Members Memo: Metrics

By Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN, AOCN, CBCN We have shared with our AONN+ members how the Oncology Care Model (OCM) is being used to highlight value and cost efficiency. The OCM success is based on collection of data in regard to specific outcomes. This falls in line with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Ensuring Quality Cancer Care report, that recommends quality care to be measured using a core set of metrics.  A core set of metrics can “ensure the rapid translation of research into practice and a mechanism is needed to quickly identify the results of research and quality of care implications and ensure that it is applied in monitoring quality.”1 Since navigation is one of the 6 tenets of the OCM, navigation programs involved in this model need to identify core metrics and standardize data collection in order to clearly demonstrate program outcomes. The work of the Evidence in Practice…

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