Winter 2018 NAACCR Narrative Leave a comment

Lori Swain, MS
National Cancer Registrars Association & NCRA Education Foundation

NCRA is pleased to announce that our work to create a more specific Standard Occupational Classification for Cancer Registrars has been successful! The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced yesterday the creation of the new distinct detailed occupation code of “Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars” in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.

The new detailed occupation code reflects the increase use of data to improve medical treatment and care and the critical role cancer registrars play in collecting that data. The new code will also ensure that the statistics on the cancer registry workforce will be more accurate, providing a clearer understanding of the current and future workforce needs; correct salary information will help recruit and retain qualified individuals; and skill-appropriate personnel will be hired to fill cancer registrar positions at both the central and hospital levels.

As you have heard me speak about previously; this is something NCRA has been working on since 2004! Starting with the 2020 census cancer registrars will no longer be related as a profession to 29-2071 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians! Here is info on our new SOC location and details:

29-9021: Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars

“Apply knowledge of healthcare and information systems to assist in the design, development, and continued modification and analysis of computerized healthcare systems. Abstract, collect, and analyze treatment and follow-up information of patients. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the healthcare information system. May design, develop, test, and implement databases with complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status to help monitor diseases.”

Illustrative examples: Cancer Registrar, Health Informatics Specialist, Health Information Analyst

Our press release on this success is attached for your information.  Thanks to you for your support in helping this come to fruition.




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