CHAMPS' Brenda Mileto Discusses Highlights from the NCRA Education Conference

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In CHAMPS Oncology's most recent blog post, Highlights from the NCRA Education Conference, Brenda Mileto shares her thoughts on the topic.

Brenda Mileto, Senior Manager of Training and Education, CHAMPS Oncology

In CHAMPS Oncology's most recent blog post, Highlights from the NCRA Education Conference, Brenda Mileto shares her thoughts on the topic. This year’s NCRA Education Conference was extremely worthwhile, explains Mileto. It was a pleasure to see some familiar faces, meet new ones and gain some valuable information to share.

Many of our readers are involved with Commission on Cancer (CoC) accredited facilities, or may be in the process of seeking initial accreditation. If this is true, you are certainly no stranger to the many changes that have taken place over the years, specifically with the Cancer Programs Standards manual, now referred to as Cancer Program Standards 2012 Version 1.2.1: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care. Based on the information received from the CoC during one of their presentations at the NCRA Education Conference, the changes will keep coming.

When Standard 5.2, more commonly known as the abstracting timeliness standard, morphed into a commendation-only rating standard for facilities participating in the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS), Mileto knew from her years as a CoC-trained consultant that it was only a matter of time before participation in this system became a requirement. While the exact timeframe was not announced, cancer programs across the country can expect to see this change in the near future.

Also added to the list of changes was the announcement of two future standards centered on the overuse of unknown codes and recurrence information. There was very limited information on what this means exactly, so stay tuned for more details from Oncology Outlook when news becomes available.

Mileto closes her blog by asking readers if they attended the NCRA Education Conference last week and if so, what were their key takeaways.

To learn more about the CHAMPS Oncology Outlook blog, visit

In this transforming healthcare environment of patient-centered care, CHAMPS Oncology - like cancer program administrators, clinicians, industry leaders - understands the importance of quality cancer information for administrative planning, clinical outcomes and performance measures to improve quality of cancer care. CHAMPS Oncology’s team of cancer information specialists and multi-credentialed certified tumor registrars (CTRs) strategically partners with cancer programs nationwide offering customized strategies and solutions that best complement the respected cancer programs they are privileged to assist. CHAMPS Oncology specializes in cancer information management, cancer program consulting, informatics, data quality and education, and quality initiatives. For more about CHAMPS Oncology, please contact Toni Hare, RHIT, CTR, Commission on Cancer-trained consultant and vice president, at 216.255.3716 or by email.

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