guidelines for cancer data reporting

guidelines for cancer data reporting
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The Florida Cancer Data System (FCDS) is charged with maintaining a high quality database of useable,
timely, complete and accurate cancer data for every reportable case of cancer diagnosed or treated in the state
of Florida. The FCDS Data Acquisition Manual (FCDS DAM) includes guidelines and instructions for case
identification, case eligibility (which cases must be reported to FCDS), abstracting and coding, and multiple
appendices that are referenced throughout the manual. The manual only addresses data items that are required
by FCDS and the Florida Department of Health to support Florida’s statewide, population-based cancer
registry. These guidelines have been established as a means to achieve and maintain this objective.
All reporting facilities, regardless of affiliation, MUST adhere to the following guidelines for cancer data
reporting. The instructions and codes in this manual take precedence over all previous instructions/manuals.
It is the responsibility of both the reporting facility and the facility abstractor (or contractor) to be familiar with
and understand the content of the most current version of the FCDS Data Acquisition Manual and to update it
upon receipt of any changes from FCDS. This responsibility exists without regard to whether or not case
abstracting and reporting is being performed by an employee of the reporting facility or through some
contractual arrangement with an independent abstracting agency or individual within or outside the state of
Florida.
CONFIDENTIALITY - Patient information, personal health information, medical records and
healthcare facility data are all confidential and continue to be a concern with regard to cancer and other
disease reporting. Please do not fax or email patient information to FCDS. Also, please take care when
discussing cases over the phone with FCDS staff.
DO NOT E-MAIL, FAX OR MAIL PATIENT INFORMATION (PHI) TO FCDS UNDER ANY
CIRCUMSTANCES unless you are provided specific instructions for using our Secure Fax Service.
A.
CASE ELIGIBILITY
Florida facilities are legislatively mandated to report any case of cancer meeting the Florida “cancer”
definition, regardless of facility or network affiliation or Class of Case. FCDS requires complete abstracting of
cancer cases that the Commission on Cancer/American College of Surgeons may not require.
If your facility participates in the diagnosis, staging, treatment, or continuing care of a patient during the first
course of treatment, progression of disease or disease recurrence the case must be reported to FCDS. If any
diagnostic, staging, or other evaluative studies are conducted at your facility (diagnostic imaging, re-biopsy,
sentinel node biopsy, surgical resection or other staging or treatment, etc.) your facility must report the case
regardless of the Class of Case. “Consult-Only” cases MAY be an exception to reporting.
A “consult only” case is any case where the facility provides a second opinion or review of earlier studies
without additional testing at your facility. A second opinion may include re-reading pathology slides or rereading diagnostic imaging studies. If your facility does not perform any additional testing, the case may not
be reportable to FCDS. However, if you facility does any additional testing for this or any other cancer and
they have evidence of disease or are undergoing treatment for cancer, the case is reportable.
Exception 1: Patients undergoing planned first course or later course hormonal treatment for breast or
prostate cancer that continue to demonstrate no active neoplasm should not be reported. Any patient
with active malignancy (any evidence of disease) must be reported.
Exception 2: Patients seen in an ambulatory care setting for “port-a-cath” placement where no
chemotherapeutic or anti-neoplastic agent(s) is injected into the port do not need to be reported.
However, many Florida healthcare facilities including Commission on Cancer/American College of
Surgeons accredited cancer programs continue to report these cases as part of monitoring the full
continuum of patient care.
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Please note that many types of drugs may be administered through a “port-a-cath” delivery system. The
medical record and medication flow sheets MUST be reviewed and cannot include administration of any antineoplastic agent(s) through the port-a-cath for the case to meet this exclusion criterion. If any anti-neoplastic
agent is administered at the reporting facility, either as an outpatient or inpatient, the case must be reported.
Note: Facilities may opt to abstract and report “port-a-cath” placement cases at their discretion.
1. Reportable Patients
All patients first seen at the reporting facility on or after January 1, 1981 (July 1, 1997 for freestanding/ambulatory surgery centers and freestanding radiation therapy centers), whether as an
inpatient, outpatient or in an ambulatory care setting, who meet one or more of the following criteria
must be reported:
a) ........ all patients with an active, malignant neoplasm (in-situ or invasive), whether being treated or
not,
b) ........ all patients with an active, benign or borderline brain or central nervous system (CNS) tumor,
diagnosed on or after 01/01/2004, whether being treated or not
c) ................... all patients undergoing prophylactic or adjuvant therapy for malignancy,
d) ........ all patients diagnosed at autopsy,
e) ........ all historical cases that meet FCDS reportability guidelines.
2. Not Reportable Patients
a) ........ patients seen only in consultation to provide a second opinion to confirm a diagnosis or a
treatment plan (no additional testing can be performed at your facility or the case is reportable),
b) ........ patients in remission (NED) and not receiving prophylactic or adjuvant therapy,
c) ........ patients first seen at the reporting facility prior to January 1, 1981 (July 1, 1997 for freestanding centers) and returning after that date for the same primary malignant neoplasm,
d) ........ patients who receive transient care to avoid interrupting a course of therapy started elsewhere.
3. Reportable Neoplasms
Determination of whether or not a given primary neoplasm is reportable is made by reference to the
morphology and behavior codes of the International Classification of Diseases for Oncology including
any approved updates or errata published by WHO and approved by NAACCR for ICD-O-3. Three
newly reportable conditions were introduced with the 2010 Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Neoplasm
Case Reportability and Coding Manual. Please refer to the most current version of the Hematopoietic
Database and Manual for complete reporting instructions.
a) In Situ and Invasive Cancers - FCDS includes primary malignancies which are in situ and/or
invasive. Therefore, any cancer with an ICD-O behavior code of /2 (in situ) or /3
(invasive/malignant) is reportable to FCDS (except carcinoma in situ of the cervix, CIN III, or
PIN III). Cancers with benign or borderline behavior are discussed elsewhere in this section.
If a tumor with an ICD-O behavior code of /0 or /1 is determined to be in-situ or invasive by the
manner in which it is behaving (in malignant fashion), or by a pathologist, the case is reportable.
i.
Vaginal Intraepithelial Neoplasia (VAIN III) and Vulvar Intraepithelial Neoplasia (VIN
III) are reportable to FCDS and should be included in casefinding activities.
ii.
Pancreatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia (PAIN III) is reportable to FCDS (histology 8148/2)
and should be included in casefinding activities.
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iii.
*Glandular Intraepithelial Neoplasia, Grade III/High Grade Glandular Dysplasia is
reportable as adenocarcinoma in situ of the esophagus with histology code 8148/2.
iv.
In Utero Diagnosis and Treatment – beginning in 2009, diagnosis and treatment dates for
a fetus prior to birth are to be assigned the actual date of the event. In the past, those dates
were set by rule to the date the baby was born. The exact date may be used for cases
diagnosed prior to 2009 and must be used for cases diagnosed 1/1/2009 and later.
v.
New terminology may be used by your local pathologist to describe malignant or in situ
neoplasms (i.e. well differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasm). When this occurs the
neoplasm is reportable to FCDS.
*Note 1: AJCC TNM Manual, 7th edition states for Esophageal Cancers: “High grade dysplasia
includes all non-invasive neoplastic epithelia that was formerly called carcinoma in situ, a
diagnosis that is no longer used for columnar mucosae anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract.”
Therefore, all high grade/severe dysplasia of esophagus are reportable as carcinoma in situ.
