Accreditation. Standards. Optimization.

Q & A Transcript

Q – We are part of a large healthcare system with multiple independent cancer centers. Can we pursue accreditation as an independent center or should I be thinking about this at a health system level?

A – This is something that your independent cancer centers’ cancer committees would all have to discuss on their own, and then have a joint meeting to make that decision. In an Integrated Network Program, all facilities designated as part of the network are responsible for complying with all the standards as a whole.

Q – Can a cancer center pursue either NAPBC or NAPRC certification without first being CoC accredited?

A – No, NAPBC and NAPRC are specialized accreditations that are built on a foundation of the CoC accreditation. So you have to first start with CoC accreditation before pursuing the other two.

Q – Does ERS charge more for these accreditation modules?

A – No, there is not a charge. These three accreditation modules are part of our abstract with no add on charge.

Q – There is a lot of discussion around cancer centers walking away from accreditation strategies because of cost and perceived benefit issues. Can you speak about what you are seeing across your customer base?

A – Yes, we have heard some discussion about centers that are moving away from CoC accreditation and not pursuing the others, but we haven’t really seen any numbers to back that up, particularly as it relates to our large clients with recognized organizations and healthcare systems. As highlighted in this presentation, there are many, many reasons for health systems to strive for higher levels of recognition and quality, particularly given the increasing competitiveness with facilities.

Q – How intensive is the process for collecting and collating the data required when applying for accreditation?

A – Your cancer registry is already collecting the vast majority of the data that you need. But with the addition of the data that I’ve been showing you with the supplemental screens in our Accreditation Maintenance screens, the registrar’s help in completing the data portions of your PRQ, that process should really be streamlined between the data they already collect, that’s mandated, and then these supplemental data fields. That’s really a big help. And frankly, this is a really big theme for us. Leveraging your organization’s cancer registry is a great way to minimize some of your pain and spend in collating this information. Our more advanced customers are working hard at automating the ingestion of the various necessary data points.

Q – What are the current trends in NAPRC accreditation? Do you see a lot of your customers gearing up towards Rectal Cancer accreditation?

A – We sure do. While this accreditation is relatively new, almost every one of our customers has indicated to us an interest in pursing this. It remains to be seen how this translates into action, but we’ve deemed it important enough that we just recently built that NAPRC module within our solution. So it is really important.

Q – Does ERS provide paid consulting services?

A – We currently do not have consulting services. However, we have a team of CTRs and Cancer Registry experts that work hard to understand and address our constantly evolving client needs.