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Register Today for October 30 CoC Plenary Session

If you haven’t already done so, please make sure to register for the virtual CoC Plenary Session, scheduled for 1:30–4:00 pm Central time Friday, October 30. The meeting is open to all CoC-accredited cancer program contacts including CoC Cancer Liaison Physicians, State Chairs, members and Site Reviewers, as well as American Cancer Society national and regional staff.

During the Plenary Session, CoC leaders and panelists will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on CoC accreditation activities, key highlights of implementation of the 2020 standards, the launch of the new Rapid Cancer Reporting System, and the future of quality measures. The meeting also will include an address from incoming CoC Chair Timothy Mullett, MD, FACS, and a question and answer session. Visit the meeting website to view the complete agenda.

Registration is required. After registering for the Plenary Session, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar. A reminder will be sent one hour prior to the meeting. The webinar is limited to the first 3,000 participants. Because of the size of the audience, computer audio is required to listen to the webinar. Participation by phone will not be available. The meeting will be recorded and posted on the CoC website.

CoC Welcomes New Program Leaders

The American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs is pleased to announce these newly appointed program and committee leaders. Congratulations on your leadership role.

Commission on Cancer

Chair, Commission on Cancer
Timothy Mullett, MD, FACS

Chair, CoC Cancer Liaison Program
Quyen Chu, MD, FACS

Vice-Chair, CoC Cancer Liaison Program
Maria Castaldi, MD, FACS

Chair, CoC Member Organization Steering Committee
Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW

Vice-Chair, CoC Member Organization Steering Committee
Kenneth Gow, MD, FACS

Chair, CoC Nominating Committee
Lawrence Shulman, MD, FACP, FASCO

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

Chair, NAPBC Standards & Accreditation Committee
Jill Dietz, MD, FACS

Vice-Chair, NAPBC Standards & Accreditation Committee
Hannah Gilmore, MD, FACS

American Joint Committee on Cancer

Chair, AJCC Membership & Bylaws Committee
Scott Kurtzman, MD, FACS

Vice-Chair, AJCC Membership & Bylaws Committee
Alicia Morgans, MD, MPH

Chair, AJCC Education & Promotions Committee
Alexander Olawaiye, MD

Vice-Chair, AJCC Education & Promotions Committee
Thomas Baker, MD

Cancer Research Program

Co-Chair, CRP Dissemination & Implementation Committee
Sarah Birken, PhD

Co-Chair, CRP Cancer Care Delivery Research Committee
Heather Neuman, MD, MS, FACS

Chair, CRP Cancer Surgery Standards Development Committee
Christina Roland, MD, MS, FACS

Cancer Surgery Standards Program

Chair, Cancer Surgery Standards Program
Matthew Katz, MD, FACS

Vice-Chair, Cancer Surgery Standards Program
Kelly Hunt, MD, FACS

Chair, CSSP Education Committee
Mediget Teshome, MD, FACS

Vice-Chair, CSSP Education Committee
Timothy Vreeland, MD, FACS

Chair, CSSP Content Development Committee
Tina Hieken, MD, FACS

Vice-Chair, CSSP Content Development Committee
Will Burns, MD, FACS

Chair, CSSP Implementation & Integration Committee
Arden Morris, MD, FACS

Vice-Chair, CSSP Implementation & Integration Committee
Kristan Staudenmeyer, MD, FACS

ACS Cancer Programs Welcome New Members

The American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs is pleased to announce the appointment of the following new members to each program. Congratulations and welcome new members. We look forward to working with you.

