1 1/3/2015 THE IMPACT OF NATIONAL MANDATES FOR ONCOLOGY REHABILITATION ON THE PROFESSION Charles McGarvey, PT, MS, DPT, FAPTA Nicole L. Stout DPT, CLT-LANA Lisa VanHoose, PT, PhD, CLT-LANA Disclosure No relevant financial relationship exists for the speakers related to the content in this course Academic and professional affiliations will be included in the subsection title pages APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2015 Indianapolis, IN Course Objectives 1. Discuss the current climate of policies and initiatives related to oncology rehabilitation. 2. Describe the alliance and joint programming between APTA, the Oncology Section, and the Commission on Cancer. 3. Identify the criteria outlined by CARF for Cancer Rehabilitation Specialty Programs. 4. Review the eligibility criteria for rehabilitation services as defined by the Commission on Cancer accreditation program. THE IMPACT OF NATIONAL MANDATES FOR ONCOLOGY REHABILITATION ON THE PROFESSION Nicole L. Stout DPT, CLT-LANA Damascus, MD APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2015 Indianapolis, IN Course Objectives Cancer Rehabilitation is different 1. Discuss the current climate of policies and initiatives related to oncology rehabilitation. 2. Describe the alliance and joint programming between APTA, the Oncology Section, and the Commission on Cancer. 3. Identify the criteria outlined by CARF for Cancer Rehabilitation Specialty Programs. Globally unique Multi-system involvement Short term and late effects Dynamic disease and treatment process High rehabilitation impact potential Population incidence rates Survivorship is increasing Functional morbidity remains significant Morbidity incurred is amenable to rehabilitation interventions 1
2 1/3/2015 Cancer Rehabilitation Needs Policy Matters to Cancer Rehabilitation Rehabilitation delivery system designed around the cancer continuum Pathways for specialty workforce development Practice Guidelines Standardized clinical measurement tools Screening tools Outcomes measurement tools Research funding mechanisms Payment models that are aligned with the continuum of care Multiple levels of impact on clinical practice, payment and regulatory aspects of care National reports: Institute of Medicine, AHRQ cancer survivorship Accreditation standards: Commission on Cancer, CARF Professional association initiatives: ASCO guidelines, Oncology Section of APTA Specialization, ACRM, NCCN guidelines Regulatory initiatives: CMS functional limitation reporting, Meaningful use criteria, NIH funding Environmental Analysis Policy Drivers Institute of Medicine (IOM) Reports Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) technical report Themes: Deficits in cancer care and recommended solutions Patient engagement, patient centered care Need for quality indicators and outcomes measurement Suggestions for standards in clinical workflow and workforce skills National Reports Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2005 From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition Describes the needs of cancer patients post treatment and deficits that exist in managing care Heavy emphasis on identification of late effects Started the survivorship movement Lost-in-Transition.aspx National Reports Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2013 Delivering Affordable Cancer Care in the 21 st Century Dissemination of recommendations towards improving affordability and quality of cancer care. Novel models of care delivery; medical centered home, bundled payment models Quality indicators National Reports Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2013 Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis Advocates for patient-centered care Workforce recommendations- training and coordinated care efforts Charting-a-New-Course-for-a-System-in-Crisis.aspx 2
3 1/3/2015 National Reports AHRQ 2013 Models of Survivorship Care: Technical Brief Survivorship care is highly-specific to the institution and usual care does not exist Concerns raised regarding Payment for care Adequacy of training of health care providers Greater rather than less fragmented care Environmental Analysis Accreditation Drivers CARF Cancer Specialty Program Standards released in 2014 Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Standards developed for rehabilitation requirements, deployed 2012, mandated for 2015 Themes: Patient engagement, patient centered care Need for quality indicators and outcomes measurement Movement towards standardized, evidence-based clinical practice Suggestions for standards in clinical workflow and workforce skills Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International Standards Advisory Board (2013) Criteria for CARF accredited Cancer Rehabilitation Programs. The cancer rehabilitation specialty program focuses on strategies to optimize outcomes from the time of diagnosis through the trajectory of cancer in an effort to prevent or minimize the impact of impairments, reduce activity limitations, and maximize participation for the persons served. 35 Standards for programs to meet for accreditation Roll out in 2014 Description of Cancer Rehabilitation Specialty Program Personnel demonstrate competencies and application of evidence based practices to deliver services that address: Preventive Restorative Supportive Palliative rehabilitation needs Description of Cancer Rehabilitation Specialty Program Integral component of quality cancer care Focuses on optimizing outcomes from time of diagnosis through the trajectory of cancer in an effort to: Prevent or minimize the impact of impairments Reduce activity limitations Maximize participation For more information: Chris MacDonell Medical Rehabilitation Director 3