*Note 2: AJCC TNM Manual, 7th edition states for Colon Cancers: “The terms ‘high grade
dysplasia’ and ‘severe dysplasia’ may be used as synonymous for in situ adenocarcinoma and in
situ carcinoma. These cases should be assigned a pTis.” It is necessary to contact your pathologist
and/or cancer committee to determine if s/he applies this definition to all colon cancers. If so,
high grade/severe dysplasia of any colon site is reportable as carcinoma in situ.
b) Specified malignant neoplasms of the skin; dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, Kaposi sarcoma,
malignant melanoma, merkel cell carcinoma, mycosis fungoides, sebaceous adenocarcinoma, and
sweat gland adenocarcinoma are reportable conditions.
c) Gastro-intestinal stromal tumors (GIST) and thymomas are often non-malignant. However,
they must be abstracted and assigned a Behavior Code of /3 if they are noted to have multiple foci,
metastasis, or positive lymph nodes or there is other evidence of malignancy noted by surgeon,
pathologist, or during clinical workup following initial diagnosis.
d) Basal and squamous skin cancers in genital sites (histology codes 8000-8110) are reportable.
“Genital Sites” include the following anatomic locations:
C51.0 - C51.1 – Labia
C51.2 - Clitoris
C51.8 - C51.9 - Vulva
C52.9 - Vagina
C60.0 - Prepuce
C60.9 - Penis
C63.2 - Scrotum
d) Benign and Borderline Cancers - Benign and borderline primary intracranial and central nervous
system (CNS) tumors with a behavior code of /0 or /1 in ICD-O-3 are reportable as of 01/01/2004. This
includes benign and borderline tumors of intracranial glands (pituitary gland, pineal gland, and tumors of
the craniopharyngeal duct), meningioma, and tumors of cranial nerves.
CDC published a reference manual in 2004 entitled, “Data Collection of Primary Central Nervous System
Tumors.” The manual is available free of charge in PDF format on the CDC NPCR Website at
http://www.cdc.gov/npcr/pdf/btr/braintumorguide.pdf. This document and ICD-O-3 are the primary
references when determining case reportability for primary brain and CNS tumors.
If the diagnoses date of a benign or borderline brain and CNS tumor is unknown and the admission
date is 01/01/2004 or later, the case is reportable.
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Benign and borderline brain and CNS tumors diagnosed prior to 01/01/2004 are reportable as
historical cases when accompanied by another reportable primary on or after 01/01/2004.
e) Pilocytic/Juvenile astrocytoma is reportable; code the histology and behavior code 9421/3.
f) Table of Anatomic (Primary) Sites for Reportable Benign and Borderline Tumors of Intra-cranial
and other central nervous system tumors.
Anatomic Intracranial and CNS Sites for Reportable Benign / Borderline Tumors
General Term
Meninges
Brain
Spinal cord, cranial
nerves, and other
parts of the central
nervous system
Pituitary gland,
craniopharyngeal duct
and pineal gland
Anatomic Site
Cerebral meninges
Spinal meninges
Meninges, NOS
Cerebrum
Frontal lobe
Temporal lobe
Parietal lobe
Occipital lobe
Ventricle, NOS
Cerebellum, NOS
Brain stem
Overlapping lesion of brain
Brain, NOS
Spinal cord
Cauda equine
Olfactory nerve
Optic nerve
Acoustic nerve
Cranial nerve, NOS
Overlapping lesion of brain and central nervous system
Nervous system, NOS
Pituitary gland
Craniopharyngeal duct
Pineal gland
ICD-O-3 Code
C700
C701
C709
C710
C711
C712
C713
C714
C715
C716
C717
C718
C719
C720
C721
C722
C723
C724
C725
C728
C729
C751
C752
C753
4. Not Reportable Neoplasms
a)
Primary skin tumors (C44._) with histology codes 8000-8110
Skin Cancers - Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma of non-genital skin sites are common
malignancies. These tumors are not to be reported to FCDS, regardless of stage. All other malignant
tumors of the skin must be reported including but not limited to malignant melanoma, Merkel cell
carcinoma, lymphoma of skin, and other non-squamous and non-basal cell skin cancers. Only the
following malignant neoplasms of the skin (C44.0-C44.9) are not reportable:
M 8000 – M 8005
M 8010 – M 8046
M 8050 – M 8084
M 8090 – M 8110
Neoplasm, malignant, NOS of the skin
Epithelial carcinoma, NOS of the skin
Papillary and squamous cell neoplasm of the skin
Basal cell carcinoma of the skin
b) Carcinoma in situ of the cervix (CIS) is not reportable to FCDS. This includes Cervical Intraepithelial
Neoplasia (CIN), Grade I-III and in situ (adeno) carcinoma.
c) Prostate Intraepithelial Neoplasia (PIN), Grade I-III is not reportable to FCDS.
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d) New terminology may be used by your local pathologist to describe malignant or in situ neoplasms
(i.e. well differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasm). When this occurs the neoplasm is reportable to
FCDS.
5) Reporting Multiple Primary Tumors - Single versus Multiple Primaries
Operational rules are needed to ensure consistency in reporting multiple primary neoplasms. Basic factors
include the anatomic site of origin of the neoplasm, the date of diagnosis, the histologic type of each neoplasm,
the behavior of the neoplasm, and laterality. Please consult the attending physician if questions arise regarding
the number of primary tumors.
In general, if there is a difference in the primary site where the neoplasm originates, it is fairly easy to
determine whether it is a single or multiple primaries, regardless of dates of detection or differences in
histology. Likewise, if there is a clear-cut difference in histology, other data such as the primary site and the
date of detection are not essential to make this determination. Standardized rules have been developed and
published to assist the registrar in making single versus multiple primary decisions.
2007 Multiple Primary and Histology Coding Rules for Solid Tumors
The 2007 Multiple Primary and Histology Coding Rules for solid tumors contain site-specific rules for lung,
breast, colon, melanoma of the skin, head and neck, kidney, renal pelvis/ureter/bladder, and malignant and
nonmalignant brain primaries. A separate set of rules addresses the specific and general rules for all other solid
tumor sites. And, a special set of rules has been written for hematopoietic and lymphoid neoplasms. The
multiple primary rules guide and standardize the process of determining the number of primary tumors or
abstracts to be created. The histology rules contain detailed histology coding instructions. Registrars must refer
to the 2007Multiple Primary and Histology Coding Rules for general and cancer site-specific instructions.
More information on these rules can be found on the NCI SEER website at
http://seer.cancer.gov/tools/mphrules/index.html
2014 Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Neoplasm Case Reportability and Coding Rules and Heme DB
The Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Neoplasm Case Reportability and Coding Manual and the accompanying
Hematopoietic Database replaced the February 2001 Single Versus Subsequent Primaries of Lymphatic and
Hematopoietic Disease rules and foldout table. An on-line version of the new rules and database is available
at: http://seer.cancer.gov/seertools/hemelymph. A desktop version is available for download at
http://seer.cancer.gov/tools/heme/. Please be sure to use the most current version as these rules and codes
replace all previous versions.
DO NOT USE ICD-O-3 to code any histology 9590-9992. Use the Heme Manual and Database.
