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Data Coordinators are responsible for reviewing all forms of HIPAA medical documentation for state mandated cancer registration and code over 300 data items for each new cancer diagnosis. In this position, one will be expected to consistently document and classify demographic, incidence, molecular, histologic, treatment and survival information following complex guidelines promulgated and annually updated by the national standard setters (i.e., SEER, CoC, NPCR and NAACCR). Because this data is used to address clinical, epidemiologic and public health questions at both the local and national level, all staff members are required to participate in ongoing daily training to maintain a high level of technical accuracy demanded of this data. Nearly all aspects of this position are performed on a computer and from reading online source material. This is a reading-intensive position and requires someone who is capable of working independently.
This position will work to support the Cancer Surveillance System (CSS), which was established in 1974 under contract with the U.S. National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program. Its mission is to provide high quality data on all newly-diagnosed cancers (except non-melanoma skin cancers) occurring in residents of 13 counties in northwest Washington State. The CSS annual caseload is approximately 31,000 records.
The expectation is that the successful applicant's educational background prepares a person to move quickly from Data Coordinator Trainee to Data Coordinator I and II positions. The DC Trainee learns the specialized registry operations database management software and processes. DC I and DC II performs all routine daily responsibilities with minimal supervision. DC III and DC IV perform quality control on DC Trainee, DC I, and DC II providing daily written feedback. DC IV requires Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) credential in addition to meeting DC IV performance benchmarks.