American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Important CP3R, v3 & CQIP Release Update

December 19, 2013

Dear CoC-Accredited Programs,

The CoC National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) staff regrets to inform you of a delay in the delivery schedule for the Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports (CP3R,v3) and Cancer Quality Improvement Program Annual Report (CQIP 2013), originally scheduled for a December 2013 release.

The NCDB staff has been working diligently to meet the December release of these data quality tools; however, unforeseen delays have been encountered. Reasons for the postponed release include a delay in obtaining the required equipment to support implementation of a new IT platform. The new IT platform will improve the ease of use, information display and enable the presentation for the three new quality breast measures included in the CP3R, v3 release. Lastly, with the December holidays fast approaching, we need to be sure there is adequate staff support to address any questions once the tools are released.

The main goal of the NCDB is to provide high quality, accurate and timely products to our programs. We have made the difficult decision to postpone the release of CP3R, v3 and CQIP 2013 to ensure the accuracy and quality of the data we are providing. As of today, the equipment delivery issue has been resolved; the reprocessing of the NCDB data has been completed and is being tested by the NCDB analytic staff. As soon as this is complete, final testing of CP3R, v3 will proceed. The NCDB staff will also update data for the Hospital Comparison Benchmark Reports (HCBM).

A final quality check by the NCDB analytic staff will be performed before releasing the new CP3R, v3 and CQIP 2013 reports. The current version of CP3R, v2 remains open for programs to edit and update while waiting for the release of CP3R, v3. Any updates will be migrated to the new CP3R,v3.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any delay.

Sincerely,

Commission on Cancer NCDB Staff

On behalf of:

Lynn Erdman, RN, MN, OCNS, FAAN
David P. Winchester, MD, FACS