STAR Program Blog

How the STAR Program Can Help Cancer Programs Meet CoC Standard 3.3

Posted by Pete Manning on July 22, 2016

The Commission on Cancer’s number one mission is to improve survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. This aligns with what every clinician and administrator working in cancer care strives for, which is why 94% of cancer programs use the CoC standards and accreditation criteria as the standard for quality of care.[1]

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Topics: Commission on Cancer

ICD-9 vs. ICD-10 Coding: What You Should Know for Cancer Rehabilitation Coding

Posted by Pete Manning on October 22, 2015

October 1st has come and gone and your billing staff is probably still working through the transition to ICD-10 coding.

Oncology rehabilitation service lines can benefit from the new ICD-10 codes.  Today, with ICD-10 coding, your team can more clearly indicate the clinical treatment provided to each patient in relation to their primary diagnosis.

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Topics: Oncology Rehabilitation

Neutropenia and Oncology Rehabilitation

Posted by Kristin Carroll, PT, ONS Certified on August 27, 2015

Oncology rehabilitation professionals need to know the precautions and contraindications for chemotherapy-induced neutropenia when treating a cancer survivor.  What to look for, how to educate your cancer survivors and when to halt rehabilitation treatments is crucial for a safe plan of care.

One of the most severe oncologic emergencies that can occur in a cancer survivor is a condition called neutropenia. Caused by a deficiency in neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, this blood condition makes patients much more susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections and can have a severe impact on the patient's life, including:

  • Life threatening infections
  • Prolonged hospital stays
  • Chemotherapy dose reductions and delays

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Topics: Neutropenia, Clinical Education

A Better Understanding of Oncology Rehabilitation

Posted by Pete Manning on July 21, 2015

Many cancer patients have never heard of cancer rehabilitation and how it can help them before, during and after their cancer treatment. And healthcare facilities may not realize what a benefit cancer rehabilitation can be for their patients and facility.

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Topics: Oncology Rehabilitation

Oncology Nurse Navigators and Their Role in the Continuum of Care

Posted by Pete Manning on June 22, 2015

A Review of the 2015 AONN Meeting

At the Association of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN) annual regional meeting in Seattle this May, a forum was held that allowed oncology nurse navigators to share best practices with colleagues. Events such as this make it possible to greatly improve the quality of cancer care provided to patients everywhere.

The nurse navigator's critical role in the continuum of care for every cancer patient was apparent. In addition to the forum, key topics covered during the meeting included:

  • Complete Care -- The New Trend in Doctor Visits
  • Value-based strategies for Navigation
  • Commision of Cancer (CoC) Standards
  • Back to Purpose "The Heart of Healing"
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Topics: Oncology Rehabilitation, Clinical Education