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

Meeting the 2020 Standards for Optimal Cancer Care

In 2020, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) introduced new accreditation standards, Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards), that have undergone a significant change to focus on the provision of high-quality and measurable care. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality Programs focus on the four principles of quality care: set the standards, build the right infrastructure, collect robust data, and verify through a third party. The CoC 2020 Standards take the next step in focusing on quality by defining the optimal resources for cancer care in areas that were not addressed by previous standards, including defining the critical elements essential for surgical success and the rapid capture and reporting of data that can be used to drive quality improvement efforts.

With an eye toward facilitating the success of CoC-accredited programs, each webinar in the series will discuss the value of a specific new standard or standards, describe important new requirements for each standard, and offer recommendations for implementing the changes in accredited programs across the country.

All webinars are 12:00 noon–1:00 pm Central time. Review the continuing education credits available.

Survivorship Program: Standard 4.8
Recorded Wednesday, June 17 | Access webinar

Concurrent Abstracting Panel
Recorded Wednesday, June 24 | Access webinar

Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery: Standards 5.3 – 5.8
Recorded Wednesday, July 8 | Access webinar

Taking the Mystery Out of QI Projects Per Standard 7.3: A How-to Guide
Wednesday, July 29

Oncology Nursing Credentials: Standard 4.2
Wednesday, August 19 | Register


Cancer Programs Sessions at Quality and Safety Conference Virtual

August 21–24, 2020

The 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL will be a socially-distanced version of the in-person conference! Registration is free-of-charge and available to all. The program will offer a variety of compelling video presentations both live and on-demand, along with an opportunity to engage in a live chat with session presenters.

Register today and join us for the cancer sessions. CME, CNE, and CE will be available for all sessions.

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ACS Cancer Programs Conference: Quality Cancer Care in Motion

December 2–4, 2020
Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel 
Rosemont, IL

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CAnswer Forum LIVE 2020 webinars

CAnswer Forum LIVE is a 60-minute webinar that is available for live and recorded viewing to staff at current and prospective Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer programs. These webinars also includes important information from the Cancer Programs regarding upcoming events and clarification and updates on the standards.

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ACS Cancer Programs Conference: Quality Cancer Care in Motion

April 23–24, 2021
Hilton Denver City Center Hotel
Denver, CO