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National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer

The Commission on Cancer is proud to announce the development of the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC).

What Is the NAPRC?

The 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 ensuring 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

NAPRC Standards

The NAPRC Standards evaluate the following elements of an accredited rectal cancer program:

  • Program Leadership—Ensures the program and multidisciplinary team is overseen by an appointed and qualified Rectal Cancer Program Leader
  • Clinical Services—Confirms rectal cancer patients receive appropriate care based on diagnosis
  • Treatment Planning and Time to Treatment—Verifies definitive treatment begins within specified timeframe
  • Quality Improvement—Utilizes data to improve efficiency, standardized care, and improved outcomes

Status of NAPRC Development

Based on the results of six completed pilot surveys, the NAPRC Steering Committee is working diligently to finalize the standards manual, quality of care data measures, and the survey process.

Interest Survey

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