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National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer

What Is the NAPRC?

The National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC) was developed through a collaboration between The OSTRiCh Consortium (Optimizing the Surgical Treatment of Rectal Cancer) and the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

The NAPRC’s goal is to ensure patients with rectal cancer receive appropriate care using a multidisciplinary approach. The NAPRC is based on successful international models that emphasize:

Program Structure

Establishing a rectal cancer multidisciplinary team comprised of trained and qualified physicians and coordinators

Patient Care Processes

Researching supported protocols and processes for rectal cancer care

Performance Improvement

Data collection and monitoring to track care processes, treatment, compliance, and patient outcomes

Performance Measures

Verifying adherence to evidence-based procedures, including total mesorectal excision, pathological assessment, and MRI staging and reporting

This NAPRC slide deck is intended to be used as a resource for the members of the NAPRC committees and for individuals interested in seeking NAPRC accreditation. These slides can be used in part or in whole to meet the needs of the intended audience with the goal of delivering a consistent and uniform message about the history, value, and current status of the NAPRC.

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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CAnswer Forum Live

CAnswer Forum LIVE is a 60-minute webinar that is available for live and recorded viewing to staff at current and prospective CoC, NAPBC, and NAPRC programs. In addition to answering the questions that are submitted, this webinar also includes important information from the Cancer Programs regarding upcoming events and clarification and updates on the standards.

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2020 Standards

The NAPRC is pleased to announce that its new accreditation standards, Optimal Resources for Rectal Cancer Care (2020 Standards), are now available for download.

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NAPRC Quality Portal

An upgraded web portal to manage NAPRC accreditation is now available for current NAPRC programs.

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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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Brochure

Learn about how ACS Cancer Programs are improving outcomes for patients with cancer in our latest brochure.

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