4 1/3/2015 Environmental Analysis Dietz Model care delivery framework Professional Association Initiatives Delivery of care models APTA, ACS, STAR, MOG, LAF Practice guidelines ASCO, NCCN, ONS Survivorship care plans - LAF Themes: Evidence for impairment management Screening for impairments throughout treatment and survivorship Streamlined, interdisciplinary care Need to develop workforce Lack of global outcomes measure Lack of screening tools for common late effects Preventive Rehabilitation Supportive Rehabilitation Restorative Rehabilitation Palliative Rehabilitation Cancer Rehabilitation Model Across the Care Continuum Pre-Operative Rehab Assessment Cancer Treatment Early Post-Operative Rehab Cancer Survivorship Ongoing Surveillance and Continued Interval Rehab Professional Association Initiatives APTA Novel Models of Care for ACOs Prospective Surveillance Model for Cancer Rehabilitation Based on PSM research in breast cancer Identifies an optimal role for PT along the cancer continuum: from Diagnosis through Survivorship Adapted from Stout et al, Cancer, 2012 Referral to/initiation of Rehabilitation More on Prospective Surveillance APTA Video series on Emerging Models of Care American Cancer Society Supplement to Cancer April 6, 2012 A Prospective Surveillance Model for Rehabilitation for Women with Breast Cancer. 4
5 1/3/2015 Integrated Models of Care The Oncology Rehab Partners STAR Program Certification (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) training, protocols and tools needed to deliver evidence-based cancer exercise and rehabilitation services. There are over 140 programs certified nationwide at over 400 facilities The Medically Oriented Gym (MOG) specialty care programs for cancer survivors with exercise and physical activity engagement protocols using an interdisciplinary model of care, to create individualized fitness and wellness guidance in a community-based setting. The MOG cancer exercise programs are staffed with cancer exercise specialists and are located across 10 states in the US LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. Targets exercise and physical activity interventions For more information: Actions/Programs-Partnerships/LIVESTRONG-atthe-YMCA Professional Association Initiatives - Workforce Why Oncology Specialization? Oncology Section of APTA Specialization Goal of the initiative: Achieve ABPTS recognition as an area of PT specialty practice Description of Advanced Practice Knowledge areas Ex: Histology and pathology of disease, medical interventions, physiology, hematology, blood chemistry Professional roles, responsibilities and values Ex: EBP, consultant role, professional org. participation Practice expectations for the clinical specialist Ex: tests and measures, communication, specialized interventions Goal: Provide a specialty care provider who is dedicated to the special needs of this population GOAL: Create and perpetuate a workforce of PT s who are specialists in this domain and participate in development of the field through practice, education and research Professional Association Initiatives- Workforce American College of Sports Medicine- Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET) Certified over 170 professional in the United States. Designs and administers fitness assessments and exercise programs specific to a client's cancer diagnosis, treatment and current recovery status. A wide array of health care professionals may qualify to take the certification program as well as athletic trainers and other certified ACSM fitness providers. GOAL: Provide a basic level of cancer-related knowledge to an exercise professional to enable a better understanding of the impact of cancer treatment side effects on an exercise program linelocator_process.cfm Professional Association Initiatives Practice Guidelines American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Depression and Anxiety Fatigue Chemotherapy-induced neuropathy National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Fatigue guidelines Survivorship guidelines American Cancer Society Nutrition and physical activity guidelines American College of Sports Medicine Exercise guidelines for the cancer survivor 5
