Navigating Rivers of Change at the NCRA 2022 Annual Conference

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

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...

Concurrent Abstracting

Cindy Zahn, MS Oncology Leave a Comment

When I first heard about concurrent abstracting years ago, I thought “they have got to be kidding”. Now, many years later, it is my reality. I have been doing concurrent abstracting since December of 2016. Although concurrent abstracting has many advantages, there are also disadvantages.  What is Concurrent Abstracting? Concurrent abstracting is when you complete the...

OIG HHS Semiannual Report to Congress is Released

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS CDC Leave a Comment

The Fall 2021 Office of Inspector General (OIG) Health and Human Services Semiannual Report to Congress describes work identifying significant risks, problems, abuses, deficiencies, remedies, and investigative outcomes relating to the administration of HHS programs and operations that were from the reporting period of April 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021. The HHS...

Save Time & Money: 4 Actionable Solutions for Hospitals’ Coder Shortages

Heather Chartier, MS, RHIA, CCA Outsourcing 1 Comment

Joining the ranks of physician and nursing shortages is a medical coder shortage of unprecedented heights. Hospitals need to quickly alleviate this problem or risk losing thousands of dollars in unbilled charges. Here’s a look at four actionable solutions to the coder shortage gap in hospitals. First, why is there a coder shortage? Sickness running rampant throughout an...

Cancer Prevention and Screening a Mixed Bag in 2021

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

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates, 608,570 deaths will occur from cancer in the United States in 2021. About 45% are attributed to potentially preventable, pre-pandemic causes such as tobacco smoking, obesity, alcohol intake, physical inactivity, and an unhealthy diet. In the ACS report Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Facts & Figures,...

Latest and Greatest 2022 COVID-19 Code Updates

Becky Buegel, RHIA, CDIP, CHP Outpatient Coding Leave a Comment

On December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared, “… December 7, 1941 – a day that will live in infamy….” when the USA was suddenly attacked by Japan. Many died from the attack itself and the ensuing world war into which America was thrust. On March 11, 2020, WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic (an infectious disease that has spread, in this case,...

Life-Saving Cardiac Stents Complicated by In-stent Restenosis

Marion Gentul, RHIA, CCS Inpatient Coding Leave a Comment

Introduction Heart disease, which includes coronary artery disease (CAD), is the leading cause of mortality in the U.S. To reduce the incidence of mortality, approximately 1.2 – 2 million cardiac stents are implanted each year worldwide. A cardiac stent or stents are deployed (inserted) into one or more affected cardiac arteries most commonly via a minimally invasive...

Life of a Tumor Registrar in a Small Community Hospital Setting

Cindy Zahn, MS Oncology Leave a Comment

I am the sole tumor registrar at a small Commission on Cancer (CoC) accredited facility in the state of Vermont. I have been employed there for over five years. Because I am the only registrar, I am responsible for all the tasks that are involved in maintaining the tumor registry.  When I first started here, I worked 2.5 days at a hospital location and 2 days remotely...

New STORE and SEER Data Items for Rectal and Breast Cancers

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

In June 2020, the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) launched the Cancer Surgery Standards Program (CSSP) quality program to shift from standards based in facilities / equipment to outcomes-based standards. There is growing evidence-based research suggesting that adherence to specific operative reporting techniques leads to longer survival, better surgical outcomes and...

April 2022 Brings new COVID-19 CM and PCS Codes

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Covid-19 Leave a Comment

When the final rule for the FY2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) came out, it included the statement that we will now have clinical coding updates twice a year for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, once in April and the usual large update in October. Keeping with their statement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that three (3) new...

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