Veterans Affairs Radiation Oncology Quality Surveillance Program and American Society for Radiation Oncology Quality Measures Initiative.

Ensuring high quality, evidence-based radiation therapy for patients is of the upmost importance. As a part of the largest integrated health system in America, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Radiation Oncology Program (VA-NROP) established a quality surveillance initiative to address the challenge and necessity of providing the highest quality of care for veterans treated for cancer.

As part of this initiative, the VA-NROP contracted with the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) to commission five Blue-Ribbon Panels for lung, prostate, rectal, breast, and head & neck cancers experts. This group worked collaboratively with the VA-NROP to develop consensus quality measures. In addition to the site-specific measures, an additional Blue-Ribbon Panel comprised of the chairs and other members of the disease sites was formed to create 18 harmonized quality measures for all five sites (13 quality, 4 surveillance, and 1 aspirational).

The VA-NROP and ASTRO collaboration have created quality measures spanning five disease sites to help improve patient outcomes. These will be used for the ongoing quality surveillance of veterans receiving radiation therapy through the VA and its community partners.

N/A - No human subjects were required.

Practical radiation oncology. 2022 Jun 08 [Epub ahead of print]

John Park, Lindsay L Puckett, Evangelia Katsoulakis, Bhanu Prasad Venkatesulu, Ksenija Kujundzic, Abhishek A Solanki, Benjamin Movsas, Charles B Simone, Howard Sandler, Colleen A Lawton, Prajnan Das, Jennifer Y Wo, Thomas A Buchholz, Christine M Fisher, Louis B Harrison, David J Sher, Rishabh Kapoor, Christina H Chapman, Samantha Dawes, Randi Kudner, Emily Wilson, Michael Hagan, Jatinder Palta, Maria D Kelly

Department of Radiation Oncology, Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO; Department of Radiology, Univ. of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO. Electronic address: ., Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI; Department of Radiation Oncology, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI., Department of Radiation Oncology, James A. Haley Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Tampa, FL., Department of Radiation Oncology, Strich School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago, IL., American Society for Radiation Oncology, Arlington, VA., Department of Radiation Oncology, Strich School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago, IL; Department of Radiation Oncology, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Chicago, IL., Department of Radiation Oncology, Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI., Department of Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY., Department of Radiation Oncology, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA., Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI., Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX., Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA., Department of Radiation Oncology, Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, San Diego, CA., Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO., Department of Radiation Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL., Department of Radiation Oncology, UT Southwestern Dallas, TX., Department of Radiation Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA; Department of Radiation Oncology, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA., Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI; Department of Radiation Oncology, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI., Department of Radiation Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA., Department of Radiation Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA; VHA National Radiation Oncology Program, Richmond, VA., VHA National Radiation Oncology Program, Richmond, VA.

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