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ASCO Quality Care Symposium Daily News

The ASCO Quality Care Symposium Daily News is the official news source for the ASCO Quality Care Symposium, providing expert perspectives on controversial topics and session highlights. Articles include physician-authored “Expert Editorials” on current clinical issues in oncology, interviews with Meeting attendees, and recaps of key sessions and presentations. Content is current as of the Meeting date and may not reflect the most recent data.


March 4, 2016

The 2016 ASCO Quality Care Symposium concentrated on the need for more academic rigor in implementing quality improvement initiatives and challenged attendees to define quality before measuring it.

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February 22, 2016

Dr. Ethan Basch discusses patient-reported quality measures in cancer care in this edition of the Daily News podcast.

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February 22, 2016

Drs. Gary H. Lyman (pictured) and Carolyn D. Runowicz served on a workgroup that developed a breast cancer survivorship care guideline, jointly published by ASCO and ACS, aimed at assisting PCPs in caring for female breast cancer survivors.

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February 22, 2016

ASCO will honor Patricia A. Ganz, MD, FASCO, an accomplished medical oncologist and renowned advocate for improving the quality of cancer care from prevention through survivorship, with its first annual Joseph V. Simone Award and Lecture.

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February 22, 2016

Dr. Evangelia D. Razis discusses how the Contemporary Oncology Team, in Athens, Greece, was among the first to register for ASCO's Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) outside of the United States.

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February 22, 2016

Dr. Lillian Sung and colleagues discuss the creation of the SSPedi and SPARK systems to promote symptom control for children with cancer or undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. 

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February 22, 2016

Drs. Gary H. Lyman, Robert M. Rifkin, and Huub Schellekens (pictured) discuss the challenges and the opportunities that biosimilar cancer treatments represent.

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February 22, 2016

Dr. Michael Neuss, chair-elect of the 2016 ASCO Quality Care Symposium Planning Committee, discusses plans for the 2017 ASCO Quality Care Symposium.

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February 22, 2016

Dr. Meredith J. Sorensen and Sandra L. Wong (pictured) discuss the merits and potential unintended consequences from quality-improvement initiatives.

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February 22, 2016

Dr. William Berry discusses what he’s learned through his work with the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist Dissemination Program, including the steps to follow to ensure checklist implement success. 

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February 22, 2016

ASCO has issued two new biomarker guidelines: one for adjuvant systemic therapy for women with early-stage invasive breast cancer and another on systemic therapy for women with metastatic breast cancer (co-authored by Dr. Catherine Hall Van Poznak [pictured]).

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February 22, 2016

Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website, offers a variety of resources related to the quality of cancer care.

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February 22, 2016

Dr. Carolyn Russo discusses why she chose to attend the 2016 ASCO Quality Care Symposium, as well as what she hopes to take away from the meeting.

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February 22, 2016

Dr. Christopher R. Friese discusses how the quality of care affects his daily practice, as well as the sessions that he is looking forward to attending during this year’s Symposium.

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February 22, 2016

Ms. Jenna Page (pictured) and Dr. Ted A. James led an intervention that used a task simulator to educate nurses on the use and maintenance of central venous catheters, which reduced the rate of central-line associated bloodstream infections in an adult inpatient hematology–oncology unit.

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February 22, 2016

Surgeons who received diversity training scored significantly higher on the Cultural Competence Assessments compared to those who did not receive training.

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February 21, 2016

Attending the ASCO Quality Care Symposium? Here’s everything you need to know.

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February 22, 2016

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was passed in April 2015, effectively repealing the sustainable growth rate and introducing comprehensive changes in how Medicare pays physicians for services. 

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February 22, 2016

In January 2016, Dr. Thomas G. Roberts, Jr., took over as the new chair of the Board of Directors of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO. Dr. Roberts serves alongside two other newly elected members: Dr. Margaret Tempero and Dr. Alexander Casdin.

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February 22, 2016

ASCO's Quality Training Program prepares teams of oncology providers to design, implement, and lead successful quality improvement activities in their practice settings.

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