October 8, 2007

Care Communications Signs Agreement With American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

Care Communications, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in healthcare information management (HIM), today announced it has signed an agreement with the American College of Surgeons' (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC), a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients, to provide its cancer registry services to support the annual National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) Call for Data.

"We're excited to have the opportunity to assist with this process," said Laurie Hebert, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CTR, director of cancer registry services at Care Communications. "The Commission on Cancer plays a vital role in cancer education and research, helping to improve the quality of care for cancer patients around the world."

The CoC assists hospital cancer programs in an effort to maintain the highest level of data quality possible. Cancer registry data submissions are valuable resources utilized to assess and improve the quality of care for patients with cancer. This information enables cancer programs to compare treatment and outcomes with regional, state and national benchmarks. Data collected include patient characteristics, tumor staging and histology characteristics, type of first course treatment administered, disease recurrence, and survival information. These data elements are collected and submitted to the NCDB during its annual Call for Data.

Care Communications is in place to support cancer registrars from across the country through each step of the NCDB data receipt process, including data submission, edits, corrections, and report administration. This type of cancer registry expertise is hard to come by due to the industry's workforce shortage, especially during the NCDB's annual Call for Data.

About The Commission on Cancer

Established by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) in 1922, the multidisciplinary CoC establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care settings; conducts surveys in health care settings to assess compliance with those standards; collects standardized data from CoC-accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality; uses data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities, and develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings.

About Care Communications, Inc.

Care Communications is a nationally recognized leader in Health Information Management (HIM) and has served the needs of leading healthcare organizations since 1976. Care Communications' Systems-based Leadership and Change ManagementTM approach offers healthcare organizations the industry's most focused, effective and comprehensive suite of HIM services. From consulting and change leadership to outsourced coding and staffing, the nation's most successful hospitals turn to Care Communications for help with their most challenging HIM issues. Care Communications is a VHA, Inc. preferred HIM vendor. For more information, visit www.carecommunications.com.