The demand for quality, patient-centered care is growing throughout the country. As more people are living with cancer, it is increasingly clear that the responsibility for such care extends beyond cancer centers and into communities and the home. Central to this challenge are the Commission on Cancer and the comprehensive cancer control coalitions.
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) recently released new accreditation standards in order to ensure that key elements of quality cancer care are provided to every person treated in a CoC-accredited facility. These new standards challenge cancer programs to address patient-centered needs and measure the quality of the care they deliver against national standards. Because the new standards require accredited programs to work with communities to assess and address barriers to access and cancer care, they provide an opportunity for cancer coalitions to be more involved in ensuring the delivery of quality care.
Connie Bura, Administrative Director for Cancer Program at the Commission on Cancer and Dr. Teresa Ponn, from the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Collaboration, will outline the evidence for and details of the new patient-centered standards and include strategies to link the patient-centered standards and their implementation at the community level with the objectives of the comprehensive cancer control plans.
Join us as we explore this important topic about new guidelines and the broader implications and challenges of implementing patient-centered cancer care.