Spring 2020 NAACCR Narrative Leave a comment

Jim Hofferkamp, BA, CTR
NAACCR Program Manager of Education & Training



Have you had a chance to look at the NAACCR Education and Training Calendar?


There is a lot happening in the spring, summer, and fall of 2020! Let me point a few of the highlights


NAACCR 2020 Virtual Conference

Since you can’t join us for the NAACCR Annual Conference in Philadelphia this year, we are bringing the conference to you! Well, maybe not the whole conference, but we are bringing you the plenary speakers:

https://www.naaccr2020.org/plenary-speakers .

Registration is free and everyone is invited to join:


All sessions will be recorded and posted to the NAACCR Education page:




Keep an eye on the NAACCR Education and Training Calendar. We have two NAACCR talks scheduled in the next couple of months and several more still in the planning phase. NAACCR talks are free webinars developed in conjunction with the NAACCR Research and Data Use Steering Committee. All presentations are recorded and made available to everyone at https://education.naaccr.org/freewebinars


V21 webinars

2021 will not see as many changes to the registry world as we saw in 2018, but the changes are not insignificant. NAACCR is doing everything we can to make sure registries have the time and resources to absorb these changes! NAACCR is planning on hosting webinars on the following topics.

  • Grade 2021-While there are only relatively minor updates to the grade data for 2021, the NAACCR SSDI WG felt it was time to have another free training on the Grade data items. This webinar will be similar to the free grade webinar given in 2018, but will include updates that have occurred since the previous presentation and will include instructions for the new grade data item Grade Post Therapy Clin (YC). We expect this webinar to be presented in late August.
  • SSDI 2021-During this webinar we will review all of the updates to the current SSDIs and review the coding instructions for the new SSDIs. This webinar will be free and we expect it to be presented in late November or early December.
  • ICDO-3.2 and updates to the Solid Tumor Rules-During this webinar we will review changes in histology coding as we move to ICD-O 3.2. We will also review changes to the Solid Tumor rules and how registrars should use ICD O 3.2 along with the Solid Tumor Rules to assign histology.
  • Customizing a Central Registry Edits Metafile-NAACCR will be hosting an online training for central registry edit metafile administrators. During this training we will review the basics of customizing a central registry edits metafile and how update a central registry metafile to accommodate an .xml record.


NAACCR 2019-2020 Webinar Series (this season)

With so many people unexpectedly working from home these past few months, NAACCR has given all of our subscribers (at no additional charge) the option to have their staff the option to login from home rather than viewing the webinars in a group setting. We will continue this option at least through July. Once things start to get back to normal, we will no longer be able to offer this option. However, we do offer a very reasonable priced option for staff working remotely. If you purchase a full webinar series, you can have up to 5 staff members login remotely for just an extra $300. That means up to 5 staff have full remote access to all 12 webinars for the one-time fee!

  • +1 Remote Staff Member $100
  • +3 Remote Staff Members $200
  • +5 Remote Staff Members $300


NAACCR 2020-2021 Webinar Series (next season)

Registration is now open. We have a great line-up this year with all-star trainers! https://20tqtx36s1la18rvn82wcmpn-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Webinar-Sched-Descrip-2020-2021.docx


NAACCR CTR Prep and Review Series

At the time of this article we are preparing for week 7 of our 8-week series. We have a great group this session! They have been very active on the discussion boards and have had lots of questions during our live sessions! Our next series will start 8 weeks prior to the October testing window. NCRA has scheduled an additional testing window in September. We will not have a series prior to that session.


Questions, comments, or suggestions?

Send me an email at jhofferkamp@naaccr.org

Angela Martin

Jim Hofferkamp



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