CTR Coding Break – Coding Radiation Therapy

The August 2023 CTR Coding Break discusses coding radiation therapy. Registrar’s are encouraged to utilize the CTR Guide to Coding Radiation for coding radiation therapy treatment which is now available within the 2023 STORE Manual Appendix R. Today’s coding break objectives include: Clarification on phase terminology and coding instruction, Coding the treatment volume when the primary site organ has been removed, and coding instruction for adding…

Posted on Aug. 28, 2023 in CTR Coding Break

CTR Coding Break – 2023 Melanoma Surgery Codes

January 2023 brought significant changes to abstracting and coding melanoma of the skin. In this brief presentation we will review the addition of the new surgery fields “RX Summ Surg 2023” and “RX Hosp Surg 2023” and show the major differences between the pre-2023 surgery fields (Surgical Procedure of Primary Site & Surgical Procedure of Primary Site at this Facility) and the new 2023 surgery fields….

Posted on Jul. 31, 2023 in CTR Coding Break

CTR Coding Break – Lymphovascular Invasion

The June 2022 CTR Coding Break discusses Lymphovascular Invasion. What is Lymphovascular Invasion exactly?  Lymphovascular Invasion is the presence of tumor cells in lymphatic channels and/or blood vessels within the primary tumor noted microscopically by the pathologist. In some cases, the presence or absence of Lymphovascular invasion is used as an indicator of prognosis. The three main objectives of the presentation include: Identifying synonyms for Lymphovascular…

Posted on Jun. 26, 2023 in CTR Coding Break

CTR Coding Break – 2023 Breast Surgery Codes

In this month’s Registry Partners CTR Coding Break, we discuss coding surgical procedures for 2023 breast cases. For cases diagnosed 1/1/2023, the Surgical Procedure of Primary Site at this facility field is no longer applicable and has been replaced by a new data item titled Rx Hosp-Surg 2023. This new data field has been added for all sites and today we will be discussing how to…

Posted on May. 29, 2023 in CTR Coding Break