6) Clarification of Reporting Requirements
a) Malignant Neoplasms/Benign tumors
A patient is considered to have a benign, borderline, or malignant neoplasm when so indicated by a
recognized medical practitioner. In determining a diagnosis of cancer, a positive pathology report takes
precedence over all other reports or statements. Many benign and borderline neoplasms of the brain and
central nervous system are diagnosed based upon diagnostic imaging, only (CT, PET, MRI, etc.). Other
cancers may be diagnosed by alternate means such as direct visualization (without biopsy) or a diagnosis
may be based upon clinical evidence, alone. The data item “Diagnostic Confirmation” is used to identify
the method of diagnosis for each case. The codes are to be used in a hierarchical order in most cases. In the
absence of a positive pathology report, all information in the record must be assessed to determine whether
or not the case is reportable and to identify the method used to establish (confirm) the diagnosis.
b) Clinically Diagnosed Cases Are Reportable
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In the absence of a histologic or cytologic confirmation of a reportable cancer, accession a case based on
the clinical diagnosis (when a recognized medical practitioner says the patient has a cancer or carcinoma
or when the patient is undergoing treatment for cancer that may not have been histologically or otherwise
confirmed). A clinical diagnosis may be recorded as part of the final diagnosis on the face sheet or other
parts of the medical record. See Note and Exceptions below.
Note: A pathology report normally takes precedence over a clinical diagnosis. If the patient has a negative
biopsy, the case would not be reported.
Exception 1: If the physician treats a patient for cancer in spite of the negative biopsy, abstract and report
the case.
Exception 2: If enough time has passed that it is reasonable to assume that the physician has seen the
negative pathology, but the clinician continues to call this a reportable disease, accession the case. A
reasonable amount of time would be equal to or greater than 6 months.
c) Ambiguous Terminology
As part of the registry case-finding activities, all diagnostic reports should be reviewed to confirm whether
a case is reportable. This includes pathology reports, bone marrow biopsy reports, autopsy reports,
diagnostic imaging reports, and results from medical testing. If the terminology describing the diagnostic
assessment is ambiguous, use the following guidelines to determine whether a particular case should be
abstracted and reported to FCDS. Words or phrases that appear to be synonyms of these terms do not
constitute a diagnosis. For example, “likely” alone does not constitute a diagnosis.
In the absence of more definitive evidence, the following modifying terms, when applied to a neoplasm,
should be interpreted as diagnostic of cancer:
Apparent(lee)
Appears
comparable with
compatible with
consistent with
favor(s)
malignant appearing
most likely
neoplasm*
presumed
probable
suspect(ed)
suspicious (for)
tumor *
typical of
* use of the terms “neoplasm” and “tumor” begin with cases diagnosed 1/1/2004 and later and are to be
used in conjunction with nonmalignant (benign or borderline ICD-O-3 behavior codes /0 or /1) primary
intracranial and central nervous systems, only (C70.0-C72.9, C75.1-C75.3).
“While ’consistent with’ can indicate involvement, ’neoplasm’ without specification of malignancy is not
diagnostic except for non-malignant primary intracranial and central nervous system tumors.”
Exception: If cytology is reported as "suspicious," abstract the case only if a positive biopsy or a
physician's clinical impression of cancer supports the cytology findings.
Examples of Diagnostic Terms:
Example 1: The inpatient discharge summary documents a chest x-ray consistent with carcinoma of the
right upper lobe. The patient refused further work-up or treatment. Consistent with carcinoma
is indicative of cancer.
Example 2: The mammogram report states suspicious for malignancy. Suspicious for malignancy is
indicative of cancer.
Ambiguous Terms That Do Not Constitute a Diagnosis without additional information
The following modifying terms, when applied to a malignancy, should NOT be considered diagnostic of
cancer without additional information such as treatment for cancer.
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Cannot be ruled out
equivocal
possible
potentially malignant
questionable
rule out
suggests
worrisome
Positive molecular marker or cytogenetic testing in the absence of pathologic or clinical evidence of
reportable disease are indicative of risk only and do not constitute a diagnosis.
In Situ and Invasive (Behavior codes /2 and /3)
 If an ambiguous term(s) precede a word that is synonymous with an in situ or invasive tumor (e.g.:
cancer, carcinoma, malignant neoplasm, non-invasive cancer, etc.) the case is reportable. Abstract and
report the case
Example: The pathology report says: Prostate biopsy with markedly abnormal cells that are
typical of adenocarcinoma.” Abstract and report the case.
Negative Example: The final diagnosis on the outpatient report reads: Rule out leukemia. Do
not abstract or report the case. Do track that you reviewed the record and deemed the case not
reportable. Be sure to include the reason the case is not reportable to FCDS so you do not have to rereview the case during the annual AHCA casefinding audit.

Discrepancies: If one section of the medical record(s) uses a reportable term such as “apparently” and
another section of the medical record(s) uses a term that is not on the reportable list, accept the
reportable term and abstract the case.
Exception: Do not abstract a case based on suspicious cytology, alone. The case is
to be abstracted only if proven by positive cytology or other diagnostic method including a physician’s
clinical diagnosis. See the data item Diagnostic Confirmation for methods of diagnosis.
Note: If the word or an equivalent term does not appear on the reportable list or is not a form of a
word on the reportable list, the term is not diagnostic of cancer. Do not report the case. Forms of the
word are such as: “Favored” rather than Favor(s); “appeared to be” rather than appears. Do not
substitute synonyms such as “supposed” for presumed or “equal” for comparable.

Use these terms when screening diagnoses on pathology reports, operative reports, imaging/scans,
mammograms and other diagnostic testing other than tumor markers.
Note: If the ambiguous diagnosis is proven to be not reportable by biopsy, cytology, or
physician’s statement (cancer was ruled out as diagnosis), do not report the case.
Example: Mammogram shows calcifications suspicious for intraductal carcinoma. The
biopsy of the area surrounding the calcifications is negative for malignancy. Do not report
the case.
Benign and borderline primary intracranial and CNS tumors
 Use the “Ambiguous Terms that are Reportable” list to identify benign and borderline primary
intracranial and CNS tumors that are reportable.
 If any of the reportable ambiguous terms precede either the word “tumor” or the word
“neoplasm,” the case is reportable. Abstract and report the case.
Example: The mass on the CT scan is consistent with pituitary tumor. Abstract and report the case.
 Discrepancies: If one section of the medical record(s) uses a reportable term such as
“apparently” and another section of the medical record(s) uses a term that is not on the
reportable list, accept the reportable term, abstract and report the case.
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Exception: Do not abstract a case based only on suspicious cytology without additional confirmation of the
presence of disease. The case is abstracted and reported if proven by positive cytology or other diagnostic
methods including a physician’s clinical diagnosis. See the data item Diagnostic Confirmation for methods of
diagnosis.
Note: If the word or an equivalent term does not appear on the reportable list or is not a
form of a word on the reportable list, the term is not diagnostic of cancer. Do not abstract the case.
Forms of the word are such as: “Favored” rather than Favor(s); “appeared to be” rather
than appears. Do not substitute synonyms such as “supposed” for presumed or “equal” for
comparable.
 Use these terms when screening diagnoses on pathology reports, scans, ultrasounds, and other
diagnostic testing other than tumor markers.
Note: If the ambiguous diagnosis is proven to be not reportable by biopsy, cytology, or physician’s
statement, do not abstract or report the case.
d)
Outpatient/Ambulatory Care Only Cases
There must be sufficient documentation in the medical chart (positive radiology report, positive
pathology report, physician statement, etc.) that definitively establishes that the patient either has
active malignancy and/or is currently undergoing therapy for malignancy. If insufficient
documentation exists in the medical chart, do not abstract the case.
e)
Non-Analytic Cases
The American College of Surgeons/Commission on Cancer does not require accredited facilities to
abstract non-analytic cases. However, FCDS does require the collection and reporting of ALL cases
that meet the FCDS reporting requirements, regardless of Class of Case.
f)
Historical Cases
The American College of Surgeons/Commission on Cancer does not require accredited facilities to
abstract historical cases. However, FCDS does require the collection and reporting of certain historical
cancers even when the patient has no evidence the historical cancer is “active”.
