CTR Coding Break – Bladder Cancer & Intravesical Therapy

The December CTR Coding Break reviews the topic ‘Bladder Cancer and Intravesical Therapy’. The slides provide a definition of what Intravesical therapy is, how the therapy is administered, and the different types of Intravesical therapy given.  When a patient undergoes a TURBT followed by Intravesical therapy it’s important to code correctly the surgical treatment code(s) sequence along with correctly coding the chemotherapy or immunotherapy (BCG) treatment…

Posted on Dec. 23, 2020 in CTR Coding Break

CTR Coding Break – Colon-Extent of Disease & Microsatellite Instability SSDI

The Registry Partners November 2020 CTR Coding Break reviews discusses extent of disease fields pertaining to colon, rectum, and rectosigmoid junction, as well as the site-specific data item, titled microsatellite instability (MSI). EOD Primary Tumor is used to code contiguous growth of the primary tumor, EOD Regional Nodes is used to code the regional lymph nodes involved, and EOD Mets is used to code the distant…

Posted on Nov. 23, 2020 in CTR Coding Break

CTR Coding Break – Abstracting in Text

The October CTR Coding Break reviews the topic Abstracting in Text. Text in the cancer abstract is important and must be complete, timely, and accurate in order to be useful. Text can explain the choice of codes and should match the coded data. A brief introduction is provided along with more detail of the multiple subjects of text. Many times, the date, name or type, and…

Posted on Oct. 26, 2020 in CTR Coding Break

CTR Coding Break – 2021 Grade Updates

  The Registry Partners September 2020 CTR Coding Break reviews two new notes for coding Grade Pathological. Note 2 is discussed with examples: New – There is a preferred grading system for the schema. If the clinical grade given uses the preferred grading system and the pathological grade does not use the preferred grading system, do NOT record the clinical grade within the Grade Pathological field….

Posted on Sep. 23, 2020 in CTR Coding Break