Certified Tumor Registrar (Ctr) - Quality Assurance

State Of Massachusetts Boston , MA 02298

Posted 4 months ago

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's (DPH) Massachusetts Cancer Registry (MCR) is seeking an individual to assist in data acquisition activities and reporting from hospital and non-hospital sources for completeness of case reporting and correctness of cancer data. The incumbent performs follow-up on audit results to improve the quality of incoming data, providing feedback to reporting hospitals on audits results, and monitoring demographic data assignment. This position functions as a "Certified Tumor Registrar" for the Massachusetts Cancer Registry in the coordination of Data Acquisition and Quality Control.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Assists in case processing of incoming cancer incidence data from hospital and non-hospital sources.

  • Participates in quality control activities for incoming hospital and non-hospital cancer incidence data reports.

  • Conducts quality assurance site visits and case finding audits and resolves conflicts with reporting sources.

  • Receives, reviews, proofreads, and determines the most effective and efficient methods for accomplishing all incoming work.

  • Recommends improvements to incoming MCR data to better comply with state and national standards

  • Maintains records of audits performed, including amount of time spent at regional reporting facilities and number of cases examined.

  • Performs follow-up on acquired cases; requests and follows-back pathology-only cases from hospitals.

  • Assists the Data Analyst and Epidemiologists in assessing data quality for specific reports/studies.

  • Advises MCR and departmental staff on correct tumor site/histology coding, disease staging and treatment data assignments.

  • Reviews MCR data for duplicate case reports and consults with hospital personnel to resolve duplication questions.

  • Attends meetings, training sessions and workgroups as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to assemble, analyze, summarize and draw conclusions from data, and make appropriate recommendations concerning data.

  • Skilled in preparing and utilizing charts, graphs and tables as well as general reports.

  • Ability to handle confidential materials and work in a professional and courteous manner.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the principles, procedures, and terminology of malignant disease staging and tumor classification by primary site and histology.

  • In-depth knowledge of medical records and ICDO2, ICDO3, ICD9, ICD10, Solid and Hematopoietic Multiple Primary Rules and Collaborative Stage coding systems, AJCC Staging Manual 8th Edition, and SEER Summary Staging Manual 2018.

  • Demonstrated experience with data quality control for public health or healthcare data.

  • Capacity to gather data by examining medical records and pathology reports and determine its applicability to MCR reporting.

  • General understanding of the regulations and issues concerning MCR data confidentiality, and ability to explain and administer these rules.

  • Capacity to maintain systems to facilitate workflow; demonstrated skills prioritizing and organizing workload.

  • Superb attention to detail and accuracy, including the use of proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, data and numbers

  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, work under pressure and perform a variety of tasks in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the aptitude to work independently and collaborate with multiple staff including providers.

  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

Special Requirements:

The National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) certification as a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) or eligibility to sit for the CTR certification exam is required.

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

About the Department of Public Health:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions, please contact Health Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 Ext. #2.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for the required experience.*

II. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.*

  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License may be required.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Certified Tumor Registrar (Ctr) - Quality Assurance

State Of Massachusetts