6 1/3/2015 Professional Association Initiatives Interdisciplinary practice and research National Institutes of Health: Initiative in Cancer Rehabilitation American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group Stood up in 2013 Over 150 members from 6 countries Focus on collaboration for research and practice Continuous track cancer rehabilitation programming in 2014 with over 14 lectures October 2015 Dallas Texas Lead by the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the Clinical Center with collaboration of National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Subject Matter Expert interdisciplinary consortium has been created Nationally recognized experts in practice and research both internal and external to NIH National Institutes of Health: Initiative in Cancer Rehabilitation 4 working groups have been created from the SME group 1: Rehabilitation Clinical Models for Cancer Care 2: Screening for impairment and toxicity that impact function across the continuum 3: Functional outcomes measures 4: Interdisciplinary integration of rehabilitation and shared decision making National Institutes of Health: Initiative in Cancer Rehabilitation Highlight practice models and evidence for models in various settings of care Identify common elements of care models, including intervention and education Identify deficits in research and challenges regarding practical elements of implementation Highlight examples of existing practice models at institutions and identify common elements that could be recognized as foundational to cancer rehab programs Subject Matter Expert Consortium Dr. Andrea Cheville MD Mayo Clinic Rochester Dr. Michael Stubblefield MD Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Dr. Julie Silver MD Harvard Medical School Dr. Vishwa Raj MD Carolinas HealthCare System Dr. Lynn Gerber MD George Mason University Dr. G. Steve Morris PT, PhD Wingate University Dr. Kiri Ness PT, PhD St Jude Children s Research Hospital Dr. Laura Gilchrist PT, PhD St. Catherine University Dr. Tim Wolf OT, PhD Washington University St. Louis Brad Braveman OT MD Anderson Cancer Center Dr. Mary Radomski OT, PhD Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Center Dr. Lee Jones PhD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Dr. Kerri Winters-Stone PhD Oregon Health and Science University National Institutes of Health: Initiative in Cancer Rehabilitation National Survey of Cancer Rehabilitation practice will be conducted in collaboration with ACRM Dissemination of Findings: NIH/RMD Cancer Rehabilitation Symposium; June 2015 Publication(s) of findings Collaboration with national associations Seek inter-institute collaborations in cancer rehabilitation initiatives to promote extra-mural funding vehicles 6
7 1/3/2015 NIH Initiative in Cancer Rehabilitation SAVE THE DATE June 8-9, 2015 Natcher Auditorium, NIH Campus Bethesda, MD FREE to attendees Environmental Analysis Research Measurement of outcomes Quality indicators Value of services Themes: No standardized screening tools exist Outcomes are measured in disparate ways using a variety of disparate tools Clinically meaningful thresholds are unknown to gauge quality of care What is the value proposition of cancer rehab? What is our Value Proposition? Adapted from Jewell et al. PTJ 2013 Policy Development and Implementation Cost Effectiveness Identification of Best Practices Value Based Health Care Provider Adoption of Best Practices Measurement of Provider Performance Value Proposition Road Map: Identification of Best Practices Move from here Creation of Best Practice Guidelines Identifying clinical models of care for intervention RCT s or cohort studies to here Promote high value, effective care delivery models Community-based/Homebased assessment tools Education models towards early identification and risk reduction Best practice condition management Data contributions to national registry for population data Use of valid outcomes measures Value Proposition Road Map: Adoption of Best Practices Value Proposition Road Map: Provider Performance Measurement Move from here to here Move from here to here Defining a standard of care Promulgating equivalency studies of treatment techniques Documenting clinical judgment Generating translational research evidence Comparative effectiveness studies Defining a level of education for providers Concern only with our episode of care Participate in quality reporting mandates Adoption of Health IT Actively promote specialization standards in clinical practice Assess outcomes measures for their ability to distinguish quality between providers Understand how outcomes impact the totality of and individuals health 7
8 1/3/2015 Value Proposition Road Map: Cost Effectiveness Value Proposition Road Map: Policy Development Move from here to here Move from here to here Capturing direct costs Cost comparisons Identify meaningful outcomes and analyze the relationship between outcomes and cost Generate rehabilitationcentric cost effectiveness evidence Reacting to policy changes Provide data that drives change in policy Advocate as an individual using tools from your professional association Integrate cancer rehabilitation professionals on regulatory advisory boards What is our Value Proposition? To improve access to quality services and lower costs while requiring greater accountability on the part of all stakeholders within the health care system to provide cancer patients with optimal rehabilitation services. - Stakeholder accountability to implement best practices - Reducing variation in practice - Improving the patient experience - Reducing total cost - Improving the health of the population Questions? Thank You! THE IMPACT OF NATIONAL MANDATES FOR ONCOLOGY REHABILITATION ON THE PROFESSION Charles McGarvey, PT, MS, DPT, FAPTA Rockville, MD APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2015 Indianapolis, IN 8
