Oncology Coding Break – Coding Errors & Misinterpretations

Have you committed yourself to quality in 2024? If not, it’s never too late! As registrars, we are an integral piece of the puzzle when it comes to advancements in patient care,  better outcomes, and increased survival. Committing yourself to quality is crucial, and this 2-hour presentation is a great place to start. We hit on many of the nuances and complexities that we face when…

Posted on Jan. 22, 2024 in Oncology Coding Break

CTR Coding Break – Ambiguous Terminology & Cytology Nuances

The December 2023 CTR coding break topic is “Ambiguous Terminology and Cytology Nuances” The varying use of ambiguous terminology in a medical record can be a challenge while determining a diagnosis.  The SEER and STORE manuals provide detailed guidelines of the best way to navigate these situations. The objectives for this presentation are: to learn how to use ambiguous terms and where to find them; an…

Posted on Dec. 26, 2023 in Oncology Coding Break

CTR Coding Break – Breast SSDI ER/PR Percent Positive or Range

Estrogen and Progesterone percent positive or range is the percentage of cells staining ER or PR positive by IHC. Breast SSDI estrogen receptor (ER) percent positive or range and progesterone receptor (PR) percent positive or range have been collected since 2018. Cancers with these types of receptors are called hormone responsive cancers. Hormone responsive cancer patients will most likely be prescribed treatments that will block estrogen…

Posted on Nov. 27, 2023 in Oncology Coding Break

CTR Coding Break – Lung Procedures for Malignant Pleural Effusion

In the Registry Partners October 2023 CTR Coding Break, presenter Monica Reece, RHIT, CTR discusses palliative care definitions as described in our standard setter manuals and goes into detail for the STORE manual palliative care codes. Palliative care reporting tracks care that helps prolong the patient’s life by controlling symptoms, to alleviate pain or to make the patient comfortable.  Pleurx drain placement and thoracentesis procedures are…

Posted on Oct. 30, 2023 in Oncology Coding Break