Erica McNamara

Erica J. McNamara

Senior Manager, Change Management at American College of Surgeons

Location:
633 N Saint Clair Street, Chicago, Illinois, United States
HQ Phone:
(312) 202-5000

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Experience

Research Project Professional  - University of Chicago

Education

MPH  - 

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Erica McNamara
Information Analyst 312-202-5194 emcnamara@facs.org

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Erica McNamara
Quality Improvement Information Analyst, National Cancer Data Base 312-202-5194 emcnamara@facs.org

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Patients are not only getting surgical treatment but also chemotherapy, radiation, and possibly hormone therapy," according to Erica McNamara, MPH, lead study author and quality improvement analyst at the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
"We expected to see performance increases, but these results were higher than we initially expected," Ms. McNamara reported. As an example, Ms. McNamara noted, that if a patient nearing the end of his/her treatment period has not started care for a required therapy, then an automatic "red alert" is sent from the NCDB to the cancer program team. "We know that many cancer treatments take longer than six months to administer, so by tracking patients in real clinical time, RQRS not only prompts participating programs to follow-up on patient care throughout the entire treatment period, it also feeds back performance rates and comparisons based on current patients and clinical practice, not two- or three-year-old data," Ms. McNamara explained.

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