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In June, the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) was unveiled at the 2017 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons’ annual meeting. A collaboration between the OSTRiCH (Optimizing the Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer) Consortium and the Commission on Cancer (CoC), NAPRC’s goal is to ensure patients with rectal cancer receive appropriate care using a multidisciplinary approach.

For many hospitals, NAPRC will be similar to another CoC accreditation program, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer (NAPBC). NAPRC has a total of 22 standards, which are categorized into three types: Program Management, Clinical Services, and Quality Improvement. Four of the standards are still under development.

Becoming NAPRC accredited can elevate your program both clinically and programmatically; however, it requires commitment from physicians and hospital administration. If you are considering participating in this program, Oncology Solutions can provide a quick readiness assessment to determine the current state and actionable items needed to meet the standards. If your program has already decided to move forward with accreditation, we can also assist with performing a gap analysis, reviewing each standard with you, and setting up the necessary structures for continued success. Additional areas of assistance include:

  • Working with the multidisciplinary team to craft the treatment pathway(s)
  • Developing templates for auditing and reporting on the required standards
  • Providing process and quality improvement action plans to ensure compliance
  • Writing a job description for the rectal cancer program coordinator

Like the outcomes from NAPBC, we believe that NAPRC will provide clinical benefits to patients through decreased local recurrences and increased survival, and it will advance the multidisciplinary approach in cancer programs. If you are interested in finding out more about the NAPRC accreditation process or you need assistance in helping administration to understand the resources required and the benefits of being accredited, please contact Oncology Solutions at [email protected] or (404) 836-2000. We look forward to hearing from you.