Theresa Hayden

Theresa Hayden

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  • in reply to: Concurrent abstracting and 2018 #6431
    AnonymousTheresa Hayden
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    For some further background, we presently abstract all of our hospital’s cases concurrently, with about 10% being completed within a month of date of first contact.
    I realize that “concurrent” may differ from one person or organization to another. For us, that means any time we are handling a suspense case (incoming casefinding documentation or staging forms, entering treatment information from preceding month’s new start lists for systemic or radiation treatment, preparing tumor board summaries, generating survivorship forms, etc), the text and coding is updated to reflect all information currently available. Thus at completion 4-6 months out, there is little to be added and often it is more of a data quality check.

    in reply to: Concurrent abstracting and 2018 #6430
    AnonymousTheresa Hayden
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    I strongly agree with Karen Mason’s comment. Concurrent abstracting is integral not only to our cancer registry operations, but to our clinical operations as well. I believe there must be a hard line in the sand as far as time is concerned so that changes can be implemented into vendors’ software and installed for their clients PRIOR to the effective date for any change. It should no longer be acceptable to have effective dates precede implementation dates.

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