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Q&A: Collaborative Staging

Q: The pathology report for a colon resection reports the circumferential resection margin is 2 mm. What is the correct code for Colon CS SSF 6 (CRM)? A: Code 020 not 002. Refer to Colon CS SSF6 Note 4 and round to the nearest tenth in millimeters the distance between the leading edge of the tumor and the nearest edge of surgically dissected margin as recorded…

Posted on Jan. 30, 2015 in How Should I Code This?

May I have your recipe?

Isn’t being asked for your recipe one of the best compliments you can receive?  The holidays are certainly a time for serving your traditional recipes but also the time to experiment with new recipes and certainly to try ideas you have seen on Pinterest! Please see a few of our most recently requested recipes!       Lasagna Soup Ingredients Soup 2 tsp olive oil 1-1/2…

Posted on Jan. 29, 2015 in From Our Perspective

Have you ever had to register a friend in your cancer registry?

One of my volunteers called and said, “You are going to have to register me.  I have cancer”. For someone who works with data and electronic charts all day, coming face to face with a real patient caused me to be both speechless and sad.   There are many cancer program consultants who have been diagnosed with cancer and many personally know patients within their registry but…

Posted on Jan. 27, 2015 in From Our Perspective

How can I best prepare for my Commission on Cancer Survey?

Registry Partners Consultants play an important role in survey preparation with many clients throughout the year.  Our clients often ask questions like: “What will the survey day be like?” “What do you know about the surveyor?” “Will he be tough like the JCAHO?” Our Consultants have the great opportunity to explain to our clients that surveys are not meant to be stressful.  They are an opportunity…

Posted on Jan. 22, 2015 in From Our Perspective