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Sunshine Hospital is a 235-bed teaching hospital in Marin County, California with generating revenue of more than $700 million last year. It employs 1,220 employees, 698 multidisciplinary physicians, and has renowned regional cardiology and oncology programs, specializing in lung cancer. It is JCAHO and URAC accredited, has cancer research funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through 2010, and has achieved a three-year accreditation with commendation by the Commission on Cancer.
The Oncology Care Committee is a multidisciplinary 20-member committee, chaired by the chief oncologist, and includes regular members a pathologist, anesthesiologist, diagnostic radiologist, several surgeons of various specialties, lead oncology nurse, Director of Nursing, Director of Social Services, Director of Health Education, Director of Quality Services, Director of Dietary Services, pharmacist (Pharm D), and a hospital administrator. Other departments, or professions, are included on an ad hoc basis. The primary purpose of this committee is to establish the direction of the oncology program at Sunshine Hospital, evaluate the oncology protocols and quality of care using internal and external data, and make recommendations for improvement to meet regulatory and accreditation standards.
It is that time of the year when the 2007 Sunshine Hospital Annual Report is being developed to be distributed to not only medical staff, but also patients and community leaders. After having been at the Executive Committee meeting the previous day, John Anderson, HIM Director, has called two key members of the HIM department together to discuss the data required for this report, which is due in two months - you and the data analyst. It is your responsibility to develop the yearly Cancer Registry Annual Report, which is used for the hospital's Annual Report.
You are an RHIT and Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) by The National Cancer Registrars Association’s (NCRA). You are responsible for administrative oversight and support of the program, including compiling the data for the cancer registry program and coding all cancers, statistical breakdown of specific cancers and stages, and patient demographics of the patients; support the NIH research grant; and reporting statistics to the organizational Cancer Committee, Morbidity and Mortality Committee, and other committes as requested.
As the Cancer Registrar, you are responsible for the development of the yearly Cancer Registry Annual Report, which is used for the hospital's Annual Report. The HIM Director has tasked you to present the initial required data listed below to him in an Excel spreadsheet and graphs within four weeks for his review.
After his approval (and instructor grading and feedback), you will then develop the the Cancer Registry Annual Report using the compiled data from Week 4, and additional key requirements for incorporation into the Sunshine Hospital's yearly report by the CEO.
The completed project is due in Week 7. The length of the paper should be 7-9 pages (excluding title and reference pages), double spaced, and in APA format.
Don't forget to cite your sources properly in APA format, both parenthetically and in your reference page.