9 1/3/2015 Course Objectives 1. Discuss the current climate of policies and initiatives related to oncology rehabilitation. 2. Describe the alliance and joint programming between APTA, the Oncology Section, and the Commission on Cancer. 4. Review the eligibility criteria for rehabilitation services as defined by the Commission on Cancer accreditation program. 9
10 Commission on Cancer Charles L. McGarvey PT MS DPT FAPTA APTA and Oncology Section Representative Commission on Cancer (CoC)
11 Chronology of Association December, 2012, Dr. Lisa VanHoose, President of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) contacted Dr. Charles L. McGarvey regarding his interest/consent to be considered as a nominee to serve as a representative of the APTA to the CoC. Dr. McGarvey consented to serve and the nomination was forwarded to the APTA. On April 1, 2013, Dr. Paul Rockar, President of the APTA informed Dr. Charles L. McGarvey that he had been selected to serve as the APTA s nominee member organization representative to the CoC. Dr. McGarvey was informed on April 12, 2013 by the CoC of his election to serve as the APTA representative for a 3 year term effective 4/01/ /01/2016. Dr. David P. Winchester MD FACS, Medical Director, Cancer Programs, American College of Surgeons (ACS) was identified as Dr. McGarvey s mentor. Dr. McGarvey was appointed to serve on the CoC Accreditation Committee. The first meeting attended by Dr. McGarvey was the CoC Spring Meeting 2013
12 Presentation Objectives Overview the purpose, objectives and structure of the CoC Describe the purpose and goals of the CoC. Provide a high-level overview of current CoC initiatives Identify future opportunities for APTA and Oncology Section
13 Commission on Cancer Mission The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
14 CoC Objectives Establish standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in healthcare settings. Conduct surveys in healthcare settings to assess compliance with those standards. Collect standardized, high quality data from CoC-accredited healthcare settings to measure cancer care quality. Use data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities. Develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, care delivery, and outcomes in healthcare settings.
15 Commission on Cancer Membership 54 professional organization representatives Surgeons Radiologists/Oncologists Medical Oncologists Pathologists Cancer Registrars Hospice & Palliative Care Patient Advocacy Groups Nurses Social Workers Administrators Nutritionists Surveillance Government Genetics
16 CoC Structure College National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers Cancer Programs American Joint Committee on Cancer Commission on Cancer Executive Committee Nominating Committee Standing Committees Quality Integration Cancer Liaison Initiatives Member Organization Steering Accreditation Advocacy Education Scientific Review Subcommittee Site-Specific Quality Measure Workgroups Program Review Subcommittee Field Staff Subcommittee Constituency Education Subcommittee Clinical Congress Topics Subcommittee Survival Workgroup Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee Speaker Recruitment Subcommittee 11/15/13
17 Accreditation Committee Chair Linda Ferris, PhD Staff Liaison Allison Knutson Establishes and reviews standards for quality cancer program management, services, and delivery of care Oversees accreditation surveys of cancer programs to assess and verify compliance with standards Promotes accreditation and recruitment of new cancer programs Oversees three subcommittees and one workgroup
18 New Accreditation Programs Oncology Medical Home Accreditation - First draft of Standards manual completed - Pilot surveys of 7 sites in 1 st quarter of 2015 Expansion of Pediatric Accreditation - Pediatric specific standards - Pediatric quality measures International accreditation - NAPBC has done their first international accreditation surveys - Significant interest in CoC accreditation in several countries Rectal Cancer accreditation program - Standards being developed - Will require CoC accreditation from participating facilities
19 Other Accreditation Committee Initiatives Standardized process to update standards each year Clarification and education to programs on Chapter 3 - -Continuum of Care Standards - ACS Webinars - Special CoC source articles
20 CoC-Accredited Cancer Programs Approximately 1500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in US and Puerto Rico 7
21 Demonstrates commitment to high quality cancer care. Benefits of CoC Accreditation Improved patient outcomes across all domains of cancer care. Dedicated resources to provide the screening, prevention treatment and support services. Use of NCDB applications to serve as the basis for quality improvement. Improved transparency and accountability.
