PURPOSE: The purpose of the Multidisciplinary Care Team (MDC) is to develop and implement patient-centered processes, clinical procedures and ongoing monitoring activities aimed at ensuring the highest quality diagnostic and therapeutic care in the lung cancer patient.
MISSION: In conjunction with the cancer center’s overall mission, the Lung Cancer MDC will strive to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer through a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with lung cancer.
- To establish clinical practices across all specialties that are consistent and in compliance with NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines.
- To develop patient process mapping aimed at ensuring the most effective and cooperative use of multidisciplinary time and resources in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer patients.
- To develop a navigation process that creates a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer across multiple physician specialties and hospital-based services.
- To determine the current utilization of cancer center services for patients diagnosed with lung cancer within the identified service market and create strategies to increase service utilization.
- To coordinate and monitor all lung cancer screening programs to ensure optimal community utilization and outcomes.
- To establish and monitor quality and performance indicators associated with the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer patients to ensure the effectiveness of programmatic outcomes.
- To identify and implement clinical trial research specific to the lung cancer patient population.
- Cardo Thoracic Surgery
- Radiation Oncology
- Medical Oncology
- Pulmonary/Critical Care
- Early Detection/Education
- Infusion Servcies
- Inpatient Oncology
- Patient Navigator
- Radiation Therapist
- Respiratory Therapist
- Social Worker
- Tumor Registry
MEETINGS: The MDC will meet six times per year on odd-numbered months at a consistent time and date that is agreed upon by physician members. The meeting will be held in the second floor conference room at the St. Tammany Cancer Center.
- The MDC Chair is the physician responsible for directing the team and coordinating the clinical practices associated with the lung cancer program.
- The MDC Coordinator provides ongoing administrative, operational and organizational assistance to the MDC Chair.
CASE STUDIES: Approximately one-half of the team meeting will be dedicated to the presentation Case Studies dealing specifically to lung cancer. It is anticipated that CME credits will be provided.
CARE CONTINUUM REPORTING: The MDC will establish a Quality Dashboard aimed at defining internal clinical and operational goals based upon established guidelines and team expectations. Dashboard measures will include, but are not limited to:
- Program growth and case volumes
- Clinical trial volumes
- Patient navigation utilization volumes
- Mortality rates
- Case presentations (Tumor Board and MDC)
- Stage of diagnosis percentages
- Screening and prevention utilization and effectiveness
- Other specific clinical indicators.