SOURCE: National Comprehensive Cancer Network

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

September 15, 2016 09:15 ET

NCCN Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria to Be Integrated Into New Century Health's Oncology Clinical Decision Support Platform

Integration of NCCN Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria (NCCN Imaging AUC™) Into New Century Health's Clinical Decision Support Platform Will Expand National Use of Evidence-Based Imaging Recommendations Adapted From the NCCN Guidelines®

FORT WASHINGTON, PA--(Marketwired - September 15, 2016) - The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is extending its collaboration with New Century Health to integrate the NCCN Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria (NCCN Imaging AUC™) into New Century Health's value-based clinical decision support platform. This will provide expanded access to imaging recommendations as derived from the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®).

"Since 2011, New Century Health has been a licensee of the NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium (NCCN Compendium®) for use in Health Information Technology. We appreciate that they will now deliver NCCN Guidelines®-based, qualified imaging AUC to provider groups, health plans, and accountable care organizations throughout the country," said Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN. "Providing NCCN Imaging AUC™ electronically at point-of-care helps assure quality cancer care for patients with cancer while minimizing unneeded imaging."

NCCN Imaging AUC™ are currently available for 20 NCCN Guidelines; the complete library of NCCN Imaging AUC™ will be available beginning Q2 2017. Adapted from the NCCN Guidelines, NCCN Imaging AUC™ support clinical decision-making around the use of imaging in patients with cancer by outlining all imaging procedures recommended in the NCCN Guidelines, including radiographs, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional nuclear medicine imaging (PET, SPECT), and ultrasound. NCCN is recognized by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as an approved provider-led entity (PLE) for development of imaging AUC. More information about NCCN Imaging AUC™ is available at

"We strongly believe that expanding our strategic collaboration with NCCN strengthens our ability to bring enhanced clinical value to oncologists," said Atul Dhir, MD, DPhil, Chief Executive Officer, New Century Health. "Through the use of NCCN Imaging AUC™, our participating physicians will be able to ensure that their patients receive the most appropriate imaging at the most appropriate time during the course of treatment."

New Century Health helps physicians deliver quality care by providing technology-enabled clinical decision tools and advanced clinical care management support. The company's value-based comprehensive specialty care quality programs are used by four of the top five national health plans.

About New Century Health
New Century Health is the nation's leading specialty care management company. Our value-based specialty care management platform ensures that cancer and heart disease patients receive the highest quality, most cost-effective care. We work with Specialist Providers and Health Plans to make better care management decisions and to ensure compliance with evidence-based clinical standards. Provider Groups, Health Plans and Accountable Care Organizations partner with us to provide better care for Medicare, Commercial and Medicaid members. To learn more about New Century Health, please visit

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 27 of the world's leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. As the arbiter of high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers.

The NCCN Member Institutions are: Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Omaha, NE; Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland, OH; City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA; Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center | Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA; Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC; Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA; Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA; The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD; Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ, Jacksonville, FL, and Rochester, MN; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL; The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Columbus, OH; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY; Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN; Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, CA; University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center, Birmingham, AL; UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, CA; UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA; University of Colorado Cancer Center, Aurora, CO; University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, MI; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, Madison, WI; Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN; and Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital, New Haven, CT.

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