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NCCN Offers On-Line Tool for 2006 CMS Oncology Demonstration Program

JENKINTOWN, Pa., January 27, 2006 — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has released specially coded versions of 13 NCCN Guidelines to support the 2006 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Oncology Demonstration Program. These NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in OncologyTM have been annotated with G-Codes from CMS and are available on www.nccn.org.

The 2006 CMS Oncology Demonstration Program encourages high-quality care in all facets of the management of patients with cancer. Physicians are being asked to report to CMS whether their management of patients adheres to guidelines developed by either the NCCN or the American Society of Clinical Oncology. NCCN Guidelines annotated with G-Codes provide oncologists and hematologists a tool to rapidly navigate the relevant guidelines and accurately determine whether the cancer treatment they provide is adherent to the guidelines.

NCCN Guidelines are the recognized standard for clinical policy in the oncology community. They are developed and updated continually and are based upon evaluation of scientific data integrated with expert judgment.

Throughout 2006, the NCCN will offer information programs to advise directly on the logistics, implementation and longer-term implications of the CMS Demonstration Program. Implementation of the CMS Demonstration Program will be a major focus of the NCCN 11th Annual Conference to be held March 8-12, 2006 and of NCCN Regional Symposia to be held throughout 2006.

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 27 of the world's leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. As the arbiter of high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers. The primary goal of all NCCN initiatives is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of oncology practice so patients can live better lives. For more information, visit NCCN.org.

The NCCN Member Institutions are:

  • Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
  • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
  • City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center | Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
  • Duke Cancer Institute
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Stanford Cancer Institute
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Colorado Cancer Center
  • University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital