PPA Info

OCC – Radiation Oncology Practice Performance & Assessment (PPA)

Each diplomate will be required to successfully complete a qualified OCC practice performance assessment every three years or a total of three projects per 10 year OCC cycle using the diplomate’s own patient data. The goal of the practice performance component is to demonstrate performance improvement in radiation oncology knowledge and skills, including assessment activities of AOA specific core competencies. Diplomates will be required to demonstrate that they can assess the quality of radiation oncology care they provide compared to peers and national benchmarks and then apply the best evidence or consensus recommendations to improve that radiation oncology care using follow-up assessments.

All projects must include the following elements:

  • Relevance to patient care
  • Relevance to diplomate’s practice
  • Practice Guidelines & Technical Standards
  • Identifiable metrics and/or measurable endpoints
  • An action plan to address areas for improvement and subsequent remeasurement to assess progress and/or improvement

Choose a project that presents a challenge or perceived gap in your practice. Projects may be selected from a variety of existing projects sponsored by national organizations and societies or self-directed by the diplomate. Lists of projects are available on the websites of the following organizations: ASTRO (PAAROT) & ACR (RO-PEER).

The AOBR will randomly audit OCC participants. It is incumbent upon the physician to retain the source data of each of his/her projects in the event of an audit.

Please keep in mind that examples given are not required projects by the AOBR, each is merely a resource to assist diplomates in researching the types of projects they may or may not like to participate.