The optimal care coordination model (OCCM) developed for this project builds upon the Multidisciplinary Care (MDC) Assessment Tool created by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), a project funded by NCI from 2007-2014. The OCCM is being designed to be used for the benefit of cancer programs of all resource levels to improve lung cancer care for patients with Medicaid.
The OCCM focuses on 13 areas with high impact on optimal care. Each assessment area of the OCCM has 5 levels, with level 1 representing the most basic provision of care and level 5 representing optimal best practice. The OCCM is not meant to evaluate every aspect of care for a patient with lung cancer, but rather focuses on 13 areas with high impact on optimal care.
Testing Site Applications Now Open!
ACCC is now accepting applications from ACCC Cancer Program Members* to serve as Testing Sites for the beta version of the OCCM. Testing Sites will use the OCCM for program self-assessment, and then develop and conduct one or more quality improvement (QI) projects over a 12-month testing period. Applicants selected as Testing Sites will receive a stipend.
*Under the terms of the grant, programs in the following states are excluded from participation in this project: AL, GA, KY, MS, NC, TN, SC, and WV.
On March 20, 2017, at 4:30 PM EDT, ACCC hosted an Optimal Care Coordination Model (OCCM) webinar to answer questions on the OCCM Testing Site application process, discuss a hypothetical QI initiative example, and review the project’s Testing Phase timeline.
Participation as an OCCM Testing Site is an opportunity for cancer programs to not only contribute to evaluation of the usability and feasibility of the OCCM for widespread use by cancer programs, but also to realize maximum return on their QI efforts. Results from the testing phase of the OCCM project will be used to further refine and modify the OCCM to make it a practical, easy-to-use guide for cancer programs interested in advancing patient-centered, multidisciplinary, coordinated care for their lung cancer patients on Medicaid.
Complete details available in the ACCC Request for Testing Site Application (RFA).
Checklist of Items Needed to Complete Application:
- Section I: Questionnaire about your cancer program, patient demographics, and quality measurements
- Section I: Letter of commitment from Executive Level Champion and Physician Champion
- Section II: Baseline institutional self-assessment on OCCM, with supportive evidence
- Section III: QI project proposal based on an OCCM assessment area from Category A
- Section III: QI project proposal based on an OCCM assessment area from Category B (if applicable)