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National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is a consortium of national, professional organizations focused on breast health and dedicated to the improvement of quality outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast through evidence-based standards and patient and professional education. 

The objectives of the NAPBC include:

  • Consensus development of criteria for breast centers and a site visit process to monitor compliance 
  • Strengthening of the scientific basis for improving quality care 
  • Reducing the morbidity and mortality of breast cancer by improving screening mammography and advocating for increased access to and participation in clinical trials
  • Expanding programs of quality improvement measurement and benchmark comparison

New Resources for NAPBC Centers

The NAPBC Advocacy & Outreach Committee is pleased to provide your breast center with the following new resources to aid breast center staff in educating patients relative to biomarker and biomarker testing and patient/doctor communications. These resource lists are now posted for access by NAPBC contacts in the Resources section of the NAPBC accreditation portal (QPort).

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Survivorship Care

The continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has placed a great deal of stress on patients and breast centers. For this reason, the NAPBC has decided to temporarily suspend the requirement to deliver a survivorship care plan (SCP) to 50% of eligible patients for Standard 2.20: Breast Cancer Survivorship Care.

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Program Update

Scott Kurtzman, MD, FACS, Chair, NAPBC provided a program update that includes how NAPBC has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and plans for the future.

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Cancer Screening

The American Cancer Society has created a convenient Full Guidance Toolkit of six guidance documents on how to manage and promote cancer screening, cancer screening messages, and HPV vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Best Practices Webinars

NAPBC Best Practices Webinar Series: Quality in Action will showcase centers that have improved quality and access to care by enhancing program operations, developing patient-focused innovations, and quality improvement efforts.

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Virtual Site Visit Webinar

The recording of the CoC, NAPRC and NAPBC Virtual Site Visits—What Programs Need to Know webinar is available in CoC Datalinks, NAPBC and NAPRC portals. This webinar reviews the plans for each ACS Cancer Program, share results from the pilot site visits, and discuss how the virtual plan can be used by interested programs during the pandemic.

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Considering Re-Entry

COVID-19 Pandemic Breast Cancer Consortium’s Considerations for re-entry offers recommendations on how we can safely resume the multidisciplinary care of breast cancer patients whose treatment has been put on hold or otherwise modified.

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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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