Navigating Rivers of Change at the NCRA 2022 Annual Conference

Suzanne Neve, RHIA, CTR - Director, Cancer Registry NCRA Leave a Comment

Navigating Rivers of Change at the NCRA 2022 Annual Conference

On April 6, 2022, the National Cancer Registrar’s Association (NCRA) will kick off its annual educational conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, DC. This year’s conference will offer a first-time ever hybrid experience where virtual attendees can watch the live streaming of the in-person sessions and take part in the live Q&A.

Early bird registration opened on December 20, 2021, and goes through January 31, 2022, at a significantly discounted rate. Early registration continues February 1st through March 1st and regular rate registration follows March 2nd through March 25, 2022. Registration for the concurrent Fundamentals of Abstracting Workshop is also open. Certified cancer registrars who register for the full conference can earn twenty (20) continuing education (CE) hours needed to maintain their credential.

Dr. Timothy W. Mullet, MD, MBA, FACS, Chair of the Commission on Cancer will give the keynote address highlighting the 100th anniversary of the CoC. He will highlight current and future plans of the CoC and outline the benefits to physicians, patients, and cancer registrars. Other plenary sessions will follow on April 7th featuring future directions of the AJCC and TNM staging system, 2022 updates to SSDI’s and rules for coding extent of disease (EOD) and Summary Stage, and NAACCR EDITS metafile v22. NCRA’s president, Karen Mason, will speak on COVID-19’s impact on the cancer registry with presentations to follow on precision medicine and updates on the cancer PathCHART project.

On Friday, April 8th, three different disease-site specific workshops will take place on Brain/CNS, Bile Duct/Liver and Melanoma. Each of these three sessions will offer Category A CE credits and feature a physician presenter giving a detailed clinical review, and a CTR outlining the AJCC staging. Content will also include the Summary Stage, Surgical Codes, Site-Specific Data Items, Grade, Extent of Disease and Solid Tumor Rules.

Saturday, April 9th will feature four concurrent tracks with breakout sessions. Tracks will feature the: Hospital Registry, Central Registry, Registry Management and CoC Cancer Programs.             

A Walk on Capitol Hill: a Day of Advocacy will take place on Thursday, April 7th. This is an excellent opportunity for Cancer Registrars to meet with their elected officials to help them understand the value cancer registrars bring to healthcare. NCRA provides all the materials and support that needed for CTR advocates and transportation to and from Capitol Hill.

Other events and opportunities include the Annual State Associations’ Basket Raffle, Awards Presentation, Danielle Chufar Conference Scholarship award, new CTR recognition event, State President’s Leadership Event, roundtables, and countless opportunities to network in the exhibit hall and luncheons.

The Gaylord Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD offers a beautiful, relaxing environment to conference attendees. Restaurants and shopping are within walking distance and water taxis are available to travel across the Harbor or to other attractions in the area.

We look forwarding to seeing you in Washington, DC in April 2022!

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