CTR Coding Break – Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer staging application for clinical coding, pN coding and overview of surgery coding is presented in this month’s coding break. Multiple examples are reviewed and discussed to show how and when to appropriately assign clinical staging, and pN coding. Surgery coding information is briefly discussed as well, in addition to the new code(s)/structure of codes for diagnosis year 2023.  Imaging and physician statements regarding a…

Keeping it Active: A CTR’s Experience Maintaining the RHIT

It’s an interesting concept, keep your certification(s) you worked so hard for, which you don’t really utilize, and find a way to make it worthwhile and cost worthy to keep it. In my case, I worked so hard to obtain the RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) and maintaining it seems more like a chore every two years now that I work in the Cancer Registry Field….

Cancer Registry: Then and Now

It’s fun to compare things now versus a decade ago. American life has changed over the last 10 years. TV shows have increased in popularity over movies, we commonly look up an address using navigation or with a quick browser search, and music is streamed these days over being downloaded. The cancer registry field has changed and evolved over the last decade, too. In the spirit…

CTR Coding Break – Abstracting Malignant Brain

In the Registry Partners March 2023 CTR Coding Break, we will review anatomy, signs, and symptoms of brain cancer, and diagnostic workup. We will also review abstracting aspects such as the Solid Tumor Rules, SSDIs, Staging, and Treatment.  Common diagnostic workup tests include the MRI of the Brain, CT, PET Scan, and/or cerebral arteriogram. This is used to visualize the tumor, size, extent of disease, and…