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

Chapter 3: Continuum of Care Services

About the Standards in Chapter 3

Standard 3.1, Patient Navigation Process, is a 2012 standard with a phase-in date of January 1, 2015. All cancer programs will be required to demonstrate that they have the ability and resources to assist cancer patients, families, and caregivers in moving or “navigating” through the gaps and barriers to quality cancer care throughout their cancer journey.

Standard 3.2, Psychosocial Distress Screening, is a new 2012 standard and must be phased-in for 2015. All cancer programs will need to demonstrate that they screen patients diagnosed with cancer and identify the issues that can negatively impact treatment and outcome.

Standard 3.3, Survivorship Care Plan, is a phase-in standard for 2015. It requires that all cancer programs provide a summary of treatment and a follow-up plan to all patients completing cancer treatments.