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AAPA Joins the Commission on Cancer

Friday, June 29, 2018   (0 Comments)
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We have exciting news regarding the AAPA’s participation in quality cancer patient healthcare!

Through our relationship with the AJCC, one of the speakers at the 2017 Fall Conference, Dr. Frederick Greene, encouraged the AAPA to become a member organization of the Commission on Cancer (CoC).  This year the AAPA has applied and been accepted into membership of the Commission on Cancer. 

Perhaps you are one of the many AAPA members working at institutions accredited by the Commission on Cancer.  The accreditation is recognized nationally as the gold standard accreditation for cancer centers.  In fact, there are more than 1,500 CoC accredited cancer programs in the U.S., which treat nearly 70% of recently diagnosed U.S. cancer patients annually.  

The CoC, a program of the American College of Surgeons, is comprised primarily of association members, and those members represent a large cohort of associations across healthcare including the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), the American Hospital Association (AHA), and many other administrative, allied health, clinical, advocacy, government and research organizations. 

The CoC was established in 1922 and their mission statement is as follows:

“The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.”

They achieve their mission through data-gathering and analysis, conducting surveys, monitoring treatment patterns/outcomes, and developing educational initiatives.  All of the member organizations are active in participating in these activities.

AAPA inclusion as a member among these associations is a tremendous validation of our profession.  In addition, it acknowledges that the core distinctives of our association are becoming evident with major stakeholders in healthcare. 

In a practical sense, AAPA membership means that PAs are sitting at the table with other important members of the healthcare team.  The representatives of these organizations will hear our ideas and contributions to quality patient care.  We will participate within various activities often aimed at establishing, maintaining, and assessing institutional quality standards for our patients.  We are honored to be accepted as a member and excited to take another step, increasing our visibility and influence in the greater healthcare setting.   

As a part of the application process, the AAPA appointed a representative to the CoC — Erika Paulsen, MS, PA(ASCP)CM.  Erika is proud to represent our community to this important organization and is an ideal representative of the pathologists’ assistant profession.

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