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Cancer Program News

In every issue, you’ll find the latest news and updates from all ACS Cancer Programs, including the Commission on Cancer (CoC), National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), National Cancer Database (NCDB), American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), ACS Cancer Research Program (ACS CRP), and Cancer Surgery Standards Program (CSSP). Cancer Programs News will feature a regular column from Medical Director Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS, as well as profiles of program volunteers, member organizations, and staff. We also plan to showcase bylined articles authored by our volunteers and members on a wide range of diverse topics, including meeting highlights, tips for managing the accreditation process, best practices and innovations, and the latest research.

Issues

September 17, 2020

September 3, 2020

August 20, 2020

August 6, 2020

July 23, 2020

July 9, 2020

June 25, 2020

June 11, 2020

May 28, 2020

May 14, 2020

April 30, 2020

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Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons

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The Brief

The Brief has been retired. Below you will find archived issues of The Brief, which offered the latest in cancer news and important information from the ACS Cancer Programs.

Archived Issues

Updates and Alerts

2020

Commission on Cancer-accredited Cancer Program Requirements for 2021 (9/16/20)

Don’t miss these ACS Cancer Program Sessions at Clinical Congress 2020 (9/15/20, Reminder sent 9/21/20)

December 2020 ACS Cancer Programs Conference Quality Cancer Care in Motion canceled due to COVID-19 (9/15/20)

The Rapid Cancer Reporting System (RCRS) Launch Date (9/10/20)

National Cancer Database Participant User File 2004-2017 Data Now Available (9/2/20)

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) releasing an upgraded NAPBC Quality Portal (9/2/20)

Deadline is Today: ACS Cancer Research Program Mediastinal Lymph Node Station Survey (8/31/20)

REMINDER: CoC Plenary Session Taking Place October 30 - Register Today (8/27/20)

Access ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL QI Sessions (8/25/20)

Join the Cancer Liaison Physician Orientation Webinar on September 17, 2020 (8/20/20)

Change to the Save-the-Date for the 2020 Commission on Cancer (CoC) VIRTUAL Meetings (8/18/20)

Deadline Extended: ACS Cancer Research Program Mediastinal Lymph Node Station Survey (8/17/20)

Updates and a Quick Survey on Synoptic Operative Reports for CoC Standards (8/14/20, Reminder sent 8/19/20)

Register Today for August 26 NAPRC Webinar (8/14/20)

National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer retiring from CoC Datalinks August 31, 2020 (8/11/20)

Important Update about September 23 Virtual Site Visit Webinar (8/7/20)

Important Update for Cancer Accreditation Programs (8/7/20)

Rapid Cancer Reporting System (RCRS) pilot testing will begin on August 3, 2020 (8/6/20)

ACS 2020 Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL Rescheduled for August 21-24, 2020 (8/5/20)

ACS Cancer Research Program Mediastinal Lymph Node Station Survey (8/3/20, Reminder sent 8/10/20)

AJCC API Version 9 Effective January 2021 (7/27/20)

AJCC Moving from Editions to Versions in 2021 (7/23/20)

Register Today for This Week’s 2020 ACS Quality & Safety Conference VIRTUAL (7/22/20) 

American College of Surgeons  Launches Cancer Surgery Standards Program (CSSP) (7/21/20)

ACS Quality & Safety Conference Cancer Sessions to Focus on COVID-19 & Roles of Humans & Machines (7/20/22)

ACS Quality and Safety Conference Sessions to Focus on Synoptic Operative Reports (7/16/20)

2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL Cancer Sessions to Focus on Quality (7/14/20)

Cancer Surgery Standards Program (CSSP) Launch Webcast (7/13/20)

New Cancer Session Added to 2020 Virtual Quality & Safety Conference (7/10/20)

An Update from AJCC and SEER Regarding Histology Codes and Terms (7/6/20)

NAPRC Releases Upgraded Portal (6/24/20)

NAPRC Releases New Standards Manual, Upgraded Portal (6/24/20)

Cancer Sessions at the 2020 Virtual Quality & Safety Conference (7/1/20)

CoC Quality Improvement Projects (6/23/20)

Deadline for CoC Annual Cancer Research Paper Competition Extended to July 15, 2020 (6/22/20)

CoC Cancer Liaison Program Tools and Resources Update (6/19/20)

2020 NAPBC Value of Accreditation Survey Results (6/10/20)

Updates Planned for NAPRC Standards Manual and Portal (6/9/20)

AJCC Seeks Volunteers to Participate in Focus Groups (6/4/20)

ACS Cancer Programs Webinar Series: Meeting the 2020 Standards for Optimal Cancer Care (6/3/20)

Cancer Quality Improvement Program (CQIP 2019) Released (6/2/20)

Important Update from the Cancer Accreditation Programs (6/1/2020)

Deadline Extended ACS Cancer Programs Educational Needs Assessment Survey (5/26/20)

CoC Cancer Liaison Program Tools and Resources (5/19/20, Reminder sent 6/2/20)

COVID-19 Pandemic Breast Cancer Consortium Develops Considerations for Re-entry (5/15/20)

Reminder: Please Complete the CLP Survey by Friday, May 15, 2020 (5/13/20)

Cancer Programs Educational Needs Assessment (5/12/20, Reminder sent 5/19/20)

Update on Implementation of CoC Operative Standards (5/11/20)

NCDB Releases Completeness and Default Overuse Report.(5/4/20)

American College of Surgeons - Member Password Access Changes Effective 5/1/2020 9:00 am CT (5/1/20)

NAPBC Offers Patient Template Letter Regarding COVID-19 Treatment Delays (4/28/20)

