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

Cancer Quality Improvement Program

The Cancer Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) is a quality report from the National Cancer Database (NCDB). The first report, CQIP 2013, was released in early 2014. CQIP reports annual quality and outcomes data to more than 1,500 cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

CQIP is unique in providing not only short-term quality and outcome data, but also long-term outcome data including five-year survival rates for commonly treated malignancies stratified by stage. CQIP allows each CoC-accredited program access to a confidential and individualized report (in PowerPoint format), which can be downloaded from CoC Datalinks.

Value to the Cancer Program

Programs are encouraged to review the CQIP based on topic areas of importance to the program. The report is released as a PowerPoint to allow programs the ability modify the presentation and select topic based slides to review. By reviewing the CQIP report, your cancer program has the data that will enable you to:

  • Improve the efficiency and the quality of cancer care
  • Demonstrate and, in some areas, improve the quality, efficiency, and timeliness of cancer care services
  • Discuss the relationship between increased quality, improved patient outcomes, and decreased expenses
  • Conduct quality assessment and quality improvement activities
  • Identify populations that would benefit from early prevention and detection (increase prevention and screening programs)
  • Increase compliance rates based on nationally accepted treatment guidelines
  • Conduct in-depth quality reviews to develop and implement corrective active action plans
  • Provide aggregate information to payers on their performance

CQIP 2018 Contents

This report includes:

  • A general discussion of the CoC, the value of accreditation, the roles of the quality improvement team at the local level
  • CoC recommendations on the use of the CQIP Report
  • Twenty-three quality measure reports for 10 disease sites: (3 - Bladder, 6-Breast, 3-Cervix, 2-Colon, 2-Endomentrium, 1-Gastric, 1-Kidney, 3-Non-Small Cell Lung, 1-Ovary, and 1- Rectum) of which five are National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed and surveillance measures
  • Unadjusted and risk-adjusted survival for breast, colon, and non-small cell lung cancers
  • Number of major surgical resections for selected cancers
  • Unadjusted 30- and 90-day mortality after selected complex cancer operations
  • Site-specific-focused reports for breast, colon, non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, and melanoma of the skin cancer including slides that provide stage distribution, distance traveled, and treatment comparisons by stage compared to national data
  • Administrative data will include cancer program volume, in-migration and out-migration rates, and insurance status
  • Up to four years of CQIP Annual Report history (2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016)

A complete slide directory is found in the About CQIP section of the CQIP Reporting application. Your CQIP report can be used by the Cancer Program Liaison to meet Commission on Cancer Standard 4.3. For additional assistance, contact