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Enhancing DATA SYSTEMS to Improve the Quality of CANCER Care

Maria Hewitt and Joseph V. Simone, Editors

National Cancer Policy Board

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE and

COMMISSION ON LIFE SCIENCES, NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
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THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

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Institute of Medicine

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The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit, self-perpetuating society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Upon the authority of the charter granted to it by the Congress in 1863, the Academy has a mandate that requires it to advise the federal government on scientific and technical matters. Dr. Bruce M. Alberts is president of the National Academy of Sciences.

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The Institute of Medicine was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to secure the services of eminent members of appropriate professions in the examination of policy matters pertaining to the health of the public. The Institute acts under the responsibility given to the National Academy of Sciences by its congressional charter to be an adviser to the federal government and, upon its own initiative, to identify issues of medical care, research, and education. Dr. Kenneth I. Shine is president of the Institute of Medicine.

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NATIONAL CANCER POLICY BOARD

ARNOLD LEVINE (Chair), President,

The Rockefeller University

JOSEPH SIMONE (Vice Chair), Medical Director,

Huntsman Cancer Foundation and Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

ELLEN STOVALL (Vice Chair), Executive Director,

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Silver Spring, MD

DIANA PETITTI (Vice Chair), Director,

Research and Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente of Southern California, Pasadena

TIM BYERS, Professor of Epidemiology and Program Leader,

Clinical Cancer Prevention and Control, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

VIVIEN CHEN, Epidemiology Section Chief and Professor,

Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans

SUSAN CURRY, Director,

Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Seattle

NORMAN DANIELS, Professor of Philosophy,

Tufts University

KATHLEEN FOLEY, Chief,

Pain Service, Department of Neurology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City

THOMAS KELLY, Boury Professor and Chairman,

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

MARK McCLELLAN, Assistant Professor of Economics,

Stanford University

WILLIAM McGUIRE, Chief Executive Officer,

UnitedHealth Group, Minnetonka, MN

JOHN MENDELSOHN, President,

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

MONICA MORROW, Professor of Surgery and Director,

Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Program, Northwestern University Medical School

NANCY MUELLER, Professor of Epidemiology,

Harvard School of Public Health

PILAR OSSORIO, Assistant Professor of Law and Medical Ethics, and Associate Director for Programming,

Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in Medicine, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison

CECIL PICKETT, Executive Vice President of Discovery Research,

Schering-Plough Research Institute, Kenilworth, NJ

JOHN SEFFRIN, Chief Executive Officer,

American Cancer Society, Atlanta

SANDRA UNDERWOOD, American Cancer Society Oncology Nursing Professor and Professor,

Health Maintenance Department, University of Wisconsin School of Nursing, Milwaukee

FRANCES VISCO, President,

National Breast Cancer Coalition, Washington, DC

SUSAN WEINER, President,

The Children's Cause, Silver Spring, MD

We also wish to thank former board members Peter Howley, John Bailar, Jospeph Davie, Robert Day, and Jane Sisk for their contributions to the development of this report during their term of service on the board.

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Staff

MARIA HEWITT, Study Director

ROBERT COOK-DEEGAN, Director,

National Cancer Policy Board (through August 2000)

CARMIE CHAN, Research Assistant

ROGER HERDMAN, Director,

National Cancer Policy Board (from September 2000)

ELLEN JOHNSON, Administrative Assistant

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Acknowledgments

This report brings together the diverse fields of health services research, cancer surveillance, and informatics, and the authors relied heavily upon the contributions of many people with expertise in these areas. Our goal in preparing this report was to address pressing issues related to improving the quality of cancer care, while staying focused on the technicalities of data systems and processes needed to further these quality-related goals. We consulted extensively with experts in the many disciplines covered in this report and are deeply indebted to them.