22 What is the NCDB? A nationwide cancer treatment and outcomes database Represents patients treated at more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs Collects over a million new cancer cases annually Represents 71% of total cases in U.S. Data used to explore patterns and trends in cancer care and quality improvement opportunities Jointly supported by CoC and ACS
23 How Does NCDB Collect Its Data? From all CoC accredited hospital registries Analytic cases: diagnosed, first course treatment in facility Record care given elsewhere, annual follow-up Annual submission in January Diagnosis year that ended full year prior (in January 2014, will collect 2012 diagnoses for the first time) From program s Reference Date forward, all newlyabstracted and updated cases Secure online transmission, automated processing
24 National Cancer Data Base Activities Maintain CoC Data Reporting Requirements FORDS Manual Generate annual Call for Data from CoC-accredited cancer programs Provide access to Participant User Files (PUFs) Maintain reporting and quality improvement tools for use by CoC-accredited cancer programs Hospital Comparison Benchmark Reports Survival Reports Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports (CP 3 R) Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) Conduct special studies and participate in collaborative research efforts Publish numerous research papers
25 National Cancer Data Base Hospital Comparison Benchmark Reports Survival Reports Cancer Program Practice Profile Reports (CP 3 R) Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) CQIP Tools and Resources 16
26 Rapid Quality Reporting System Promotes & facilitates evidence-based cancer care at CoCaccredited cancer programs in real clinical time Immediate case ascertainment Case tracking Ongoing reporting of quality metrics Integration with survivorship plans and patient reported data Includes National Quality Forum-endorsed accountability and quality measures 3 are for breast cancer, 2 colon cancer measures, and 1 surveillance measures - rectal Planned expansion with additional QI measures for other cancer sites
27 Quality Integration Priorities NCDB Reporting Tools Updated with 2011 data Moving to common interface/look and feel in 2013 Modernizing Facility Oncology Registry Data Standards (FORDS) Over a decade old Review of data items is due Harmonization of quality measures with other professional societies.
28 Quality Integration Priorities New measures to be introduced into CP 3 R and RQRS 4 Non-small cell lung, 2 gastric, 1 esophageal, 1 revision of the rectal measure. Need to move to other sites and other types of measures Patient experience Quality of life Cost Continuation of the Cancer Quality Improvement Report (CQIP) with other disease sites highlighted.
29 Quality Integration Priorities Participant Use File (PUF) >200 applications received in 2014 New policies and procedures developed for PUF s New round of applications open to all accredited programs in 2015 (may expand to biannual applications)
30 Current Commission on Cancer Initiatives Expand current and develop new Accreditation Programs Pediatrics Oncology Medical Home International Accreditation Rectal Cancer Accreditation Program Expand quality tools and measures Increase utilization of RQRS Public reporting of outcomes Expand collaboration with Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
31 EXPANSION OF THE USE OF THE RAPID QUALITY REPORTING SYSTEM (RQRS) The future of cancer reporting New commendation standard for programs enrolling in RQRS Over 1000 cancer programs now enrolled
32 Public Reporting / Transparency Central to quality care Consumers, payers, and regulators deserve and want transparency Affordable Care Act requires public reporting New commendation standard added for public reporting Exploring public reporting strategies Pilot project with Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance
33 Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Merger of CALGB, NCCTG and ACOSOG American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program(ACSCRP) Mission To reduce the impact of cancer by Engaging a broad oncology community in cancer clinical trials Reducing the time from trials reporting to practice implementation Developing best cancer practices and standardize cancer practices Creating novel programs of research in comparative effectiveness and emerging technologies Two PCORI Grants received to perform special studies with COC examining post-treatment surveillance in breast and colon cancer
34 Challenges Facing the CoC Support for accredited programs CQIP; quality measures; best practices Program recruitment and retention Provide good customer service to our programs Address concerns of stakeholders Need for transparency and reporting biggest issue Meaningful quality measures Enhance perception of public/payers/regulatory organizations of the value of accreditation
35 Meetings and Communications 2015 Meetings CoC Committees and State Chair Meetings May 7 9 American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL Committee conference calls quarterly or as needed CoC Annual Meeting and Cancer Liaison Physicians Meeting October 3 4 during the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Chicago, IL Communications CoC Source newsletter distributed last day of each month CoC Member Updates Website
36 CoC Web site -
37 Potential Opportunities for the APTA and Oncology Section of the APTA: 1.) Webinair: Within the next 3 years, the APTA will have the opportunity to introduce and showcase the role of physical therapy in the assessment and treatment of patients with cancer. 2.) Cancer Care Initiatives: Each member organization is requested to participate in a survey which describes its mission goals and accomplishments. Done 3.) Article for the CoC newsletter: Member organizations are offered the opportunity to provide an article for the CoC newsletter which is sent out on-line to all (1500+) CoC accredited and participating organizations. 4.) CoC exhibition at professional conference: The CoC has resources to exhibit at professional conferences (i.e. Combined Sections and/or Annual Meetings) 5.) Press Release: The CoC has materials and resources in place to assist in any press releases as appropriate.
