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The Brief: January 9, 2020

ACS Cancer Programs Updates

Resources offered for implementation of CoC operative standards for accreditation

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is developing resources to assist programs with implementation of the six operative standards that were included in the 2020 CoC Standards (Standards 5.3 through 5.8). These materials are posted on a new website specifically focused on operative standards implementation. Current resources include a video detailing the background on the operative standards, materials from the operative standards discussion at the 2019 CoC Plenary Session, and PDFs of the relevant chapters from the Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery publications. A list of frequently asked questions related to the operative standards, compiled from feedback received during the CoC Plenary, CAnswer Forum and recent CoC Educational Summit, will be posted on the operative standards website in the next one to two months.

In addition, the CoC is developing and will be providing synoptic reporting templates and smart-phrases for use, including EMR integration. Additional tools and resources will be developed over the coming months and posted to the website as they are made available. CoC-accredited programs are encouraged to wait for the synoptic operative report templates and EMR solutions in development and not create their own. More information will be released in the coming months in The Brief and on the CoC and operative standards websites.

Submit abstracts for the 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has issued a call for abstracts to be presented at its 2020 Quality and Safety Conference, July 24–27 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 2, 2020.

Individuals at participating sites are encouraged to submit a 250-word abstract for poster and/or podium presentation. The abstract should relate to surgical quality improvement initiatives, including the development, implementation, or validation of best practices within one or more of the ACS Quality Programs. Submission categories for ACS Cancer Programs include the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Note that abstracts that have been submitted or recently presented at other meetings are eligible for presentation at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference. Previous presentation of a paper does not prohibit the presentation or publication of the material at the Quality and Safety Conference. Inquiries may be directed to or 312-202-5319.

ACS Cancer Programs offer career opportunities for CTRs

The American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs has two exciting career opportunities at its home office in Chicago, IL, for Certified Tumor Registrars (CTR) or CTR-eligible professionals with the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) and the National Cancer Database (NCDB).

For details, visit the American College of Surgeons website:

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online; however, if you have questions, please contact Cindy McWilliams, Talent Manager, at 312-202-5492 or

CoC News

CoC October meeting presentations now available online

Presentations from the October 27 Commission on Cancer (CoC) Plenary Session and State Chair Town Hall are now available on the CoC website . Topics included the CoC 2020 accreditation standards, upcoming changes to the National Cancer Database (NCDB) and new approaches to closing the quality gap in rural cancer care.


CoC phases out Annual Cancer Case Volume Report

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) has phased out the Annual Cancer Case Volume Report effective January 1, 2020. The information contained in this report is available in the National Cancer Database (NCDB) Hospital Comparison Benchmark Report located on the CoC Datalinks Activity Menu.