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Keeping Current With Commission on Cancer (CoC) Standards

Have you been keeping current with the most recent Commission on Cancer (CoC) standards? If not, here’s your chance. We can help you navigate 2020 CoC standards updates through our new online education session. Now you can affordably earn 4 CEs from the National Cancer Registrars Association while staying current in your field.

We’ve recently launched a low-cost online education session called “2020 Cancer Program Insights - Optimal Resources for Cancer Care” based on the new Commission on Cancer (CoC) standards. Certified tumor registrars across the country are now able to earn continuing education credits through our online session led by CHAMPS Oncology’s team of cancer registry professionals.

I had a chance to talk to some of our CHAMPS Oncology team members who have attended our session.

“I whole-heartedly believe attending CHAMPS Oncology’s Educational Session was extremely beneficial since this field is constantly evolving and requirements are always changing,” said Juliann Sutton, BA, MLT (ASCP)cm, CTR and CHAMPS Oncology Cancer Information Specialist. “CHAMPS Oncology is staying on top of these changes and is keeping their customers and CTRs informed and ready to focus on better data to save lives.”

Juliann also added that training provided CoC information, templates, operational standards and the 2020 survey results that were “indispensable” to her.

I also spoke with Karen Mordarski, RHIT, CTR regarding what she learned during the “Patient Care: Expectations and Protocols” (Standards 5.3 to 5.8) module.

“When I attended the session, I found it very interesting that the CoC wants to standardize the operative reporting language for breast, melanoma, colon, rectum and lung where specific lymph node documentation, which is crucial for reporting of optimal patient standard of care, but also for CTRs to correctly code,” said Karen. “Regarding breast cancer, this dovetails into the NAPBC standards on SLN reporting. If you look at it, these sites are primary in the following accreditations: NAPBC, NAPRC and overall CoC.”

Additionally, Karen shared that the primary message from the CoC is that, with standardized operative reports, CTRs will have consistency in concise SLN coding. “In my opinion, it seems like CTRs are still struggling in some of these areas. The session helped to clear things up for me,” she said.

The session is now available to purchase for the low, introductory price of $50. Click here to purchase and attend the online education session.

Interested in learning how CHAMPS Oncology can help your cancer program navigate recent CoC standards updates? Contact us.

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Karen Schmidt, CTR

Karen Schmidt

17+ Years of Cancer Registry Experience

ASK ME ABOUTMaximizing Registry Data for Administrative Planning, Migration Analysis & Financial Impact, Streamlining Registry Processes, Cancer Program Standards

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