CROWN Study: COVID-19-Related Oncologist's Concerns about Treatment Delays (4/24/20, Reminder sent 5/8/20)

2017 Data Now Available in NCDB Reporting Tools (4/23/20)

New ACS Cancer Programs Guidelines for Surgery During COVID-19 Acute and Recovery Phases (4/23/20)

Expected Changes for the New Rapid Cancer Reporting System (RCRS) (4/22/20)

NCDB Call for Data Deadline Extended (4/21/20)

COVID-19 WEBINAR: Cancer Management Challenges—Using Virtual Tumor Boards (4/21/20; Reminder sent 4/22/20)

Introducing NCDB's New Rapid Cancer Reporting System (RCRS) (4/17/20)

COVID-19 WEBINAR: Cancer Care Delays: What They Mean to You and Your Patients - Town Hall (4/13/20; Reminders sent 4/14/20 and 4/15/20)

On behalf of Christina Lucara of ASBrS: "COVID-19 Pandemic Breast Cancer Consortium" Webinar (4/9/20) (Reminders sent 4/10/20 and 4/13/20)

Recommendations for Prioritization, Treatment & Triage of Breast Cancer Patients During COVID-19 (4/8/20)

COVID-19 Webinar—Cancer Care Delays What They Mean to You and Your Patients (4/7/20; Reminder sent 4/8/20)

Important Update for Cancer Accreditation Programs (4/7/20)

Release of CP3R and updates required for CQIP release (4/6/20)

Deadline Extended: Cancer Liaison Program Resource Development (4/2/20)

ACS Cancer Programs FAQ Addresses Site Visit Postponements (3/31/20)

ACS Cancer Programs COVID-19 Resources Update (3/30/20)

ACS Cancer Accreditation Programs Conference Rescheduled for December 2–4, 2020 (3/30/20)

ACS Cancer Programs COVID-19 Resources Update (3/27/20)

ACS Clinical Research Program Resource Development for Commission on Cancer (3/26/20)

ACS Cancer Programs COVID-19 Resources Update (3/26/20)

ACS Cancer Programs COVID-19 Resources Update (3/25/20)

American College of Surgeons (ACS) Accreditation and Verification Programs Grant One Year Extensions (3/24/20)

Cancer Liaison Program Resource Development (3/19/20)

Important Information for Our Cancer Accreditation Programs (3/13/20)

Postponed: ACS Cancer Accreditation Programs 2020: New Content for a New Decade (3/12/20)

Commission on Cancer Operative Standards Update (3/10/20)

NCDB Tools Function is Restored (3/6/20)

New Social Media Profiles for Cancer Programs (3/5/20)

Deadline Extended to March 9 Commission on Cancer's (CoC) Quality Measures (3/5/20)

Reminder Please Complete this NAPBC Survey by March 13 (3/2/20)

NAPBC Annual Report (2/27/20)

Commission on Cancer's (CoC) Quality Measures (2/27/20)

API Transition (2/21/20)

Reminder Please Complete this NAPBC Survey by February 28 (2/19/20)

Updating the CLP Role in CoC Datalinks (2/18/20)

Please Complete this NAPBC Survey by February 28 (2/4/20)

API Transition (1/17/20)

Update on Resources for Implementation of the CoC Operative Standards for Accreditation (1/9/20)

2019

The NCDB PUF Application Is Now Open (9/18/19)

NCDB News—RQRS Updates and Cancer Status (8/15/19)

Important Fee Information: No Increase in Accreditation Fees for 2020 (8/6/19)

NCDB News—RQRS Updates (7/18/19)

NCDB News—NCDB Clarification on Coding NAACCR Data Item 756 Tumor Size Summary When No Size Is Given (7/9/19)

NCDB News—NCDB Clarification to CTR Radiation Coding Guide—Coding SAVI equipment for Brachytherapy (7/3/19)

NCDB: The Corner STORE—NCDB RQRS User Guide Updated (6/27/19)

NCDB: The Corner STORE—NCDB Reporting Tools (6/6/19)

NCDB: The Corner STORE—RQRS Update (5/30/19)

NCDB: The Corner STORE—2019 NCDB Call for Data and NCRA Speakers (5/16/19)

NCDB: The Corner STORE—Clarification for the Use of Code 86 for Radiation Primary Treatment Volume (5/9/19)

NCDB: The Corner STORE—RQRS and NCDB Update (5/2/19)

NCDB: The Corner STORE—NCDB Metafile Update (4/25/19)

NCDB: The Corner STORE—Tracking NCDB/RQRS Submissions, CTR Guide to Coding Radiation Therapy (4/18/19)

Update on Cancer Registry Data Collection for 2020 (4/11/2019)

NCDB: The Corner STORE—NCDB Metafile Update (4/11/2019)

NCDB: The Corner STORE—I-131 for Thyroid (4/4/2019)

NCDB: The Corner STORE—CTR Guide to Coding Radiation Therapy and Call for Data 2019 GenEDITS Plus 5 (3/28/2019)

NCDB: The Corner STORE—NCDB: 2019 Call for Data Announcement, CQIP and Survival Report Released (3/21/2019)

NCDB: The Corner STORE (3/7/2019)

NCDB: The Corner STORE (2/28/2019)

2015 Special Study Results Published (2/8/2019)

NCDB: The Corner STORE (2/7/2019)

Experience Rosemont While Attending the Cluster Programs (1/23/2019)

NCDB: The Corner STORE (1/10/2019)

2019 Program Activity Record (PAR) Release (1/8/2019)

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