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Congratulations to the South Dakota Cancer Registry!

We would like to recognize the South Dakota Cancer Registry for receiving Gold Certification from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) on the evaluation of South Dakota’s 2013 data submitted during the National Call for Data, which took place in November, 2015. Gold Certification is the highest level of distinction awarded by NAACCR.  Achieving Gold Certification means the data submitted by the South…

Posted on Jun. 28, 2016 in From Our Perspective

Using Acute Respiratory Failure as Organ Failure

There have been questions surrounding what can be used as an indication of organ failure if there is documentation of acute respiratory failure with a new need for mechanical ventilation. (Acute respiratory failure as evidenced by a new need for invasive or non-invasive mechanical ventilation. Invasive mechanical ventilation requires an endotracheal or tracheostomy tube. Non-invasive mechanical ventilation (may be referred to as BiPAP) uses a mask.)…

Posted on Jun. 24, 2016 in How Should I Code This?

Changes to the Collection of AJCC Fields

AJCC and NCDB Announce New AJCC T, N, and M Categories implemented in 2016 for cases diagnosed 1/1/16 forward.  This includes a “c” clinical and “p” pathologic designation available in the registry software so registrars can comply with the AJCC staging rules. This will take effect for the NAACCR 16 compliant software upgrades for registry software.   More information will be coming in the future as we…

Posted on Jun. 24, 2016 in How Should I Code This?

Congratulations to The Indiana State Cancer Registry!

We would like to recognize the Indiana State Cancer Registry for two outstanding recognitions recently awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). The Indiana State Cancer Registry received the Registry of Distinction award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Program of Cancer Registries.  This…

Posted on Jun. 24, 2016 in From Our Perspective