The CoC Source - March 3, 2014
Late November 2013
Two separate surveys for hospital and central registrars distributed
December 10, 2013
December 2013 – January 2014
January 31, 2014
Meeting of AJCC, NCRA, CoC, SEER, and NAACCR to discuss analysis and develop action plan
New Ohio Law Incorporates NAPBC Standards
A law that incorporates the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) standards relating to mastectomy and reconstructive surgery will take effect in Ohio on March 20. Under this law, also known as the Lizzie B. Byrd Act, a surgeon or a health care professional designated by a surgeon, who performs a mastectomy in a hospital must guide the patient through provided or referred services in a manner consistent with NAPBC standards.
Additionally, if breast reconstruction is deemed appropriate, the surgeon or designated person must offer the patient a preoperative referral to a reconstructive or plastic surgeon, according to NAPBC standards. View more information online regarding the Lizzie B. Byrd Act.
Pursuing Excellence Through Accreditation Workshop
Mark your calendar. The NAPBC has scheduled a full-day workshop, Pursuing Excellence through Accreditation, to be held at the American College of Surgeons’ headquarters in Chicago on Friday, May 23. This workshop will provide detailed information related to the NAPBC components and standards, survey process, the quality measures, and related requirements for 2014 and beyond. Attendance at this workshop will assist centers applying for accreditation as well as centers due for re-accreditation in 2014.
Detailed information will be presented by NAPBC board members, surveyors, and staff. Most importantly, there will be a detailed presentation specific to the NAPBC components and standards; including what is required in order to meet compliance with each standard. The workshop will also incorporate any recent changes to the standards so that there is a clear understanding of what is expected and how it will be measured. Another detailed presentation, What to Expect on the Day of Survey, will walk you through a site visit from a surveyor’s perspective. Learn about what the surveyor is looking for during different aspects of the survey.The Pursuing Excellence Through Accreditation Workshop is designed for individuals involved in the delivery of multidisciplinary breast health care, including physicians, nurses, administrators, cancer registry professionals, and others involved in the day-to-day operations of the breast center.
If you have questions, please contact the NAPBC office at 312-202-5185, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online registration will open on March 10 at www.napbc-breast.org. If you wish to request early registration, please email email@example.com.These workshops are always well-attended and seating is limited. Enrollment will be on a first- come, first-served basis.
National Consortium of Breast Centers
March 15-19, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
American Society of Breast Surgeons
April 30-May 5, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
National Cancer Registrars Association
May 15-18, 2014
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
April Fritz to Present NCRA Webinar on Confidentiality in the Registry on March 5
One of the most important responsibilities of cancer registry professionals is to protect the confidentiality of cancer patient information. To meet this obligation, registrars must know the relevant laws and policies and be able to implement them. The National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) has created a one-hour webinar on “Confidentiality in the Registry” scheduled for Wednesday, March 5, at 2:00 pm. Presenter April Fritz, RHIT, CTR, will review critical rules and regulations, outline the challenges facing registrars, and highlight ways to ensure compliance. The webinar is designed for those new to the field and seasoned professionals who want to ensure they are up to date on confidentiality laws and regulations. Participants earn one continuing education (CE) credit. To learn more and to register, please visit NCRA’s learning management system, the Center for Cancer Registry Education.
NCRA Announces Spring 2014 Webinar Series on Treatment Modalities
The growing complexity of cancer treatments requires cancer registrars to better understand the specifics of the disease and the variety of treatments in order to accurately code and create a thorough abstract for each patient. To that end, NCRA has developed a three-part webinar series on treatment modalities. Each webinar will focus on the anatomy of the specific site, treatments and specific rules applicable to the site, and possible conflicts of coding or challenges of coding the various treatments.
The series is designed for cancer registrars who have advanced experience with the abstracting process and are comfortable analyzing detailed medical reports. Knowledge of regional nodal systems, Collaborative Stage, and Tumor Node Mestasis (TNM) Staging will enhance learning. The three webinars include
The one-hour webinars are scheduled for 2:00 pm (ET), and participants earn one CE credit per webinar. To learn more, visit NRCA’s Center for Cancer Registry Education.
As identified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Association of Community Cancer Centers, the Community Oncology Alliance, the Institute of Medicine, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and others, social and emotional support for patients and their loved ones touched by cancer is a critical element of comprehensive cancer care. Evidence indicates that this support is as important as the biomedical care a patient receives. While the benefits are well documented, the question of how to implement a program in the hospital, clinic, or large practice remains a question for some. It is important to realize that organizations do not have to create programs and services like these starting from scratch. Community-based solutions are a meaningful way to partner in delivering comprehensive care to patients and families.
