ASCO Is Committed to the Goals of the National Cancer Plan
Clifford A. Hudis, M.D., FACP, FASCO, ASCO CEO
Here are three ways ASCO is supporting the National Cancer Plan and its goals that we must achieve to prevent cancer, reduce mortalities, and maximize the quality of life for people living with this disease:
Helping providers deliver high-quality patient-centered cancer care. Our new program, ASCO Certified™, provides formal recognition for outpatient oncology practices and health systems that meet a single set of standards to deliver high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered cancer care. This program focuses on the most important stakeholders—patients—as it organizes all care within a medical home framework. It empowers oncology practices of all shapes and sizes to embrace delivery of value-based care while enhancing quality. ASCO Certified aligns with the goals of the National Cancer Plan to Develop Effective Treatments, Eliminate Inequities, Deliver Optimal Care, Engage Every Person, Maximize Data Utility, and Optimize the Workforce.
Increasing access to cancer care in rural areas. The Increasing Access to Cancer Care in Rural Montana pilot program builds on ASCO’s longstanding commitment to health equity and helps patients receive cancer care in their own community through a hub-and-spoke care delivery model. The initiative, which aligns with the Montana Cancer Coalition’s comprehensive cancer control strategy, aims to reduce patients' commutes to treatment locations, enable rural sites to be primary points of contact, improve care delivery through education and training, and encourage patient engagement throughout the cancer care continuum. This program supports the National Cancer Plan goals to Eliminate Inequities, Deliver Optimal Care, Engage Every Person, Maximize Data Utility, and Optimize the Workforce.
Creating a set of standard data elements for oncology EHRs. mCODE™—short for Minimal Common Data Elements—is a standard for sharing patient data across different electronic health record (EHR) systems. By providing a set of structured data elements to make this information interoperable, providers, patients, and researchers can address crucial clinical questions that are unanswerable today. Importantly, enhancing ability to share clinical information between providers and electronic health records also supports greater efficiency and quality of care. mCODE aligns with the goals of the National Cancer Plan to Develop Effective Treatments, Deliver Optimal Care, Engage Every Person, and Maximize Data Utility.
We look forward to continuing ASCO's work to support the National Cancer Plan and working with other organizations and stakeholders to achieve the president’s Cancer Moonshot goal of “ending cancer as we know it.”