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CANCER REGISTRAR

Class Title: CANCER REGISTRAR
Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 098690

Education and Experience: Certified as a Cancer Registrar by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).

OR

Letter of eligibility from the NCRA Council on Certification to sit for the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) examination.

The NCRA eligibility requirements are as follows:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in cancer data management or cancer registry recognized by the National Board for Certification of Registrars.

OR

Experience equivalent to one year of full-time work in the cancer registry field and graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in one of the following allied health fields recognized by the National Board for Certification of Registrars: Physician’s Assistant, Medicine/Physician, Nursing/Registered Nurse (LPN or LVN), Protocol Data Management, Health Information Management technician, Health Information Management Administrator, Radiology and Laboratory Technology, Radiation Technology, or Public Health.

OR

Experience equivalent to one year of full-time work in cancer registry and credentialed or licensed status in the following allied health fields recognized by the National Board for Certification of Registrars: Physician’s Assistant, Medicine/Physician, Nursing/Registered Nurse (LPN or LVN), Protocol Data Management, Health Information Management technician, Health Information Management Administrator, Radiology and Laboratory Technology, Radiation Technology, or Public Health.

OR

Experience equivalent to two years of full-time work in the cancer registry field.
Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: The satisfactory completion and passing of the Certified Tumor Registrar examination is required within one-year of state employment as a Cancer Registrar.

Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Career Service positions.

Job Overview:

Summary: Under general supervision, performs cancer case monitoring and abstracting duties of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: An employee in this class edits and monitors cancer case data reported to the Tennessee Cancer Registry, identifies new cancer cases, and provides training to new registrars and continuing education to existing registrars.

Work Activities: 1. Maintains records of patients diagnosed or treated for cancer; receives data from hospitals, free standing treatment centers, laboratories, and physician offices; codes and verifies data for accuracy, completeness, and timeliness; links data to other existing cancer data in the Cancer Registry System (CRS).

2. Provides feedback to hospitals about the quality of cancer information; produces publications, completion reports, and other follow-up patient information for the release of data for public use and other government services dealing with cancer programs, early detection, and education and awareness; assists in the statistical analysis of the data and interpreting and writing the results.

3. Trains registrars across the state on coding procedures, identifying topography and morphology, use of code books and staging manuals, correct staging technique, and basic tumor registry operations and reporting activities; answers questions and concerns of registrars; communicates on telephone, visits facilities, conducts one on one sessions on coding and registry, and participates in group statewide training seminars and conferences; develops training agendas for regional/area registrars.

4. Continually confirms and updates reported information about the quality of life and length of survival of cancer patients; contacts reporting facilities and health care practitioners or attending physicians monthly for patient follow-up information and accesses vital statistical databases (e.g., death files and other hospital discharge data); codes case changes into CRS and recalculates vital statistics.

5. Performs case finding and re-abstracting studies to ensure quality and completeness of data records; travels to reporting facilities, reviews discharge summary logs and medical records, compares findings to existing data in tumor registry database, determines missed cases of cancer and identifies erroneous and inconsistent data.

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