Cancer: Evidence-based Guidelines for Identification, Management and Documentation

Activity description

In the US, an estimated 1.8 million new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2020, the most common being prostate, breast, lung and colorectal cancer. Cancer documentation is often a source of frustration for clinicians, as simply documenting “malignant neoplasm of…” is not enough to establish the presence of active cancer vs a personal history of cancer. Recognizing and avoiding common pitfalls associated with documenting cancer, along with accuracy and specificity, can help providers minimize documentation insufficiencies.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, coders and other health care professionals interested in the care of individuals with a cancer.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize common pitfalls associated with documenting cancer.
  • Discuss documentation accuracy in identification of primary vs secondary cancer sites.
  • Describe documentation specificity related to common blood and bone marrow cancers.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAPC
  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Joshua Jacobs, MD, FAAFPJoshua Jacobs, MD, FAAFP
National Medical Director, Provider Intelligence
Clinical Performance, OptumCare

About the presenter
Dr. Jacobs is a family physician and educator with 20 years of clinical, academic and leadership experience. In his various roles, he has established new organizational systems to empower clinicians, administrators, researchers, students and staff to thrive and succeed. Examples include moving the national dialog in the US in medical education services to be more student-centric and evidence-informed using principles of design thinking; helping the country of Singapore transition, accredit and modernize its medical educational model; consulting for the Japanese government on national patient safety initiatives; creating and overseeing a successful medical device start-up company’s research arm culminating in successful FDA approval; and establishing a new US liaison committee on medical education (LCME)-accredited medical school. He has extensive experience in designing and presenting training sessions, as well as editing, publishing and grant writing in the field of medicine.

Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
OptumHealth Education

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation Statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and OptumCare. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit Designation Statements
Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

AAPC-Certified Coders
This program meets AAPC guidelines for 1.0 CEU. Can be used for Core A, CANPC and CHONC with successful completion of post-test for continuing education units.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AAPC
  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 Attendance
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