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

Integrated Network Cancer Program Benefits

For the patient and community, our standards ensure:

  • Quality of care close to home provided by one network 
  • Coordinated service locations and practitioners within one network
  • Comprehensive care offering a more complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment within one network
  • Multidisciplinary team/facility approach to coordinate the best treatment options available
  • Access to cancer-related education and support within one network
  • Information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options communicated throughout the network

For the facility and medical staff, our accreditation program offers:

  • A model for organizing and managing your network to ensure multidisciplinary, integrated, and comprehensive oncology services throughout the network
  • Sharing of cancer-related information on patients seen within network for all those involved in providing cancer care
  • Recognition by other national health care organizations, including The Joint Commission, as having established performance measures for high-quality cancer care across the network continuum
  • Monitoring cancer patient outcomes using the network data collected by the cancer registry from all facilities involved
  • Information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options communicated throughout the network
  • Free marketing and national public exposure through the CoC Hospital Locator, an information sharing effort of resources, services, and cancer experience found on the CoC website
  • Participation in the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a nationwide oncology outcomes database (Pooled data from all facilities will be displayed as one network program.)
  • Access to benchmark reports containing national aggregate data and network-specific data to assess patterns of care and outcomes relative to national norms and to monitor and improve care across the continuum
  • Participation in special studies for the ad hoc collection of specific data to address important cancer problems
  • Marketing tools provided to communicate CoC accreditation and its benefits to the community

For more information on becoming a CoC-Accredited Network Cancer Program, contact the Accreditation Program staff at accreditation@facs.org.