The Cancer Registrar is a staff position located under the Cancer Program Section of Nuclear Medicine Service at VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas (VANTHCS). This position supports the care and treatment given to patients with malignant conditions. Incumbent is responsible for coding, abstracting and reporting required information and data elements related to the cancer registry.
Thoroughly searches the medical record to identify and code all information pertinent to the patient's diagnosis. This includes demographics, diagnosis, site and histology, diagnostic procedures, extent of disease, and treatment.
The incumbent must follow these patients until their death, entering the progression of their disease into the computer program, using narrative and coding as required. Each patient abstract is updated as recurrences develop and annual follow-up is completed.
Analyzes the consistency of coding of registry data, cancer diagnosis, histology, treatment, (including surgical procedures, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormonal therapy and radiation therapy).
The incumbent submits data monthly to the VA Central Cancer Registry, per directives, submits data to the American College of Surgeon's National Cancer Database annually, and submits data to the Texas Tumor Registry in accordance with the VHA Handbook 1605.
Incumbent is responsible for providing advisory and technical service to administrative, medical, and ancillary professional staff as it relates to the integration of the Cancer Committee policy and procedures, the accreditation standards of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Program, the VA Oncology Program, and the National Cancer Institute's SEER Program.
Independently maintains a registry that is continuously prepared for a Commission on Cancer survey, to include the necessary documentation needed for the surveyor's review.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday/ 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Experience. One year of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record. Six months of the required one year of experience must have provided the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) needed to perform MRT work.
(2) Education. Two years above high school with a minimum of 12 semester hours directly related to MRT work (e.g., courses in medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, and introduction to health records).
(3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. The following educational/training substitutions are appropriate for combining education and experience:
(a) Six months of experience that indicates knowledge of medical terminology and general understanding of the health record and one year above high school with a minimum of 6 semester hours of health information technology courses.
(b) Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or hospital training obtained in a training program given by the Armed Forces or the U.S. Maritime Service under close medical and professional supervision may be substituted on a month-for-month basis for up to six months of experience provided the training program included courses in anatomy, physiology, and medical record techniques and procedures. Preferred Experience: Be a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) through the National Cancer Registrars Association certification board
Completion of an Associate's degree or higher in Cancer Registry Management (CRM) or Cancer Information Management (CIM) from an NCRA-accredited Program OR Successful completion of a minimum of any Associate's degree in any field and a certificate in CRM or CIM from an NCRA-accredited Program OR Successful completion of a minimum of any Associate's degree in any field and two semesters of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology
3 years of experience working in a Cancer Registry position
Experience working with the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as well as knowledge of the Cancer Program accreditation standards
Grade Determinations: GS-8 MRT (Cancer Registrar) Full Performance Level
(a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
(b) Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1.In-depth knowledge of professional registry operations;
2.Advanced knowledge of medical terminology, staging of cancer, and requirements of internal and external approving organizations;
3.Knowledge of cancer committee processes and procedures in order to improve patient care and verify compliance with ACoS and/or facility standards;
4.Ability to serve as a subject-matter-expert on cancer programs for the medical center; and
5.Skill in utilizing electronic health records and cancer registry software.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/79 PART II APPENDIX G35
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-08.
The work is mostly sedentary. Physical demands may require lifting (5 lbs and under); moderate carrying (5 lbs and under); intermittent pushing (up to 1 hour daily); reaching above shoulder; moderate key boarding (4-6 hours), walking (up to 3 hours); intermittent standing (up to 3 hours); repeated bending (up to 1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 24" to 36"; hearing (aid permitted).
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Drug test required
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