Patients diagnosed with any cancer during their lifetime are many times more likely to develop new
cancers. It is important for researchers to know the number and types of any and all cancers each
patient has had during his/her lifetime in order to effectively research and evaluate cancer incidence.
If a patient has had at least one primary reportable neoplasm that is currently active or under treatment,
all other primary reportable neoplasms the patient has ever had (active or inactive), regardless of the
date of diagnosis, must be reported. Each case of cancer must be abstracted and reported separately.
Information about the previous (historical) primary(s) may be sketchy. The abstractor should attempt
to complete an abstract with as much information as is available in the medical record.
If the patient does not have any reportable neoplasms, active or under treatment, no other primary
neoplasms the patient has ever had need to be reported.
See Section I-C Abstracting Historical Cases Optional Minimal Dataset for guidelines regarding the
abstracting of historical cases in an abbreviated format.
g)
Multi-Facility Reporting (shared cases)
FCDS requires that any cancer case that meets FCDS case reporting requirements must be submitted
by every facility providing services to the patient. Therefore, facilities that are members of shared,
combined or joint cancer registries and/or cancer programs must report each cancer case seen in each
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facility separately unless approved to do so by the Florida Department of Health and FCDS.
h)
Responsibility for Reporting
It is the responsibility of the custodian of the medical record or the facility that is administering care to
report the case to FCDS. FCDS reviews the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) cancer
patient data annually as a retrospective quality control completeness audit. The AHCA database
provides an after-the-fact case finding mechanism; ensuring cancer cases that have been reported to
AHCA are also included in the FCDS database.
i)
Annual Reporting Deadline – June 30th
The June 30th Deadline is an annual milestone for cancer reporting in Florida. Florida law requires
that all cancer cases diagnosed/treated for cancer, having a cancer-related health visit while
undergoing cancer treatment, or having any evidence of disease at the time of encounter must be
abstracted and transmitted to FCDS within 6 months of the date of first encounter for cancer.
FCDS reinforces the 6-month reporting standard with a June 30th Deadline each year.
Reporting Compliance and Data Quality Reports are run following the annual June 30th Deadline.
Facilities not in compliance with the 6-month reporting rule will be notified by FCDS of the
delinquency. Each facility will be asked to develop a remedial plan to bring the facility back into
compliance with state statutes. The plan must also include a statement indicating how the facility plans
to stay in compliance once the current reporting year has been completed and compliance has been
reached for the year in question.
If no action is taken or delinquency continues, FCDS will notify the Florida Department of Health that
the facility is non-compliant and further action will be taken. Any remediation or other action plan
must be approved by the Florida Department of Health and FCDS. FCDS will monitor the plan.
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Table A: NAACCR Layout Version 14: Comparison of Reportable Cancers: FCDS, CoC, and NPCR.
Reportable
Diagnoses
FCDS
CoC
NPCR
1. Behavior code of 2 or 3 in
ICD-O-3 (includes VIN III,
VAIN III, AIN III).
2. Non-malignant (behavior
codes 0 and 1) primary
intracranial and central
nervous system tumors,
including juvenile
astrocytoma (M9421/3)* for
primary sites as defined in
the Table: Primary Site
Codes for Non-Malignant
Primary Intracranial and
Central Nervous System
Tumors.
1. Behavior code of 2 or 3 in
ICD-O-3; or, for 2010 and
later diagnoses, behavior code
3 according to the WHO
Classification of Tumours of
Haematopoietic and
Lymphoid Tissues (2008)39.
2. Non-malignant (behavior
codes 0 and 1) primary
intracranial and central
nervous system tumors,
including juvenile
astrocytoma (M9421/3)* for
primary sites as defined in the
Table: Primary Site Codes for
Non-Malignant Primary
Intracranial and Central
Nervous System Tumors.
1. Skin cancers (C44._) with
histology 8000-8110 (after
1/1/2003); prior to that date,
AJCC stage groups 2-4 in this
group were reportable.
2. CIS of the cervix and CIN
III (after 1/1/96).
3. PIN III (after 1/1/96).
4. VIN III (after 1/1/96).
5. VAIN III (after 1/1/96).
6. AIN (after 1/1/96).
Not included unless patient
has evidence of this neoplasm
(active disease).
1. Behavior code of 2 or 3 in ICD-O-3
(includes VIN III, VAIN III, AIN III).
2. Non-malignant (behavior codes 0 and
1) primary intracranial and central
nervous system tumors, including
juvenile astrocytoma (M9421/3)* for
primary sites as defined in the Table:
Primary Site Codes for Non-Malignant
Primary Intracranial and Central Nervous
System Tumors.
2007 Multiple Primary and
Histology Coding Rules.
2007 Multiple Primary and Histology
Coding Rules
2014 Hematopoietic and
Lymphoid Neoplasm Case
Reportability and Coding
Manual and the 2014
Hematopoietic Database
apparent(ly)
appears
comparable with
compatible with
consistent with
favors
malignant appearing
most likely
presumed
probable
suspect(ed)
suspicious (for)
typical of
Exception: if the cytology is
reported as “suspicious” and
neither a positive biopsy nor a
physician’s clinical
impression supports the
cytology findings, do not
consider as diagnosis of
cancer.
cannot be ruled out
equivocal
possible
potentially malignant
questionable
rule out
suggests
2014 Hematopoietic and Lymphoid
Neoplasm Case Reportability and Coding
Manual and the 2014
Hematopoietic Database
1. Skin cancers (C44._) with
histologies 8000-8110. 2. CIS
of the cervix and CIN III
3. PIN III (after 1/1/2001).
Exceptions (not
reportable)
Historical
Neoplasm
Multiple Primary
Rules
Hematopoietic
and Lymphoid
Neoplasm Rules
Ambiguous
Terminology
Considered as
Diagnostic of
Cancer
Ambiguous
Terminology NOT
Considered as
Diagnostic of
Cancer
If a patient has at least one
primary reportable neoplasm
which is active or under
treatment, all other primary
reportable neoplasms the
patient has ever had (active
or inactive), regardless of the
date of diagnosis, must be
reported to FCDS.
2007 Multiple Primary and
Histology Coding Rules
2014Hematopoietic and
Lymphoid Neoplasm Case
Reportability and Coding
Manual and the 2014
Hematopoietic Database
apparent(ly)
appears
comparable with
compatible with
consistent with
favors
malignant appearing
most likely
presumed
probable
suspect(ed)
suspicious (for)
typical of
Exception: if the cytology is
reported as “suspicious” and
neither a positive biopsy nor
a physician’s clinical
impression supports the
cytology findings, do not
consider as diagnosis of
cancer.
cannot be ruled out
equivocal
possible
potentially malignant
questionable
rule out
suggests
1. Skin cancers (C44._) with histologies
8000-8005, 8010-8046, 8050-8084, 80908110. 2. CIS of the cervix and CIN III.
3. PIN III (after 1/1/2001).
Not included unless patient has evidence
of this neoplasm (active disease).
apparent(ly)
appears
comparable with
compatible with
consistent with
favors
malignant appearing
most likely
presumed
probable
suspect(ed)
suspicious (for)
typical of
Exception: if the cytology is reported as
“suspicious” and neither a positive biopsy
nor a physician’s clinical impression
supports the cytology findings, do not
consider as diagnosis of cancer.
cannot be ruled out
equivocal
possible
potentially malignant
questionable
rule out
suggests
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worrisome
worrisome
worrisome
* Juvenile astrocytoma is reported as 9421/3.
** Do not substitute synonyms such as “supposed” for “presumed” or “equal” for “comparable.” Do not substitute “likely” for “most likely.”
