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For the Record: Evolving cancer registry requirements

UC Clermont faculty member discusses the important role of cancer registrars in healthcare audits

The publication For The Record recently turned to a UC Clermont expert for help understanding cancer registry requirements. 

In the July/August issue of For the Record, the professional publication for health information managers, Linette Kallaos, an adjunct instructor at UC Clermont in the cancer registry program, says proper data maintenance is essential, noting that the Commission on Cancer requires cancer programs to produce three years of information to be reviewed during an audit.

Kallaos further explains the integral role of cancer registrars in the audit process and how organizations can be better prepared for future audits.

“Preparing for the audit is an enormous task that uses a lot of cancer program resources,” Kallaos says. “It’s really about finding an organized and efficient way to collect the required data so it can easily be entered ... Facilities that have a good plan in place when beginning the ACoS audit process will be the most successful on the day of the survey.”

A cancer registry is an information system designed for the collection, storage and management of data on cancer patients. Registries help clinicians and others get a clearer picture of progress in the efforts to reduce the cancer burden.

UC Clermont College offers an entirely online Cancer Registry Management certificate for students interested in training to become cancer registars. 

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