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75 Cancer programs earn the outstanding achievement award

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons, has presented the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) to 75 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S.

Established in 2004, the OAA recognizes cancer programs that demonstrate excellence by earning commendation for all applicable standards and providing quality care to patients with cancer. A program earns the OAA by completing the accreditation survey and receiving a Performance Report that indicates an accreditation award of “Three-Year with Commendation” outlining the  commendation ratings for the seven commendation-level standards and no deficiencies.

Currently, there are seven commendation standards:

  • Standard 1.9 - Clinical Trial Accrual
  • Standard 1.11 – Cancer Registrar Education
  • Standard 1.12 – Public Reporting of Outcomes
  • Standard 2.1 – College of American Pathologists (CAP) Protocols
  • Standard 2.2 – Nursing Care
  • Standard 5.2 – Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) Participation
  • Standard 5.6 – Accuracy of Data

These 75 programs received the OAA as a result of surveys performed in 2014, and represent approximately 15 percent of cancer programs surveyed during this period.  The majority of recipients are community-based facilities; however, there are also academic hospitals, integrated networks, and a Veterans Affairs facility that received this year's award. New programs undergoing initial survey and National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated programs are not eligible to earn the OAA.

The CoC press release and the finalized list of OAA recipients are now online. More details regarding accessing the marketing materials and OAA trophy will be e-mailed directly to the Cancer Program Administrator (CPA) at each facility by March 25.

Questions regarding the OAA should be sent to the Accreditation Team.