National Evaluation of Hospital Performance on the New Commission on Cancer Melanoma Quality Measures

Christina A. Minami, Jeffrey D. Wayne, Anthony D. Yang, Mary C. Martini, Pedram Gerami, Sunandana Chandra, Timothy M. Kuzel, David P. Winchester, Bryan E. Palis, Karl Y. Bilimoria

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Introduction: To increase adherence to cancer management guidelines, the Commission on Cancer (CoC) developed and approved five melanoma quality measures in 2015. Our objectives were to evaluate formally the national performance of these melanoma measures and to examine patient, tumor, and hospital characteristics associated with adherence. Methods: From the National Cancer Data Base (2012), patients with invasive, nonmetastatic melanoma were identified. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were based on the CoC definition for each measure. Patient-level and hospital-level adherence rates were calculated for the five measures. A hospital was deemed “compliant” if it met the CoC standard, which requires 80 % of patients to receive the measure-specific recommended care. Patient, tumor, and hospital characteristics potentially associated with higher likelihood of adherence at the patient-level were estimated using hierarchical random-effects logistic regression models. Results: A total of 31,598 patients from 1343 hospitals were examined. Patient-level adherence rates varied from 31.6 % (Measure 5: ≥10 axillary lymph nodes removed/examined) to 72.6 % (Measure 1: sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) appropriateness measure). Hospital-level adherence rates, ranged from 19.3 % of hospitals (N = 538 hospitals for Measure 5) to 44.8 % of hospitals (N = 1090 hospitals for Measure 3: completion lymph node dissection after positive SLNB). No hospital-level factors (e.g., teaching status) were consistently associated with better adherence. Conclusions: National adherence rates to the five new CoC melanoma quality metrics are low, and most hospitals would not meet the CoC requirement of 80 % adherence. Feedback for performance of these measures to hospitals, decisions support tools, and educational initiatives are needed to improve guideline adherence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3548-3557
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of Surgical Oncology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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