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December 10, 2020

American College of Surgeons Efforts in Support of Value-Based Metrics

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  • 1American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Oncol. 2021;7(2):307-308. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.6462

To the Editor We read with interest the recent Viewpoint in JAMA Oncology by Dietz and Pronovost1 and agree that ultimately accreditation programs should focus on improving value. In building their case, they discuss how their institution’s accreditations from the Commission on Cancer and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, as well as other designations of centers of excellence, have not delivered optimal patient experiences. Indeed, they identified that prolonged time-to-treatment metrics and chaotic care transitions were causing patient stress. As respected leaders, they called for the development of value-based metrics.

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