Use only the exact words on the list.
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Table 3. Primary Site Codes for Non-Malignant Primary Intracranial and Central Nervous System
Tumors (non-malignant primary intracranial and central nervous system tumors with a behavior code
of 0 or 1 [benign/borderline] are reportable regardless of histologic type for these topography codes).
The CDC Brain Tumor Guide entitled, “Data Collection of Primary Central Nervous System Tumors” is
available for reference @ http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/npcr/pdf/btr/braintumorguide.pdf
Reference Standards for Cancer Registries, Volume II: Data Standards and Data Dictionary, Sixteenth
Edition Version 14 – Chapter III: Standards for Tumor Inclusion and Reportability
Codes
C70.0
C70.1
C70.9
C71.0
C71.1
C71.2
C71.3
C71.4
C71.5
C71.6
C71.7
C71.8
C71.9
C72.0
C72.1
C72.2
C72.3
C72.4
C72.5
C72.8
C72.9
C75.1
C75.2
C75.3
Topography
Description
Meninges
Cerebral Meninges
Spinal meninges
Meninges, NOS
Brain
Cerebrum
Frontal lobe
Temporal lobe
Parietal lobe
Occipital lobe
Ventricle, NOS
Cerebellum, NOS
Brain stem
Overlapping lesion of brain
Brain, NOS
Spinal Cord, Cranial Nerves, and Other Parts
of the Central Nervous System
Spinal cord
Cauda equina
Olfactory nerve
Optic nerve
Acoustic nerve
Cranial nerve, NOS
Overlapping lesion of brain and central
nervous system
Nervous system, NOS
Other Endocrine Glands and Related
Structures
Pituitary gland
Craniopharyngeal duct
Pineal gland
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B.
CASEFINDING
Casefinding is the method used to identify new cancer cases, inpatient or outpatient. All facilities are
responsible for complete casefinding for all patients seen at your facility regardless of type of service. It is
important that the following multiple sources in the hospital be searched to keep missed reportable cases to a
minimum. The procedure outlined below should be adapted to each individual facility:
o
o
o
o
o
HIM/Medical Record Disease Indices or Unified Billing System Report
(Inpatient and outpatient, including inpatient hospice)
Pathology (surgical pathology, bone marrow biopsy, needle biopsy, cytology, autopsy, etc.)
Radiation Therapy Department (Radiation oncology logs)
Outpatient Departments (including cancer specialty clinics, chemotherapy clinics, infusion centers,
day surgery, emergency room, medical oncology logs, etc.)
Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology) Department (MRI, CT scan, PET scan, x-ray, mammogram, etc.)
1. HIM/Medical Record Disease Index/Unified Billing System Report
Every patient record with a reportable ICD-9-CM code (see Current Casefinding List) must be reviewed to
determine whether or not the case meets FCDS criteria for case reporting. It is essential that all patient service
areas be included in these reports.
ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS will be adopted as a new standard on 10/1/2015. ICD-10-CM Casefinding List
is included in this and previous FCDS DAM documents. Please ensure your facility IT staff has been given a
copy of the ICD-10-CM list to avoid interruption in casefinding for the last quarter of calendar year 2015.
Upon review, if a patient is found not to have a malignancy as coded by the HIM/Medical Record or Billing
Department or does not meet FCDS criteria for case reporting, the name should be added to the facility’s “Not
Reportable List.” The list may be substituted with the facility “suspense” file based on available vendor tools.
The “Not Reportable List” is useful when FCDS is conducts casefinding audits based on AHCA data. Some
facilities will save a “Not Reportable List” as an electronic file embedded within their software such as a
“suspense” case and should include comments that the registrar reviewed the medical record and determined
that the case does not meet reportable criteria. The “suspense” case should include documentation as to why
the facility will not report the case either in text and/or using the FCDS AHCA Disposition Codes below.
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2. Pathology Reports
All pathology reports (including surgical path reports, bone marrow aspirations, needle biopsies and fine
needle aspiration biopsies, diagnostic hematology, cytology and autopsy reports) for inpatients, outpatients and
ambulatory care patients must be reviewed to determine whether or not a case is reportable. Pathology Reports
should also be submitted electronically to FCDS under the FCDS E-Pathology Reporting Program.
Since most cancer patients have a biopsy or operative resection performed, nearly all of the reportable cases
can be identified by pathology reports alone. Check with your pathology department to see if the department
information system can be used to facilitate the review of these reports.
Pathology reports must also be reviewed within each reporting facility at least annually to insure that no cases
have been missed by the reporting facility.
3. Radiation Therapy Department
New patient registration rosters and radiation therapy summaries are excellent casefinding sources for patients
treated with radiation. Unified Billing System Reports also can be used to identify these cases.
4. Outpatient Departments
New patient registration rosters for single-day surgery departments, oncology-related service areas (specialty
clinics, chemotherapy clinics, infusion centers, day surgery, and other ambulatory care), outpatient
departments (including outpatient diagnostic radiology and laboratory service areas) and emergency rooms are
additional casefinding sources for patients seen only in an ambulatory care setting. Unified Billing System
Reports also can be used to identify these cases.
5. Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology) Department
New patient registration rosters for patients receiving diagnostic imaging services (x-ray, CT scan, PET scan,
MRI, or other imaging) are an excellent source for identifying new cancer cases.
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ICD-9-CM CASEFINDING LIST FOR REPORTABLE TUMORS - JULY 2014
The following ICD-9-CM list is to be used to identify potentially reportable tumors. Some ICD-9-CM codes
contain conditions that are not reportable. These records still need to be reviewed and assessed individually to
verify whether or not they are reportable to FCDS. ICD-10-CM will be implemented 10/1/2015 in the U.S.A.
* = Required for review + = Optional for review
+ 042
AIDS (review cases for AIDS-related malignancies)
* 140.0-209.36
Malignant neoplasms (excluding skin 173.0-173.9 with morphology codes 8000–8110)
* 209.70-209.79
Secondary neuroendocrine tumors
* 225.0-225.9
Benign neoplasm of brain and spinal cord neoplasm
* 227.3-227.4
Benign neoplasm of pituitary gland, pineal body, and other intracranial endocrine-related
structures
* 227.9
Benign neoplasm; endocrine gland, site unspecified
* 228.02
Hemangioma; of intracranial structures
*228.1
Lymphangioma, any site brain, other parts of CNS
* 230.0-234.9
Carcinoma in situ (exclude: skin, cervix and prostate in situ – 232.0-232.9, 233.1, 233.4)
+ 235.0-239.9
Neoplasms of uncertain behavior
* 236.0
Endometrial stroma, low grade (8931/3)
* 237.0-237.9
Neoplasm of uncertain behavior (borderline) of endocrine glands and nervous system
* 238.4
Polycythemia vera (9950/3)
* 238.6-238.79
Other lymphatic and hematopoietic tissues
* 239.6-239.89
Neoplasms of unspecified nature
+ 258.02-258.03
Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) type IIA and IIB
* 273.2
Other paraproteinemias
* 273.3
Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia (9761/3)
+ 285.22
Anemia in neoplastic disease
* 288.3
Hypereosinophilic syndrome (9964/3)
*288.4
Hemophagocytic syndromes (9751/3, 9754/3)
*289.6
Familial Polycythemia
* 289.83
Myelofibrosis NOS (9961/3)
+ 338.3
Neoplasm related pain (acute, chronic); Cancer associated pain
* 511.81
Malignant pleural effusion (code first malignant neoplasm if known)
* 692.7
Malignancy due to solar radiation (9725/3 hydroa vacciniforme-like lymphoma)
* 758.0
Myeloid leukemia associated with Down Syndrome
* 789.51
Malignant ascites (code the first malignant neoplasm if known)
+ 795.81-795.89
Abnormal tumor marker
* 795.06
Papanicolaou smear of cervix with cytologic evidence of malignancy
* 795.16
Papanicolaou smear of vagina with cytologic evidence of malignancy
* 796.76
Papanicolaou smear of anus with cytologic evidence of malignancy
+ 999.81
Extravasation of vesicant chemotherapy
+ V07.31-V07.39
Other prophylactic chemotherapy
+ V07.8
Other specified prophylactic measure
Personal history of malignancy (review these for recurrences, subsequent primaries, and/or
+ V10.0-V10.9
subsequent treatment)
+ V42.81-V42.82
Organ or tissue replaced by transplant, Bone marrow transplant
* V58.0
Encounter for radiotherapy
* V58.1
Encounter for chemotherapy and immunotherapy
*V58.11
Antineoplastic Chemotherapy
*V58.12
Antineoplastic Immunotherapy
+ V66.1
Convalescence following radiotherapy
+ V66.2
Convalescence following chemotherapy
+ V67.1
Radiation therapy follow-up
+ V67.2
Chemotherapy follow-up
+ V71.1
Observation for suspected malignant neoplasm
+ V76.0-V76.9
Special screening for malignant neoplasm
+ V87.41
Personal history of antineoplastic chemotherapy
Note: Pilocytic/juvenile astrocytoma (M-9421) is reported with the behavior coded /3 (9421/3 not 9421/1).
