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Is your Pathology Report compliant with CAP guidelines?

Often times, the cancer committee members are uncertain if their pathology reports are meeting Standard 2.1.  The College of American Pathologists (CAP)protocols must be followed to report the required data elements in 90% of the eligible cancer pathology reports each year.  No one wants to be surprised to hear the CoC surveyor state he does not see the required data elements as mandated by CAP.  Below…

Posted on Jan. 13, 2015 in From Our Perspective

Q&A: TNM and SEER Summary Staging

Q: What is the SEER Summary stage for a patient diagnosed with metastatic disease to the bone and brain but a primary site is not identified (C80.9) – Unknown Primary Site. A: Code 9 – Unknown. Per the Seer Summary Stage manual, page 281, the stage would be unknown as the primary site is unknown/not stated therefore the summary stage cannot be determined.   Q: In…

Posted on Jan. 9, 2015 in How Should I Code This?

Q&A: Radiation Coding

Q: A breast cancer receives a modified radical mastectomy and is referred for subsequent radiation therapy. The patient receives 5000 cgy in 25 fxs to the left chest wall and 1000 cgy in 5 fxs as a boost to the chest wall scar. What is the code for the radiation treatment volume? A: Code 20 Chest Wall. Per FORDS page 240, code 20 encompasses the chest…

Posted on Jan. 2, 2015 in How Should I Code This?

What are your 2015 Program Goals?

New Years Eve is an opportunity to reflect on the past year and apply all that has occurred for the new year. Our consultants enjoy sharing our favorite movies, books, new opportunities, recipes, accomplishments, and embarrassing moments amongst family and friends. Our answers bring laughter and learning and even soul-searching but it’s always a great opportunity to appreciate the year and all it had to offer….

Posted on Dec. 30, 2014 in From Our Perspective