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RFS Committee: (L to R) Dan Weber, Allen Hirsch, Kristen McNiff, Shelley Fuld Nasso, Kirby Lewis, Allison Rosen, Candace Henley, Rebecca Esparza, Desiree Walker, Kelsey Nepote, Matt Goldman, Betsy Glosik, and Susan Strong
Together, we hope to leverage this project to shape quality measurement and ensure cancer survivors live well during and after cancer treatment.
Further, one of the project’s main consensus recommendations was a core requirement that cancer providers conduct routine functional status assessment (including, at minimum, the prioritized domains) to help those with cancer to redefine functional status during treatment and survivorship. Unfortunately, the RFS Committee consensus and published literature indicate that standard assessment of these domains is the exception, rather than the norm, in cancer care today. As such, we added a group of process measures regarding routine assessment of these domains via validated survey instruments into the RFS measure set. The process measures will help enumerate the current performance gap and highlight initial opportunities for improvement.
The committee also concluded that an RFS measure set must evaluate providers’ reaction to any poor or concerning patient responses to any administered survey. Thus, the final measure set also includes a group of process measures regarding provider action taken, as needed.