ACCC Releases Lung Cancer Care Quality Improvement Model

Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC)Lung Cancer is the second most common form of cancer among both men and women. Non-small cell lung cancer accounts for about 84% of lung cancer while small cell lung cancer cases are about 13%. While these figures are causing serious problems for the lung cancer practitioners and patients; the ongoing advances in lung cancer screening along with new and evolving treatment modalities are offering new options for lung cancer patients.

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has released a model framework for cancer care providers to help in improving care coordination for lung cancer patients covered by Medicaid. This model is based upon an extensive research process and addresses lung cancer care for the patients. Called as “Improving Care Coordination: A Model for Lung Cancer” is a quality improvement tool and is now made available for cancer programs and practices.

The model was developed through peer-to-peer collaboration between industry researchers, oncology providers, lung cancer experts, epidemiologists, administrators and patient advocates among the project’s advisory committee and technical expert panel. This unique model will help programs regardless of their prior experience with self-assessment and self-directed improvement.

Randall Oyer, MD, Medical Director said, “This is a unique QI model that will help programs regardless of prior experience with self-assessment and self-directed improvement.” “It’s not one size fits all. Regardless of resources, cancer programs of any size can identify areas of interest for improvement that they can address, making the model scalable and effective for quality improvement,” he added.

This model by ACCC has been the result of comprehensive project launched in 2016 upon receipt of grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. The model can be accessed on ACCC’s website. It is executive via 12 assessment areas and each area allows the user to select which level their program comes in at and with specific description for each level. These assessment areas range from one’s entry into lung cancer program, treatment planning to physician engagement to quality measurement and improvement and more.

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