The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) encourages, hospitals, treatment centers, individual physician practices, and other facilities committed to breast health care to improve the quality of care available at their centers through various breast-related programs. These programs are concerned with prevention, early detection, diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care. The availability of a full range of medical services, along with a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care, ensures the provision of continuity of care for women with diseases of the breast.
NAPBC-accredited centers demonstrate the following services:
- A multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best care and treatment options available
- Access to breast cancer-related information, education, and support
- Breast cancer data collection on quality indicators for all subspecialties involved in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
- Information about clinical trials and new treatment options
Accreditation by the NAPBC is granted only to those centers that are voluntarily committed to providing the best possible care to patients with diseases of the breast. Each breast center must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with NAPBC standards. To maintain accreditation, centers must monitor compliance with NAPBC standards to assure quality care, and undergo an on-site review every three years. The NAPBC application fee is $6,500 (as of October 1, 2014). You may identify any satellite centers that may be affiliated with your breast program during the application process. A $3,250 fee for each satellite will be assessed and these satellite centers will be surveyed in conjunction with your scheduled survey visit (a separate application is not required for these centers). This fee will be invoiced following receipt of a completed application and will be payable prior to survey.
To facilitate a thorough and accurate evaluation of the breast center, the center completes or updates the online Survey Application Record (SAR) two weeks (14 days) prior to the scheduled on-site visit. The Breast Program Leadership (BPL) is notified when the SAR is available for completion. Completion of the SAR should be a team effort of members of BPL, with one individual chosen to coordinate the activity and complete the SAR.
In addition to capturing information about breast center activity, the individual(s) responsible for completing portions of the SAR will perform a self-assessment and rate compliance with each standard using the rating system provided.
For more detailed information outlining the application process, please refer to the NAPBC Standards Manual under The Survey Process. For more detailed information outlining the application process, please refer to the NAPBC Standards Manual.
How to Apply
To begin the application process, simply follow the link to the electronic NAPBC Application.
For centers already approved for survey, please follow the link below to continue in the process of completing your Survey Application Record.