38 Potential Opportunities for the APTA and Oncology Section of the APTA: 6.) Platform and Poster presentation at CoC Spring meeting (2015 or 2016): Member organization are encouraged to present platform and poster presentations at the Spring CoC meeting. Done 7.) Cancer Quality Improvement Program (CQIP): Opportunity to identify clinical outcomes related to functional metrics which could be objectively measured and documented for accreditation. 8.) Cancer Program Standards (Currently 2014: Standard 3.3 Survivorship Care Plan) Opportunity to identify clinical outcomes related to functional metrics which could be objectively measured and documented for accreditation. (See handout) 9.) Patient Portal for Survivors: Opportunity to respond to patient queries related to questions of cancer treatment and intervention from a rehabilitation need or perspective. 10.) Payer Relations: Identification of the value of physical therapy and rehabilitation in the assessment and intervention of patients with cancer.
39 Potential Opportunities for the APTA and Oncology Section of the APTA: 11.) Government Relations: Opportunity to participate with the CoC in lobbying efforts through the organization One Voice Against Cancer. Opportunity to provide information or participation in meetings with CMS/NCI/VA/FDA. 12.) Clinical Trials: Opportunity to participate in clinical trials to assess function and quality of life issues related to the treatment of cancer patients. 13.) National Cancer Data Base (NCDB): Opportunity to participate in request for proposals to access the NCDB to conduct retrospective analysis of data compiled by the CoC and ACS. Access to data compiled by various quality measurement systems including: Quality Integration, C-QIPS, National Quality Forum (NQF), Cancer Practice Program Profile Reports (CP3R) and Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS).
41 September 9, 2014 Accreditation Committee Clarifications for Standard 3.3 Survivorship Care Plan This is the second in a series of two communications that addresses clarifications made by the CoC Accreditation Committee for the phase in standards in Chapter 3 of Cancer Program Standards, 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care, v This communication addresses Standard 3.3 Survivorship Care Plan. In late summer of 2013, the CoC Member Organizations conducted a readiness survey that asked CoC-accredited programs to report their implementation activities for Standards 3.1 Patient Navigation process, 3.2 Distress Screening, and 3.3 Survivorship Care Plan. The published implementation date for Standard 3.3 is January 1, The survey results indicated that only 37 percent of responding cancer programs felt completely confident that their program would be able to implement Standard 3.3 by 2015; only 40 percent of respondents are addressing the entire Standard; of the 60 percent not addressing the entire standard help was needed in the following areas: information about how to evaluate survivorship care plan processes, tools that could be used for a comprehensive care plan and follow-up plan, additional information about what is required to successfully implement [the Standard], and recommendations for organizations that could help them implement the Standard. Furthermore, only 21 percent indicated that a survivorship care plan process has been developed. Finally, 63 percent believed that Standard 3.3 is the most difficult to implement, compared to Standard 3.1 and 3.2. The Accreditation Committee is providing additional clarifications to assist with comprehension of Standard 3.3 in order to meet compliance. 1. Who is a cancer survivor? The definition of survivor in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report, From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition, states that an individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of cancer diagnosis through the balance of his or her life, according to the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the NCI Office of Cancer Survivorship. Standard 3.3, though, is focused on the subset of survivors who are treated with curative intent, and have completed active therapy (other than long-term hormonal therapy). This includes patients with cancer from all disease sites. Patients with metastatic disease, though survivors by some definitions, are not targeted for delivery of comprehensive care summaries and follow-up plans under Standard What data elements are to be included in the treatment summary and survivorship care plan? The standard requires that the survivors be provided with a comprehensive care summary and follow-up plan that is clearly and effectively explained however, debate remains on what data fields should populate such a document.
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