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ICD-10-CM CASEFINDING LIST FOR REPORTABLE TUMORS - JULY 2014
The following ICD-10-CM list is to be used to identify potentially reportable tumors. Some ICD-10-CM
codes contain conditions that are not reportable. These records still need to be reviewed and assessed
individually to verify whether or not they are reportable to FCDS. ICD-10-CM will be implemented on
10/1/2015 in the U.S.A.
* = Required for review
+ = Optional for review (SEER publishes a complete list of optional codes)
* C00._ - C43._
Malignant neoplasms (excluding skin C44.0-C44.9 with morphology codes 8000–8110)
* C45._ - C96._
Malignant neoplasms (excluding skin C44.0-C44.9 with morphology codes 8000–8110)
* D00._ - D09._
Carcinoma in situ (exclude: skin, cervix and prostate in situ – D04._, D06._ and D07.5)
* D18.02
Hemangioma; of intracranial structures
* D18.1
Lymphangioma, any site brain, other parts of CNS
* D32._
Benign neoplasm of meninges (cerebral, spinal and unspecified)
* D33._
Benign neopl;asm of brain and other parts of central nervous system
* D35.2, D35.4
Benign neoplasm of pituitary gland, craniopharyngeal duct and pineal gland
* D42._, D43._
Neoplasm of uncertain or unknown behavior of meninges, brain, CNS
Neoplasm of uncertain or unknown behavior of pituitary gland, craniopharyngeal duct and
* D44.3-D44.5
pineal gland
* D45
Polycythemia vera (9950/3)
* D46._
Myelodysplastic syndromes (9980, 9982, 9983, 9985, 9986, 9989, 9991, 9992)
* D47.1
Chronic myeloproliferative disease (9960, 9963)
* D47.3
Essential (hemorrhagic) thrombocythemia (9962)
* D47.4
Osteomyelofibrosis (9961)
Other specified neoplasm of uncertain/unknown behavior of lymlphoid, hematopoietic (9965,
* D47.7
9966, 9967, 9971, 9975, 9987)
Neoplasm of uncertain behavior of lymphoid, hematopoietic and related tissue, unspecified
* D47.9
(9960, 9970, 9931)
* D49.6, D49.7
Neoplasm of unspecified behavior of brain, endocrine glands and other CNS
* E34.0
Carcinoid Syndrome
* J91.0
Malignant Pleural Effusion
* K22.711
Barrett’s esophagus with high grade dysplasia
* R18.0
Malignant ascites
* Z51.0
Encounter for antineoplastic radiation therapy
* Z51.1
Encounter for antineoplastic chemotherapy and immunotherapy
+ B20
AIDS Note: Medical coders are instructed to add codes for AIDS-associated malignancies.
Screen 042 for history of cancers that might not be coded elsewhere.
Personal history of malignant neoplasm
+ Z85._
+ Z86.0_,
Personal history of in situ and benign neoplasm and neoplasm of uncertain behavior
Z86.01_, Z86.03
+ Z92.21,
Personal history of antineoplastic chemotherapy, estrogen therapy, immunosuppression therapy
Z29.23, Z92.25,
or irradiation (radiation)
Z92.3
Note: Pilocytic/juvenile astrocytoma (M-9421) is reported with the behavior coded /3 (9421/3 not 9421/1).
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C.
C. ABSTRACTING
1.
Personnel Requirements – Abstractor Training and FCDS Abstractor Code
Abstractor Training: Trained personnel must perform abstracting. FCDS provides basic incidence
abstracting training via web-based modules. The 20 web-based modules constitute one “course” in the FCDS
Learning Management System. The modules include 1000 slides with voice-overs, exercises, and quizzes to
monitor progress. Modules are available at http://moodle.med.miami.edu/server/moodle/. In addition, FCDS
performs on-site regional and statewide workshops on an ad hoc basis. Other training is available through
SEER*Educate, the Commission on Cancer, National Cancer Registrars Association and NAACCR.
FCDS Abstractor Code: Every registrar/abstractor planning to work in the State of Florida is required to
obtain an individual FCDS Abstractor Code. This code is assigned by FCDS to persons who successfully pass
the FCDS Abstractor Code On-Line Examination, regardless of certification by NCRA as a CTR, experience
in the registry industry, or other factors. As of January 1, 2013 any individual planning to acquire a New
FCDS Abstractor Code or planning to Renew an Existing FCDS Abstractor Code must take and pass the
FCDS Abstractor Code Exam.
The FCDS Abstractor Code Requirement has been FCDS Policy for many years and applies to every cancer
registrar working in the state of Florida (CTR or non-CTR, Florida resident or out-of-state contractor,
regardless of number of years’ experience). FCDS will not accept cases from individuals without an
Active/Current FCDS Abstractor Code.
While the FCDS Abstractor Code Requirement Policy remains unchanged, the FCDS Abstractor Code Exam
is a new tool introduced to help FCDS expedite FCDS Abstractor Code approvals, renewals, and monitoring.
Exams are short (15-20 multiple choice or T/F questions) with a variable mix of content questions weighted
differently depending on whether this is an exam for a New FCDS Abstractor Code or Renewal of an existing
FCDS Abstractor Code.
Questions are electronically selected at random from a pool of nearly 300questions covering 6 major topic
areas. No two exams will be alike.
The 6 topic areas include;
 General Abstracting Knowledge
 General Abstracting Rules and Florida-Specific Rules
 Primary Site/Histology/Grade
 Stage at Diagnosis
 Latest Rule Changes
 Treatment and Survival
Standard References Used for Testing
 FCDS DAM (current version)
 ICD-O-3 (including errata and updates)
 MPH Rules for Solid Tumors (current)
 MPH Rules/Database for Hematopoietic/Lymphoid Neoplasms (current)
 Collaborative Stage Data Collection System – changes to TNM and SS2016 in 2015-2016
 Part I – Section 1 – General Instructions
 Part I – Section 2 – Lab Tests, Tumor Markers, SSF Notes
 Part II – Site-Specific Schema
 SEER*Rx (current)
 SEER Self-Instruction Manuals (basics)

Book 2 – Cancer Characteristics

Book 3 – Tumor Registrar Vocabulary: Composition of Medical Terms

Book 4 – Human Anatomy as Related to Tumor Formation
WHO NEEDS TO TAKE THE FCDS ABSTRACTOR CODE EXAM?
