: set the standards, build the right infrastructure, collect robust data, and verify through a third party. The CoC 2020 Standards take the next step in focusing on quality by defining the optimal resources for cancer care in areas that were not addressed by previous standards, including defining the critical elements essential for surgical success and the rapid capture and reporting of data that can be used to drive quality improvement efforts.

With an eye toward facilitating the success of CoC-accredited programs, each webinar in the series will discuss the value of a specific new standard or standards, describe important new requirements for each standard, and offer recommendations for implementing the changes in accredited programs across the country.

All webinars are 12:00 noon–1:00 pm Central time. Review the continuing education credits available.

Survivorship Program: Standard 4.8
Wednesday, June 17

Concurrent Abstracting Panel
Wednesday, June 24 

Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery: Standards 5.3 – 5.8
Wednesday, July 8 | Register

Taking the Mystery Out of QI Projects Per Standard 7.3: A How-to Guide
Wednesday, July 29 | Register

Oncology Nursing Credentials: Standard 4.2
Wednesday, August 19 | Register

New Dates for Postponed ACS 2020 Cancer Accreditation Programs: New Content for a New Decade

In light of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is postponing the ACS 2020 Cancer Accreditation Programs Conference: New Content for a New Decade, originally scheduled for April 22–24, 2020, until December 2-4, 2020. We made this difficult decision out of an abundance of caution, and with concern for your safety, the safety of your patients, friends, and family. Ensuring the health and safety of our communities is our highest priority.

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CAnswer Forum LIVE 2020 webinars

CAnswer Forum LIVE is a 60-minute webinar that is available for live and recorded viewing to staff at current and prospective Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer programs. These webinars also includes important information from the Cancer Programs regarding upcoming events and clarification and updates on the standards.

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ACS Cancer Programs Conference: Quality Cancer Care in Motion

April 23–24, 2021
Hilton Denver City Center Hotel
Denver, CO