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

From the Director’s Desk

Quality in Motion

Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS

Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS
Medical Director, ACS Cancer Programs

Efforts by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs to expand quality improvement efforts were clearly outlined and discussed during the recent Quality Cancer Care in Motion VIRTUAL Conference held on April 27 and 28. Because it was virtual and recorded, it is not too late for you to catch the content from this excellent two-day conference on quality. Recorded sessions will continue to be available for the next several months. And if you haven’t already done so, you can still register by visiting our website.

Conference speakers not only covered the why, how, and who of the Commission on Cancer (CoC) standards and new tools, but they also provided personal and/or institutional insights from their own CoC experiences. Insights provided during the conference will be very useful for guiding others toward achieving successful implementation of new standards and for adopting new tools.

New standards and tools that were featured at the conference included the 2020 Operative Standards 5.3–5.8, synoptic operative reports, the Pre-Review Questionnaire (PRQ), concurrent abstraction through the Rapid Cancer Reporting System (RCRS), new approaches to quality measures, and staging updates. There were plenty of “Ask the Experts” panels to address audience questions and share group wisdom on all aspects of CoC standards, reporting, and infrastructure tools. The CoC remains steadfastly committed to delivering on the promise of quality cancer care, and we are moving forward with fresh new applications and actions. We are in this quality journey together, so please don’t miss this opportunity to view the outstanding conference content.