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How We Compare to the
National Cancer Database

In 1998, a Presidential Commission recommended the creation of a national forum in which health care’s many stakeholders could, together, find ways to improve the quality and safety of America’s health care. This recommendation led to the creation of National Quality Forum (NQF), a private, not-for-profit, public benefit corporation established in 1999 to standardize healthcare quality measurement and reporting.

Established as a public-private partnership, the NQF has broad participation from all parts of the healthcare system, including national, state, regional and local groups representing consumers, public and private purchasers, employers, healthcare professionals, provider organizations, health plans, and others involved in healthcare research or quality improvement. Together, the organizational members of the NQF work to promote a common approach to measuring healthcare quality and fostering system-wide capacity for quality improvement.

The Commission on Cancer (CoC), through the Cancer Program Practice Reports (CP3R), promotes twelve quality indicators utilizing the data submitted to the National Cancer Database. The data are from 2012.