Commission on Cancer

New members representing the American College of Surgeons Fellowship
Carlo Contreras, MD, FACS
Christopher Fundakowski, MD, FACS
Sabha Ganai, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS
Jane Mendez, MD, FACS
Patricio Polanco, MD, FACS
M. Minhaj Siddiqui, MD, FACS
Anthony Yang, MD, MS, FACS

New members representing member organizations
Mark Basik, MD – National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project
Mehra Golshan, MD, MBA, FACS – American Society of Breast Surgeons
Joseph Hardman, MD, MBA – American Hospital Association
Gerald Harmon, MD – American Medical Association
Karen Hoffman, MD, MHSc, MPH – American Society for Radiation Oncology
Sandra Kurtin, PhD, ANP-C, AOCN – Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology
Sam Lin, MD, FACS – American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Chris Porter, MD, FACS – American Urological Association
Michael Walsh, MD, FAAP, FACMG – American College of Medical Genetics

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

New members representing member organizations
Wendy Austin, RN, MS, AOCN, NEA-BC, FACHE – Association of Cancer Executives
Christoph Lee, MD – American College of Radiology Imaging Network
Timothy Mullett, MD, FACS – American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
Lauren Teras, PhD – American Cancer Society

American Joint Committee on Cancer

New members representing member organizations
Stephanie Hill, MPH, CTR – North American Association of Central Cancer Registries
Jodi Maranchie, MD, FACS – American Urological Association
Arden Morris, MD, FACS – American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Vonetta Williams, CTR – National Cancer Registrars Association
Ira Winer, MD, PhD, FACOG – Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Cancer Surgery Standards Program

New members appointed to the Cancer Surgery Standards Program Committees
Dan Abbott, MD, FACS
Lexy Adams, MD
Mike Archer, MD
Elliot Asare, MD
Auriel August, MD
Sanjay Bagaria, MD, FACS
Christina Bailey, MD, FACS
Ken Cardona, MD, FACS
Michael Cassidy, MD, FACS
David Dietz, MD, FACS
Oluwadamilola “Lola” Fayanju, MD, FACS
Emmanuel Gabriel, MD, FACS
Matthew Hernandez, MD
Sara Holton, CTR
Will Kethman, MD
Lyndsey Kilgore, MD
Anthony Kim, MD, FACS
Anai Kothari, MD
Christine Laronga, MD, FACS
Andrew Loehrer, MD, FACS
Nicole Lopez, MD
Linda Martin, MD, FACS
Ryan Merkow, MD, FACS
Craig Messick, MD, FACS
Makesha Miggins, MD, FACS
John Monson, MD, FACS
Dan Nelson, DO, FACS
Elliot Newman, MD, FACS
Lisa Newman, MD, FACS
Terry Nickerson, MD, FACS
Peter Peng, MD, FACS
Sangeetha Prabhakaran, MD, FACS
Chantal Reyna, MD, FACS
Christina Roland, MD, FACS
Eugene Rubach, MD, FACS
Terry Sarantou, MD, FACS
Virginia Shaffer, MD, FACS
Puneet Singh, MD
Joseph Skitzki, MD, FACS
Jacqui Soegaard, MD
Joshua Sommovilla, MD
Larissa Temple, MD, FACS
Madeline Torres, MD
Hop Tran Cao, MD, FACS
Anthony Villano, MD
Nadine Walker, CTR
Tracy Wang, MD, FACS
Sandra Wong, MD, FACS
Lee Wilke, MD, FACS
Shruti Zaveri, MD
Martin Zielinski, MD, FACS

New members representing member organizations
Paul Baron, MD, FACS – National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
Judy Boughey, MD, FACS – American College of Surgeons Cancer Research Program
Jeffrey Gershenwald, MD, FACS – American Joint Committee on Cancer
Mehra Golshan, MD, MBA, FACS – National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
Tina Hieken, MD, FACS – Society of Surgical Oncology
Christine Laronga, MD, FACS – Society of Surgical Oncology
Joseph Khoury, MD – College of American Pathologists
Scott Kurtzman, MD, FACS – National Accreditation Programs for Breast Centers
Timothy Mullett, MD, FACS – Commission on Cancer
Terry Sarantou, MD, FACS – American Society of Breast Surgeons
Larissa Temple, MD, FACS – American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Nadine Walker, CTR – National Cancer Registrars Association
Steven Wexner, MD, FACS – National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer
Lee Wilke, MD, FACS – National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
Sandra Wong, MD, FACS – Society of Surgical Oncology

ACS Cancer Programs Thank Departing Members

The American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs recognize the following individuals who have completed their program terms and thank them for their participation, dedication, and contributions to the work of the Cancer Programs.

