Job Facility: University of Maryland Medical Center
Employment Type: Full Time
What You Will Do:
Under general supervision, identifies, registers, and maintains records of all cancer patients by utilizing the IMPAC-MRS system. Analyze registry data; disseminate information in accordance with professional ethics. Assure data quality, work effectively and efficiently, as well as consistent and accurate communication with other Medical System staff, the Maryland Cancer Registry and other oncology data coordinators throughout the State. Manages the tumor registry’s registrars and abstracters
Principal Responsibilities and Tasks
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Performs daily coding and abstracting activities of the Tumor Registry area.
Identifies all cases of malignant diseases treated at the MedicalCenter.
Abstracts information from patient medical records through intensive medical record review and enters the information into the abstract computer system. Abstract information should include at a minimum, demographic characteristics, history of cancer, diagnostic procedures, diagnosis, state, extent of disease and treatment.
Maintains records of living patients to obtain end-result information on the quality and length of survival.
Codes oncology data.
Codes diagnoses (including typography and morphology) of identified cancer patients using ICD-0 (oncology) 3rd Edition coding guidelines and principles.
Ensures a coding accuracy rate of at least 95% and enters assigned codes into the computer abstracting system.
Codes and abstracts a minimum of eight charts per day .
Organizes input and maintains patient computer data to ensure conformance with operational standards for tumor registry and to meet the needs of the users of registry data.
Preserves the confidentiality and security of patient data stored in tumor registry files
Performs collaborative staging of all cases entered into the registry requiring staging.
Facilitates open communication with medical, nursing and allied health staff to ensure compliance with medical record policies, procedures and requirements.
Observes hospital and departmental policies and procedures.
Attends and participates in regular department meetings, in-service training and other seminars and relevant professional/technical activities.
Provides technical assistance to other external Cancer Registries, as needed.
Maintains current credentials as an Registered Health Information Technician /Certified Tumor Registrar by attending appropriate continuing education credit courses.
Participates in educational activities of local, state and national tumor registrar associations as appropriate.
What You Need to Be Successful:
Education and Experience
Certification as Certified Tumor Registrar (or eligible) from the National Cancer Registrar Association is required. Minimum of an Associate Degree or other health information management credentials (CCS, CCS-P, RHIT, RHIA, CPC, CPC-9, etc.) preferred.
Progressive experience as a health information technician or manager in a Tumor Registry, HIM Department or similar function.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of FORDS Manual, Collaborative Staging, Multiple Primaries and Histology Manual required
Proficient knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and medical records science, to include documentation requirements--both regulatory and institutional—record assembly and analysis, coding, abstracting, research methods/data-gathering and automated record management applications
Knowledge of personal computer, medical records applications, IMPAC-MRS and general familiarity with mainframe Hospital Information System programs. Basic understanding of anatomy and physiology is necessary in order to read and interpret medical record documentation
Ability to monitor daily work activities, and assist with training and evaluating the performance of clerical medical records staff assigned to the unit, as necessary
Ability to operate a personal computer
Effective oral and written communication skills are required to work with hospital staff and outside vendors and/or agencies as appropriate