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 Individuals hoping to acquire a NEW FCDS Abstractor Code will need to take the New FCDS
Abstractor Code Exam.
 If an individual’s FCDS Abstractor Code has been expired for greater than 2 years, the individual
must re-apply and take and pass the New FCDS Abstractor Code Exam.
WHO NEEDS TO TAKE THE FCDS ABSTRACTOR CODE RENEWAL EXAM?
 Individuals with an ACTIVE (not yet expired) FCDS Abstractor Code will be required to take and
pass the FCDS Abstractor Code Renewal Exam once their code has expired.
 Individuals with an EXPIRED FCDS Abstractor Code will be required to take the FCDS
Abstractor Code Renewal Exam each year in order to keep their FCDS Abstractor Code current
and to renew their individual FCDS Abstractor Code, annually.
2. Case Abstracting Requirements – Timeliness
Individual cases must be abstracted no later than six months after the date of first contact with the
reporting facility. The only exceptions to this reporting timeline are the free-standing ambulatory
surgical centers who are reporting under the Ambulatory Centers Cancer Reporting Program.
Cases may be abstracted earlier than six months after the date of first contact, but only if the required
information regarding first course of therapy is available and complete.
All cases meeting the reporting requirements outlined in Section I.A must be abstracted following the
guidelines set forth in Section II of this document. Questions regarding the interpretation of individual
data items should be referred to the FCDS office.
Note: The ACoS CoC changed CoC Cancer Program Standard 5.2 (abstracting timeliness) on
1/1/2014. This is a change for CoC Cancer Program Accreditation and does not change the
Florida 6-month reporting requirement or the FCDS June 30th Deadline.
Florida Statute requires that cases be completely abstracted (all information must be included
regarding the diagnosis, staging, first course of treatment, cancer progression or recurrence)
within 6-months of first patient encounter for cancer at your facility.
Do not send FCDS a partial abstract as part of ACoS CoC Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS).
Note: The CoC FORDS Manual instructs registrars from CoC Programs that the data item “Date
Case Completed” should not be filled in until the case has been completed and all data required
have been abstracted/coded.
The case is “pending completion” until all first course treatment has been investigated and
documented in the original abstract sent to FCDS and the final abstract that is sent to the NCDB
(not the initial RQRS report).
All abstracts are required to pass the FCDS EDITS metafile.
3. Not Reportable List
A list of cases reviewed but not reported to FCDS (not reportable list) should be maintained by each
reporting facility either in electronic or other format. This can be as part of your abstracting software
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maintained in your “suspense” file or in a separate document with easy access. A sample form is
included at the end of this Section. Any patient encounter that appears on a facility casefinding list
that does not meet the reporting requirements outlined in Section I should be recorded on the “Not
Reportable List” with an explanation as to why the case will not be reported. FCDS suggests you also
include the FCDS Disposition Code associated with the reason not reported to facilitate your annual
AHCA Follow-Back activities.
The list should include the patient’s name, social security number, medical record number, date of
birth, ICD-9-CM or ICD-10-CM code, admission date, and disposition code or reason they were not
reported. The list may be kept in a paper notebook, spreadsheet, vendor software suspense file, or in
any other easily accessible format. You may use the FCDS form or you may create your own.
Casefinding audits are performed periodically at every reporting facility as well as through annual case
matching with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) data files to assure
completeness of reporting. The not reportable list will expedite resolution of cases that show up as
‘missed cases’ during these casefinding audits.
Failure to keep the list will result in FCDS requesting that the reporting facility pull each ‘missed case’
record again and review whether or not it should have been reported to FCDS. An explanation must
then be submitted to FCDS detailing any reason any case will not be reported to FCDS or the case
must be abstracted and reported to FCDS.
FCDS Disposition Codes may be included in the file as reference for reason the case is not reportable.
4. Abstracting Non-Analytic and Historical Cases
Although the Commission on Cancer/American College of Surgeons (COC/AcoS) does not require
accredited facilities to abstract non-analytic or historical cases, a population-based cancer registry such
as FCDS must record ALL cancers meeting the FCDS reporting requirements, regardless of class of
case, place of diagnosis or date of diagnosis.
FCDS realizes that much of the information about the original diagnosis, staging and treatment of nonanalytic and historical cancers may be unavailable or incomplete. The abstractor should attempt to
complete each abstract with as much information as is available in the medical record.
a. The following morphology codes are reportable as historical cases if they were diagnosed prior to
1/1/01 and the patient has another active reportable neoplasm. These neoplasms were historically
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reported with behavior /1 (borderline malignancy). They were changed to behavior /3 (malignant)
when ICD-O-3 was released in 2001. This change in reporting rules is consistent with ICD-O-3.
8931/3
9393/3
9538/3
9950/3
9960/3
9961/3
9962/3
9980/3
9981/3
9982/3
9983/3
9984/3
9989/3
If a patient diagnosed with any of the above hematopoietic disease morphology codes prior to
01/01/2001 undergoes transformation to another hematopoietic disease before 01/01/2010, enter
the case into the registry using the histology and behavior (malignant) diagnosed on or after
01/01/2001 with the 2001 or later diagnosis date.
If the diagnosis date of a hematopoietic disease is unknown and the admission date is 01/01/2001
or later, the case is reportable using ICD-O-3 reporting criteria. Please refer to the FCDS Rules for
Reporting Hematopoietic Diseases in Section II for specific instructions on reporting
hematopoietic diseases.
b. Benign and borderline brain and central nervous system tumors are reportable even if they were
diagnosed prior to 1/1/04 and the patient has another active reportable neoplasm.
c. Squamous Intraepithelial Neoplasia Grade III of vulva, vagina, and anus are reportable as
historical cases, even if they were diagnosed prior to 01/01/2001, and the patient has another
active reportable neoplasm.
5. Abstracting Historical Cases Optional Minimal Dataset
Historical case refers to a primary reportable neoplasm (malignant or benign/borderline brain/CNS
tumors) that it is not active (no evidence of disease) and currently not receiving any treatment AND
the patient is seen at the reporting facility for another cancer/benign reportable neoplasm that is active
and/or undergoing treatment.
There are two methods for reporting a Historical Case:


FCDS will accept historical cases reported as full abstracts or
historical cases reported using the minimal dataset below.
a. For every abstract submitted, the record layout will allow for the entry of up to five (5)
historical cases. The fields required for each of the five cases include:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Sequence Number
Diagnosis Date
Primary Site (ICD-O-3)
Histology (ICD-O-3)
Behavior (ICD-O-3)
Laterality
State of Residence at Diagnosis (State Abbreviation)
County of Residence at Diagnosis (FIPS County Code)
CS SSF 25 - Discriminator
b. These fields will be edited at time of transmission and will include Sequence Number and
Diagnosis Date edit checks as well as State and County edit checks.
c. These fields should ONLY be used when abstracting a historical case with insufficient
information. A complete, full abstract MUST be reported to FCDS for those cases with
sufficient information in the patient’s medical record or if the patient has evidence of the
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historical cancer at the time of patient encounter (persistent disease, progression of disease or
disease recurrence – patient with evidence of this cancer at the time of patient encounter).
d. REMEMBER, the minimal dataset only applies to Class of Case 33 Historical Cases with
insufficient information. All other Non-Analytical cases, including Class of Case 33 historical
cases with sufficient information REQUIRE a full abstract be reported to FCDS.
e. Quality Control for these cases will be increased and documentation supporting the minimal
dataset may need to be provided.