Commission on Cancer

Members representing the American College of Surgeons Fellowship
Waddah Al-Refaie, MBBCh, FACS
Peter Hopewood, MD, FACS
Maureen Killackey, MD, FACS
David Larson, MD, FASCRS, FACS
Daniel McKellar, MD, FACS
John Monson, MB, BCH, FACS

Members representing member organizations
Daniel Barocas, MD, MPH, FACS – American Urological Association
Carol Hahn, MD – American Society for Radiation Oncology
Peter Hetzler, MD, FACS – American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Marshall Hicks, MD – American Hospital Association
Thomas Julian, MD, FACS – National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project
Barbara McAneny, MD, FACP, FCEO, FASCO – American Medical Association
Janice Zunich, MD, FAAP, FFACMG – American College of Medical Genetics

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

Members representing member organizations
James Connolly, MD – College of American Pathologists
Theresa Heckel, MBA – Association of Cancer Executives
Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD – American Cancer Society
Robert Rosenberg, MD – American College of Radiology Imaging Network
Jean Wright, MD – American Society for Radiation Oncology

American Joint Committee on Cancer

Members representing member organizations
George Chang, MD, FACS – American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Johnathan Cosin, MD, FACOG, FACS – Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Michael Koch, MD, FACS – American Urological Association
Judd Moul, MD, FACS – Member-at-large
Frances Ross, CTR – North American Association of Central Cancer Registries
Theresa Vallerand, CTR – National Cancer Registrars Association

Update on In-Person CoC, NAPBC, and NAPRC Site Visits

Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases across the country,  the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has made the decision that the ACS Quality Programs will not be conducting in-person site visits until further notice. This is effective immediately and includes the Commission on Cancer (CoC), National Accreditation for Breast Centers (NAPBC), and National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC).

If you currently have a site visit that is scheduled to take place in person, your site reviewer will be communicating with you to convert it to a virtual visit. Virtual site visit plans and a helpful webinar are available on  CoC Datalinks and in the Resources section of the Quality Portal for NAPBC and NAPRC programs.

CoC Pre-Review Questionnaire Available

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) has released the new CoC Pre-Review Questionnaire (PRQ), the application that supports documentation of standards compliance for the 2020 standards. The PRQ replaces the Survey Application Record (SAR) and is now available to programs due for a site visit in 2022. It is located on the CoC Datalinks activity menu under the Accreditation Management section.

Cancer programs due in 2022 should utilize this PRQ as a temporary record keeping tool to document compliance with the 2020 standards for cancer program activity in 2020 and 2021. A final version of the PRQ will be released in the new American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality Portal (QPort) in mid-2021, which will be required for use for 2022 site visits. Please note that information entered into the Datalinks PRQ will not be transferred to the QPort PRQ.

For those programs not due for a site visit in 2022, we have posted a PDF version of the new PRQ on the CoC Datalinks activity menu under the Accreditation Management section, so that programs can see what type of information will be collected to document compliance with the 2020 standards.

We also would like to remind you about the availability of the folder structure and templates, available in CoC Datalinks, to assist you with tracking standards compliance between site visits. The templates and folder structure, released as a tutorial and folder set-up links in the Standards Resource Library (SRL) under the General Resource section in CoC Datalinks, will help keep your information centralized until the QPort PRQ is released.

Standard 4.2 Oncology Nursing FAQs Updated

Two updates were made to the Oncology Nursing Credentials Frequently Asked Questions resource:

  • The AONN+ Oncology Nurse Navigator-Certified Generalist (ONN-CG) meets the certification requirement under Standard 4.2.
  • Clarification was added regarding the expectations for dedicated cancer hospitals.

The Standard 4.2 FAQs may be accessed on the CoC website and in the Standards Resource Library.

