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Program Update for National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Accredited Centers

NAPBC

The continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has placed a great deal of stress on patients and breast centers. For this reason, the NAPBC has decided to temporarily suspend the requirement to deliver a survivorship care plan (SCP) to 50% of eligible patients for Standard 2.20: Breast Cancer Survivorship Care. Site visits that evaluate compliance for years 2020 and 2021 will still review all aspects of Standard 2.20, such as development of a survivorship care plan, and it is expected that the standard will be met as much as feasible. However, a non-compliant rating will not be given if SCPs are delivered to less than 50% of eligible patients seen during those years. Centers should endeavor to provide cancer patients access to resources and information either online or virtually even if they are unable to provide a SCP.

Centers that have current deficiencies in Standard 2.20 should submit documentation on what they were able to do for their patients during the pandemic period and resolution will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Centers are encouraged to utilize the COVID-19 Accreditation Tracker to document the impact of COVID-19 on all standard compliance. The tracker is available in the resources section of the Quality Portal. The NAPBC Clarifications, Reminders, and Frequently Asked Questions resource has been updated with the above information. Questions may be sent to NAPBC@facs.org.