The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) is an integral and required member of a CoC-accredited cancer program’s cancer committee.
It is permissible for the CLP to also serve as the cancer committee chair, but it is encouraged that the CLP role and the chair role be filled by two individuals.
According to the CoC Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards), the CLP is identified as the physician quality leader of the cancer committee and is expected to fulfill the responsibilities within each of the following Standards:
2.2 Cancer Liaison Physician
The cancer program fulfills all the compliance criteria:
7.1 Accountability and Quality Improvement Measures
The CLP is expected to:
7.3 Quality Improvement Initiative
Under the guidance of the Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP), the Quality Improvement Coordinator, and the cancer committee, the cancer program must measure, evaluate, and improve its performance through at least one cancer-specific quality improvement initiative each year:
The NCDB maintains several web-based data applications referred to as Quality Cancer Tools that have been developed to promote access to NCDB data. These tools are for use by Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited programs as a means by which to evaluate and compare the cancer care delivered to patients diagnosed and/or treated at their facility with that provided at the state, regional, and national levels.
Quality Cancer Tools are available in the CoC Quality Portal (QPort). This is a password-protected portal that CLPs are not granted access to automatically. The Primary Contact at accredited sites must request access to QPort on behalf of a CLP. This request is made in the Site Contacts section of QPort. The Primary Contact must submit a separate request on behalf of a CLP to access the Quality Cancer Tools. This request is submitted through the Data Platform Contacts section of QPort.
Once access to QPort is granted, the same login used for the retired CoC Datalinks system will be used to access QPort. In the event you forget your password, please visit the Member Login page to use the Forgot User Name or Password feature to reset your password.
CLPs are encouraged to review descriptions and instructions for each of the Quality Cancer Tools provided in the National Cancer Database Tools 2021 guide and view the CoC Cancer Liaison Physician Education Series: Utilizing the National Cancer Database Tools before logging into QPort to access and review their facility’s data.
The Quality Cancer Tools include:
The following are additional resources to support CLPs in their role.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Topics for the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Cancer Liaison Physicians April meeting included updates from the CoC, the President’s Cancer Panel, and the American Cancer Society National Consortium for Cancer Screening and Care, and the latest information on CoC synoptic operative reports.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Topics for the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Cancer Liaison Physicians meeting included CoC update, accreditation update, CoC Research Paper Competition presentations, and open forum.