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March 16, 2012 (Cleveland)

Learn How to Manage Multiple Accreditations for Your Cancer Program



The focus on patient-centered care and value-based purchasing has had an impact on cancer programs as well as the hospitals they reside in. Cancer programs across the country are increasingly realizing an opportunity, and the challenge that comes along with it, to apply for and manage multiple accreditations that serve to validate the outcomes and patient-centered nature of its cancer care team.

Topping the list of accreditations for cancer programs are the new patient-centered Commission on Cancer Standards and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers from the American College of Surgeons; Disease-Specific Certifications from The Joint Commission; and the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Hospitals and their cancer programs can find it challenging to manage this complex combination of accreditation requirements. To learn how to effectively streamline and manage this multi-faceted accreditation process, refer to Multiple Cancer Program Accreditations: Mastering the Juggling Act, in the March/April edition of Oncology Issues, by Toni Hare, RHIT, CTR, Commission on Cancer-trained Consultant and Vice President of CHAMPS Oncology. The article includes a case study as well as practical tips on managing multiple accreditations.

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