CoC Honors Two State Chairs for Outstanding Performance

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) recognized two State Chairs for their outstanding performance in 2019: Quyen Chu, MD, FACS, Louisiana State Chair and CoC Committee on Cancer Liaison Vice-Chair; and James McCormick, DO, FACS, Pennsylvania State Chair.

The State Chair Outstanding Performance Award recognizes individuals who exhibit outstanding leadership and innovation, and who make significant contributions to the improvement of cancer care in his or her state or region. As State Chairs, they are responsible for supporting CoC-accredited cancer programs in their state, communicating with the Cancer Liaison Physician champions serving in those programs, and collaborating with partners such as the American College of Surgeons Chapters, American Cancer Society regional staff, and the state Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition.

The winners of this year’s award were recognized virtually at the State Chair Town Hall meeting on October 22.

Cancer Informatics Journal Club Explores EHRs

Would it surprise you to know that the Electronic Health Record (EHR) was scored with an “F” for usability, and was found to contribute to clinical provider burnout? Probably not. The timely and important article by Edward Melnick, MD, MHS, and associates entitled, The association between perceived electronic health record usability and professional burnout among US physicians, Mayo Clin Proc. 2020;95(3):476-487, was the topic of the second meeting of the Cancer Informatics Journal Club.

Attendees generally agreed that the current versions of the EHRs have not been optimized with clinical practice efficiency and clinician satisfaction in mind, but rather were designed for incorporation of billing and payer purposes. Participants acknowledged that other products listed in the article, such as Google’s search engine, ATMs, Amazon, GPS devices, etc., have had more time to operationalize enhancements, and that the information architecture required for managing dollars and cents are likely simpler than what is required for current medicine. Following robust dialogue, the group proposed that the next journal club might best focus on a framework for considering solutions to these issues, and agreed that health care workers must step up and be part of developing workable solutions moving ahead.

For the November 16, 2020 Cancer Informatics Journal Club meeting (6 pm CT), we plan to discuss the following paper from the National Academy of Medicine and will invite one of the authors to join us as a guest speaker.

Care-Centered Clinical Documentation in the Digital Environment: Solutions to Alleviate Burnout. Alexander K. Ommaya, DSc, MA, Association of American Medical Colleges; Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, American Nurses Association; David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, American College of Surgeons; Keith A Horvath, MD, Association of American Medical Colleges; Paul Tang, MD, MS, IBM Watson Health; Harold L. Paz, MD, MS, Aetna; Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, FACOG, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Susan T. Hingle, MD, American College of Physicians; Sam Butler, MD, Epic; Christine A. Sinsky, MD, American Medical Association.

Please see the link to the discussion paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. https://doi.org/10.31478/201801c; January 29, 2018.

More details to follow from the Cancer Informatics Journal Club leadership.

ACS CRP Articles Featured in October Bulletin

Two articles written by authors from the American College of Surgeons Cancer Research Program (ACS CRP) were featured in this month’s issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons:

New trial aims to settle debate on the intensity of pancreatic cyst surveillance
Significant differences in the two major existing consensus guidelines (the Sendai/Fukuoka guidelines and the American Gastroenterological Association guidelines) have led to variations in clinical practice for the management of pancreatic cystic neoplasms. The ECOG-ACRIN 2185 trial (Comparing the Clinical Impact of Pancreatic Cyst Surveillance Programs), which is currently accruing, seeks to compare low-intensity surveillance to high-intensity surveillance based on these differing recommendations.

ALLIANCE A021806 examines perioperative vs adjuvant chemotherapy for resectable pancreatic cancer
Surgical outcomes and systemic therapy for pancreatic adenocarcinoma have significantly improved over the last decade, increasing the number of patients with borderline resectable and locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma who are able to have their cancer surgically resected with negative margins. This feature article describes advances in neoadjuvant therapy for resectable pancreatic cancer, summarizes comparative study data to determine the utility of delivering perioperative chemotherapy, and identifies the ALLIANCE A021806 trial (A phase III trial of perioperative versus adjuvant chemotherapy for resectable pancreatic cancer) which could transform the standard of care for patients with resectable PDAC.