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National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer

What Is the NAPRC?

The National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) was developed through a collaboration between The OSTRiCh Consortium (Optimizing the Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer) and the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

The NAPRC’s goal is to ensure patients with rectal cancer receive appropriate care using a multidisciplinary approach. The NAPRC is based on successful international models that emphasize:

Program Structure

Establishing a rectal cancer multidisciplinary team comprised of trained and qualified physicians and coordinators

Patient Care Processes

Researching supported protocols and processes for rectal cancer care

Performance Improvement

Data collection and monitoring to track care processes, treatment, compliance, and patient outcomes

Performance Measures

Verifying adherence to evidence-based procedures, including total mesorectal excision, pathological assessment, and MRI staging and reporting

Important Update

The leadership and staff of the Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer are committed to the health and safety of our participating accredited program staff, health care professionals, physicians, and their patients. 

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2020 Site Visit FAQs

An FAQ document has been developed to assist CoC, NAPBC, and NAPRC program participants with the changes that have been put in place by the American College of Surgeons to postpone accreditation and verification site visits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Resources

The American College of Surgeons is compiling and distributing information on the impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the health care setting. Visit the ACS COVID-19 section for updates.

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COVID-19 Webinars

ACS Cancer Programs have developed a series of webinars addressing multidisciplinary  management of breast, thoracic, and colorectal cancers and the delay of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Standards Update

The NAPRC released updates to four standards related to the rectal cancer multidisciplinary team: Standards 2.5, 2.6, 2.11, and 2.12.

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