An example of such a partnership is the Cancer Support Community (CSC), an affiliated network of more than 50 local centers, 100 satellite locations, online support communities, and a telephone helpline. In as many years, two hospital systems have chosen to partner in a novel, hospital-based approach that leverages CSC’s 50+ years of experience delivering a comprehensive array of evidence-based, personalized services to cancer survivors, families and caregivers. Greenville, SC, Hospital System and UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health, FL, are premier partnerships that bring together the medical expertise of their teams with the psychosocial expertise of a community-based organization—the CSC.
“This is an exciting step forward for cancer care in Central Florida,” said Diane Robinson, PhD, director of integrative oncology, UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health. “CSC had all the elements we were looking for, including distress screening. This partnership accelerated our timeline, by providing plug-and-play evidenced-based programming.”
“The partnership has been the catalyst for distress screening, educational activities, support groups, and individual counseling in our new Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship,” said Mark O’Rourke, MD, medical director, Greenville Health System. “In our work with CSC, we have been able to connect with patients to reduce distress, cope with challenges, and increase patient satisfaction.”
Providing comprehensive, quality cancer care is of the upmost priority for anyone working in the field of oncology. Given the unique challenges of an aging population, increasing number and complexity of cancer care options, and a changing health care environment, partnering is an effective means of achieving optimal patient care. For more information on these partnerships, please contact Jay Lockaby at Jay@cancersupportcommunity.org or 202-650-5378.
SEER recently published a new Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Neoplasm Manual and Database. Assess your understanding of the coding and reportability rules by coding the case scenarios. Receive a detailed step-by-step rationale that walks you through the process using the new manual and database. The Heme 2014 Practical Application section has six sets of coding exercise—five exercises in each set. SEER has requested 2.5 CE credits from NCRA for each set of heme coding exercises.
CTR Prep—Cancer Registry Management
The Cancer Registry Management Principles & Practice for Hospitals and Central Registries 3rd Edition textbook is one of the standard registry resources listed on CTRexam.org.Material from this textbook is used in the closed book section of the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) exam. CTR-eligible candidates may test themselves with 12 tests, 50 questions on each test. The material has been broken into three major topics:
The CTR Prep series do not qualify for CE hours. The purpose of this material is to assist non-credentialed registrars and students in preparing for the CTR exam.
The CoC regularly collaborates with more than 50 member organizations in
its mission to provide quality cancer care. This month we focus on the
The LIVESTRONG Foundation improves the lives of people affected by cancer now. We provide free patient navigation services to help people affected by cancer cope with the financial, emotional, and practical challenges that accompany a diagnosis of the disease.
The Foundation collaborates with the CoC on a variety of initiatives that support cancer patients and survivors. We are proud to be an advocate member of CoC and excited about the work underway to ensure that the Patient-Centered Standards are implemented by 2015. These standards represent ideas that are important to us, ensuring that cancer patients receive high-quality, coordinated care, which includes supportive services and resources that address the full continuum of care.
LIVESTRONG Foundation helps sites implement the Continuum of Care Services using online resources, via the telephone, and in your community. For more information about partnering with LIVESTRONG Foundation to implement Continuum of Care Services, e-mail Rebekkah Schear.Event Information:
Recent Publications and/or Products:
Our research program is unique in that we hear—and respond to—the voices of people affected by cancer, whether from constituents who follow us online, participate in events and initiatives, or use our navigation services. Some of our most recent research and publications include:
Beckjord EB, Reynolds KA, van Londen GJ, et al. Population-Level Trends in Post-Treatment Cancer Survivors’ Concerns and Associated Receipt of Care: Results from the 2006 and 2010 LIVESTRONG Surveys. J Psychosoc Oncol, 2013 Dec. [Epub ahead of print]
For more information on this organization, please contact:
LIVESTRONG Foundation, 2201 East Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78702
Phone: 855-220-7777 | Website: www.livestrong.org
The CoC regularly collaborates with more than 50 member organizations in its mission to provide quality cancer care. This month we focus on the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).
The NCRA is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The CoC was an early ally in the formation of the association. The CoC assisted an ad hoc committee of registrars back in 1972 to survey registrars and CEOs in facilities with approved cancer programs to determine the need, and likelihood of participation, if an organization were established. Following mounting interest and support, the National Tumor Registrars Association was chartered on May 14, 1974. The organization changed its name to the National Cancer Registrars Association in 1993. However, the primary purpose has remained the same: to promote research and education in cancer registry administration and practice, and to provide standardized credentialing to provide greater service to the cancer patient.The NCRA will celebrate its 40th anniversary at its annual education conference May 15–18, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.
For more information on this organization, please contact:
National Cancer Registrars Association, 1330 Braddock Place, Suite 520, Alexandria, VA 22314
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.ncra-usa.org
Please hold the dates June 18-20, 2014, for the Seventh Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference: Advancing Survivorship through Multilevel Collaborations.
The meeting will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia and is co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, LIVESTRONG Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More information can be found on our website.
There will also be training at the conference on implementing survivorship care from the LS Center of Excellence Network, including Care Plans.