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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.

Upcoming webinar

Join us for "Practical Tips, Pearls and Advice from the Trenches Part 2!" on June 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm CDT to learn the intimate details of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the accreditation process from rectal cancer program directors and coordinators. Continuing education credits available for CTRs and nurses.

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NAPRC Update

The NAPRC is committed to help optimize the outcomes for all patients, regardless of treatment setting. Despite significant evidence that both volume and training strongly correlated with outcomes, the NAPRC has focused on the delivery of optimal rectal cancer care based upon adherence to standards rather than upon case volumes. This methodology should allow us to succeed in allowing patients throughout the U.S. to avail themselves of NAPRC-quality rectal cancer care.

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Cancer Screening

The American Cancer Society has created a convenient Full Guidance Toolkit of six guidance documents on how to manage and promote cancer screening, cancer screening messages, and HPV vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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

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