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November 12, 2009 (Cleveland)

Gerboc's Article, Defensive Abstracting Makes Sense, Published in Advance for HIM Professionals



Theresa Gerboc, a Cancer Registry Specialist for CHAMPS Oncology, contributed an article for the November 2009 Edition of Advance, the nation’s leading news magazine for Health Information Management (HIM) professionals.

Theresa’s article, “Defensive Abstracting Makes Sense,” explains the practice and purpose of defensive abstracting, which enables cancer programs to have more confidence in the data.

“The goal is to look at a patient’s abstract and understand the full story of the workup, diagnosis and treatment of each patient’s primary, and where the individual procedures were performed. The bottom line is, if you abstract defensively, you should be able to use the patient abstract as the primary source for reconciling and/or supporting outliers of national treatment guidelines, rather than having to review the entire medical record a second time.” Click here to read the article.