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National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) Unveiled

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…

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Developing an Oncology IT Strategy

Cancer has become a disease characterized by its data. Insurance companies demand cost and utilization data, searching for a meaningful way to optimize value. Patients request test results, lab values, and physician notes, seeking to become shared decision-makers in their care. Researchers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and others seek clinical data in an effort to further our biological understanding of the disease…

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Patient Navigation Metrics

Patient navigation programs have achieved more traction over the last several years, including the release of the 2013 ONS Nurse Navigator Core Competencies and the 2012 Commission on Cancer (CoC) Standard 3.1, Patient Navigation Process. While these guidelines and standards have provided cancer programs with additional justification to support the navigator role, it is incredibly important for managers and administrators…

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