National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
As a breast center/breast practice, how can you prove you demonstrate excellence in care delivery? Patients are looking for clues and evidence that the care they are receiving is state-of-the-art. They are entrusting their life to you and knowing that they are being cared for by qualified professionals is very important to patients and their families.
How can you do this? The best way is to have evidence that your practice has received a thorough investigation in every area of care and staffing credentials by a national organization to prove that your practice meets all the rigorous criteria required to be a center of excellence. The most prestigious sign of excellence in care is the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, and earned only after your center passes a rigorous on-line application process and on-site survey that evaluates all areas of care delivery.
What Is the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)?
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is a voluntary accreditation program for breast centers in the United States. Administered by the American College of Surgeons, the NAPBC has developed a detailed on-line application that is completed by breast centers interested in pursuing NAPBC recognition. Once their application has been completed and approved by the NAPBC, a site surveyor is assigned and an in-person site visit is scheduled to review all aspects of the accreditation program, including leadership, clinical practice, research, community outreach, patient and professional education, and quality improvement programs. If a center meets the strict inspection guidelines, they are awarded a three year NAPBC certificate stating that they are committed to offering state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care and are complying with the guidelines of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This is a prestigious award that assures your center is delivering best practice standards of multidisciplinary care.
NAPBC accredited centers must demonstrate the following services are in place:
- A multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best care and treatment options available
- Access to breast cancer-related information, education, and support
- Breast cancer data collection on quality indicators for all subspecialties involved in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
- Information about clinical trials and new treatment options
Accredited programs have proven that they are concerned with prevention, early detection, diagnosis, pre-treatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services and end-of-life care. They offer an availability of a full range of medical services, along with a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care. This approach ensures the provision of continuity of care for women with diseases of the breast.