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December ACS Cancer Programs Conference Canceled Due to COVID

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, ACS Cancer Programs leadership has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 ACS Cancer Programs Conference: Quality Cancer Care in Motion that had been scheduled for December 2–4, 2020 in Rosemont, IL.

This fall and winter we will be offering a series of webinars that will address a portion of the content that was planned for the December conference, as well as education on additional topics of interest for our colleagues in accredited programs. Watch the Cancer Programs Events web page and Cancer Programs News for more information about each series, including the topics, speakers, and webinar descriptions as well as the links to webinar registration.

Register today to reserve your space to attend A Better Way to Follow: Collaboration Between Hospitals and State Registries scheduled for September 30 at 12:00 noon (CDT). NCRA CE credits have been approved for this webinar. Current practices expect each hospital to obtain follow-up information for patients with cancer on their own. This individualized process increases the workload for physicians, registries in tertiary hospitals, and patients who may receive multiple requests for information, and it overlooks the role of the state or central registries in cancer surveillance. The collaborative effort to obtain follow-up information brings additional power to the work of both hospitals and state registries, and makes follow-up work more efficient and effective.

Register to attend the second webinar in this series, Rationale for Radiation Oncology Data Items in STORE 2018, offered on October 21 at 11:00 am (CDT). NCRA CE credits have been approved for this webinar. The data items describing radiation oncology treatment have not been modified for several years, which limits the ability to capture new and more specific data. This affects both the ability to analyze and report treatment results and patient outcomes. The new radiation oncology fields released: in STORE Manual make the data more relevant and easier to capture new trends in the radiation oncology field.

Meeting the 2020 Standards for Optimal Cancer Care Webinar Series–Now Available

The CoC 2020 Standards took the next step in focusing on quality by defining the optimal resources for cancer care in areas that were not addressed by previous standards, including defining the critical elements essential for surgical success and the rapid capture and reporting of data that can be used to drive quality improvement efforts. The webinar series Meeting the 2020 Standards for Optimal Patient Care provided focused content on several new and challenging requirements for CoC-accredited cancer programs.

Did you miss any of the webinars for the series or need a refresher on this important information? Then access the ACS learning management system to view on-demand content on the following topics. CME, CNE, and CE credits are available.

  • Survivorship Program: Standard 4.8
  • Concurrent Abstracting Panel
  • Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery: Standards 5.3–5.8
  • Taking the Mystery Out of QI Projects Per Standard 7.3: A How-to Guide
  • Oncology Nursing Credentials: Standard 4.2

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Register Today for October CAnswer Forum LIVE

Registration is now open for the October 14 and December 9 CAnswer Forum LIVE webinars. Questions for the October session must be submitted by 12:00 noon (CDT) on September 30.