Concurrent Abstracting Best Practices

In 2020, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) introduced new accreditation standards, Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards), that have undergone a significant change to focus on the provision of high-quality and measurable care. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality Programs focus on the four principles of quality care: set the standards, build the right infrastructure, collect robust data, and verify through a third party. The CoC 2020 Standards take the next step in focusing on quality by defining the optimal resources for cancer care in areas that were not addressed by previous standards, including defining the critical elements essential for surgical success and the rapid capture and reporting of data that can be used to drive quality improvement efforts.

With an eye toward facilitating the success of CoC-accredited programs, each webinar in the Meeting the 2020 Standards for Optimal Cancer Care series will discuss the value of a specific new standard or standards, describe important new requirements for each standard, and offer recommendations for implementing the changes in accredited programs across the country.

Learn how the key requirements will impact patient care and the resources to support the transition to the new standard.

Target Audience

  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Cancer Committee Chairs
  • Cancer Liaison Physicians
  • Cancer Program Administrators
  • Certified Tumor Registrars
  • Oncology Nurse 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the rationale that lead to the changes.
  • Describe the key changes affecting patient care. 
  • Formulate strategies to address new requirements.
  • Learn about new resources, templates, and online education to support the new standards.
  • Identify best practices in the development and implementation of a process to abstract cases concurrently.
  • Utilize the NCDB Reporting Tools to fulfil data reporting and performance standards.
  • Understand the RCRS workflow. 


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.25 Certificate of Completion
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Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest (see below for definitions).

Commercial Interest

The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation.

Speaker and Moderator Disclosures


Leah Kiesow, BS, MBA, CTR - Nothing to disclose
Director of the Cancer Registry at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Cindy Traylor-Richards, AAS, CTR - Nothing to disclose
User Support Specialist, ACS Cancer Programs


Ryan McCabe, PhD - Nothing to disclose 
Senior Manager, National Cancer Database | Cancer Programs

Program Committee Disclosures

Connie Bura - Nothing to disclose
Asa Carter, MBA, CTR - Nothing to disclose
Vicki Chiappetta, RHIA, CTR - Nothing to disclose
Chantel Ellis - Nothing to disclose
Erin DeKoster, JD - Nothing to disclose
Lauren Dyer - Nothing to disclose
Carolyn Jones - Nothing to disclose
Ingrid Katauskas - Nothing to disclose
Susanne Kessler, MSM, RHIT, CTR - Nothing to disclose
Ryan McCabe, PhD - Nothing to disclose
Sue Rubin - Nothing to disclose
Andrea Scrementi - Nothing to disclose
Karen Stachon - Nothing to disclose

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring learning activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Available Credit

  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.25 Certificate of Completion
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