This report emanates from the National Cancer Policy Board (board). The board has a wide range of expertise in, for example, basic research, clinical practice, administration, and patient advocacy. For this report, the board's expertise was augmented by outside experts. Many of these experts were assembled at a workshop in October 1999 at The National Academies to present relevant papers and participate in discussions with the board (see the workshop agenda and list of participants in Appendix B). The board is particularly indebted to Thomas Smith for preparing the charge to the workshop and for his dynamic leadership of the workshop. The entire board active in 1999 was involved in this report 's development, but the authors want particularly to thank four members who made significant contributions: Vivien Chen, Monica Morrow, Diana Petitti, and Jane Sisk. Members of the Board, Arnold Levine, Tim Byers, Mark McClellan, Nancy Mueller, Cecil Pickett, and Susan Weiner, could not participate in this report because they were appointed after it was completed. The report benefited greatly from the inclusion of 10 case studies illustrating how pioneers in monitoring the quality of cancer care are using existing data

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within their practices or systems of care. We are very grateful to David Lansky of the Foundation for Accountability for helping us identify some of these programs. We would especially like to thank the following individuals for the time and effort they contributed in completing these case studies (listed in order of presentation in the report):

  1. Peter Eisenberg, Marin Oncology Associates;

  2. Grant Swanson, Kimberly Bergstrom, and Roger Shiffman, OnCare;

  3. Jean Owen, American College of Radiology;

  4. Gale Katterhagen, Sutter Health Breast Cancer Quality Project;

  5. Laurie Skokan, Providence Health System;

  6. Jane Weeks, National Comprehensive Cancer Network;

  7. Stephen Edge, Roswell Park Cancer Institute;

  8. Tim Byers, Colorado Medicare beneficiaries case study;

  9. Becky J. Cherney, Central Florida Health Care Coalition; and

  10. Monica Morrow, National Cancer Data Base.

Kevin Brady, Mary Kaeser, and Dan Miller at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided valuable assistance with our review of the National Program of Cancer Registries. Staff at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) were very helpful in providing relevant materials and reviewing sections of the report describing NCI-sponsored programs and research. A special thanks goes to Rachael Ballard-Barbash, Martin Brown, Brenda Edwards, Linda Harlan, Arnold Potosky, and Joan Warren.

The document benefited greatly from an open, technical review at the January 5, 2000, board meeting. Here, invited experts had an opportunity to critique an early draft of the report and engage in discussions with the board. Our invited experts included: Joseph Bailes, American Society of Clinical Oncology; Christopher Desch, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University; Robert Hiatt, Rachel Ballard-Barbash, and Joseph Lipscomb, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, NCI; Nancy Lee, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control; Mitchell Morris, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Jean Owen, American College of Radiology; Nancy Riese Daly, American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology; Edward Sondik, National Center for Health Statistics; Thomas Tucker, University of Kentucky; and Jane Weeks, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Board staff were essential to completing this report. Robert Cook-Deegan, the board director, helped develop the open review process and reviewed drafts. Hellen Gelband provided helpful suggestions to improve the draft document. As research assistant throughout the study, Carmie Chan was resourceful and thorough as she located references and completed tables for appendices. Ellen Johnson, the project administrative assistant, was invaluable in planning the workshop, steering the report through Academy procedures, and supporting the board.

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A number of quality-related projects conducted within the Health Care Services Division of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) provided very important background information for the report, especially in the areas of informatics and computer-based patient records.

REVIEWERS

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council's Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and the draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.

The National Cancer Policy Board wishes to thank the following individuals for their participation in the review of this report:

David J. Ballard, Senior Vice President, Health Care Research and Improvement, Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, TX

Paul Clayton, Intermountain Health Care, Salt Lake City, UT

Holly Howe, Executive Director, National Association of Centralized Cancer Care Registries, Springfield, IL

David Lansky, The Foundation for Accountability, Portland, OR

Elizabeth McGlynn, RAND Corporation, Health Sciences Program, Santa Monica, CA

Ann B. Nattinger, Department of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Edward B. Perrin, Professor, Emeritus, Department of Health Services, University of Washington

Although the individuals acknowledged have provided valuable comments and suggestions, responsibility for the final contents of the report rests solely with the National Cancer Policy Board, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.

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One of the barriers to improving the quality of cancer care in the United States is the inadequacy of data systems. Out-of-date or incomplete information about the performance of doctors, hospitals, health plans, and public agencies makes it hard to gauge the quality of care. Augmenting today's data systems could start to fill the gap.

This report examines the strengths and weaknesses of current systems and makes recommendations for enhancing data systems to improve the quality of cancer care. The board's recommendations fall into three key areas:

  • Enhance key elements of the data system infrastructure (i.e., quality-of-care measures, cancer registries and databases, data collection technologies, and analytic capacity).
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  • Monitor the effectiveness of data systems to promote quality improvement within health systems.
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