6. Reporting Historical Cases in the State Specific fields
a. Historical information must be completed starting with the eight fields in HISTORY1. Every
additional historical case would use the next sequential group of eight fields (i.e. HISTORY2
through HISTORY5). No gaps in the groups can exist.
Examples:
One Historical Case – MUST use Historical #1 group of nine fields.
Two Historical Cases – MUST use Historical #1 and Historical #2 groups of nine fields.
In the example of Two Historical cases, if Historical #1 and Historical #3 groups of nine fields
are populated, than abstract will not be accepted due to a gap in Historical #2 group.
b. When a particular group is selected (Historical #1), all nine fields must be filled.
Historical date must be completed in accordance with the current standards. If any of these
fields are left blank, then the abstract and possibly the entire batch will be rejected.
Examples:
Historical #1: Sequence Number,
Historical #1: Dx Date,
Historical #1: Primary Site,
Historical #1: Histology,
Historical #1: Behavior,
Historical #1: Laterality,
Historical #1: Dx State Abbreviation,
Historical #1: Dx County FIPS
Historical #1: CS SSF25 Discriminator
Once these historical groupings pass structure check edits, a full abstract will be generated from
the data provided. The derived Historical abstracts will be subject to our full set of edit checks. If
any failures exist, the abstract and batch will be rejected.
7. Annual Reporting Deadline – June 30th
The June 30th Deadline is an annual milestone for cancer reporting in Florida. Florida law
requires that all cancer cases diagnosed/treated for cancer, having a cancer-related health visit
while undergoing cancer treatment, or having any evidence of disease at the time of encounter
must be abstracted and transmitted to FCDS within 6 months of the date of first encounter for
cancer. FCDS reinforces the 6-month reporting standard with a June 30th Deadline each year.
Compliance and Data Quality Reports are run following the annual June 30th Deadline.
Facilities not in compliance with the 6-month reporting rule will be notified by FCDS of the
delinquency. Each facility will be asked to develop a remedial plan to bring the facility back
into compliance with state statutes with a plan to remain in compliance. If no action is taken
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or delinquency continues, FCDS will notify the Florida Department of Health that the facility
is non-compliant and further action will be taken. Any remediation or other action plan must
be approved by the Florida Department of Health and FCDS. FCDS will monitor the plan.
8. Required/Recommended Desktop References – paper and/or electronic – current version
REQUIRED DESKTOP REFERENCES
REQUIRED REFERENCE
Current FCDS Data Acquisition Manual
International Classification of Diseases for
Oncology, 3rd ed. Geneva, World Health
Organization: 2000, including three published
errata and the 2014 ICD-O-3 Update
Current Multiple Primary and Histology
Coding Rules for Solid Tumors
Current Hematopoietic and Lymphoid
Neoplasm Case Reportability and Coding
Manual and Hematopoietic Database (desktop
or web-based versions available)
Current Collaborative Staging Data Collection
System Coding Instructions
Part I – Section 1 – General Instructions
Part I – Section 2 – Tumor Markers and SSFs
Part II – Site Specific Schema, current edition
Current SEER*Rx – Interactive Drug Database
ORDERING INFORMATION
FCDS, Florida Cancer Data System
PO Box 016960 (D4-11)
Miami, FL 33101
http://fcds.med.miami.edu/inc/downloads.shtml
The World Health Organization
WHO Publications Center USA;
49 Sheridan Avenue;
Albany, NY 12210
(518) 436-9686 (Voice) (518) 436-7433 (Fax)
ISBN 9241545348 Order Number 11503350
http://www.who.int/classifications/icd/en/index.html
National Cancer Institute, SEER Program, Bethesda, MD
Johnson CH, Peace S, Adamo P, et al. National Cancer
Institute, Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results
Program. Bethesda, MD: 2007
http://seer.cancer.gov/registrars
Download latest version from the National Cancer
Institute, SEER Program, Bethesda, MD
http://seer.cancer.gov/registrars
American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC)
http://cancerstaging.org/
National Cancer Institute, Surveillance, Epidemiology
and End Results Program, Bethesda MD. Available for
download at http://seer.cancer.gov/registrars/
RECOMMENDED DESK REFERENCES
RECOMMENDED BOOK
Facility Oncology Registry Data Standards
(FORDS), current edition
CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians
Cancer Principles and Practice of Oncology, 9th
edition
ORDERING INFORMATION
American College of Surgeons (ACS)
55 East Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2797
(312) 664-4050
http://www.facs.org/cancer/coc/
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers
P.O. Box 1600
Hagerstown, MD 21741-9910
301-223-2300 (Voice) http://caonline.amcancersoc.org/
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers
227 East Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3780
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Cancer Registry Management Principles &
Practice for Hospitals and Central Registries,
3rd Edition, 2011
AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, 7th ed.
American Joint Committee on Cancer, Chicago
IL. Springer: 2009
ISBN-10: 1451105452
Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company
4050 Westmark Drive, PO Box 1840
Dubuque. IA 52004-1840
1-(800) 228-0810
www.kendallhunt.com/ncra
ISBN 978-0-7575-6900-5
Edge, S.B.; Byrd, D.R.; Compton, C.C.; Fritz, A.G.;
Greene, F.L.; Trotti, A. (Eds.)
7th ed. 2010, 2010, X, 646 p. 130 illus. With CD-ROM.
Softcover, ISBN 978-0-387-88440-0
http://www.springer.com/
American Cancer Society Textbook of Clinical
Oncology
Registry Plus Online Help
NAACCR Standards for Cancer Registries
Volume II: Data Standards and Data
Dictionary, current edition
SEER Self Instructional Manuals 1-4, 7;
Book 1 – Objectives and Functions of a Tumor
Registry (1999)
Book 2 – Cancer Characteristics and Selection
of Cases(1991)
Book 3 – Tumor Registrar Vocabulary: The
Composition of Medical Terms (1992)
Book 4 – Human Anatomy as Related to Tumor
Formation (1995)
Book 7 - Statistics/Epidemiology for Cancer
Registries(1994)
American Cancer Society
Vermont Division, Inc.
13 Loomis Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
1-800-227-2345; 1-800-ACS-2345
http://www.cancer.org
Download the free desktop reference, Registry Plus
Online Help at http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/npcr
Online Help is an interactive tool that incorporates many
of the references above and is maintained by the CDC.
The Registry Plus Online Help application includes fully
indexed versions of the FORDS Manual, Collaborative
Stage, and Multiple Primary and Histology Coding
manuals as well as the NAACCR Data Dictionary, the
SEER Coding Manual and the ICD-O-3.
North American Association of Central Cancer
Registries, Inc. (NAACCR)
2121 West White Oaks Drive, Suite B
Springfield, Illinois 62704-7412
Phone: (217) 698-0800 Fax: (217) 698-0188
http://www.naaccr.org
National Cancer Institute
Publications Ordering Service
P.O. Box 24128, Baltimore, MD 21227, 301-330-7968
To order by phone, contact 1-800-4-CANCER and select
the option to order publications. You may use our online
Publications Locator at
http://www.cancer.gov/publications
The SEER Program Coding and Staging Manual can be
downloaded and they are available in both PDF and ZIP
formats. http://seer.cancer.gov/registrars
http://www.seer.cancer.gov/registrars / See order for
SEER publications http://seer.cancer.gov/publications/
SEER Program: Instructional Manuals on CD-ROM
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Historical Staging and Coding Manuals on CD-ROM
SEER Program Code Manual, current edition
Order SEER Publications Online-order form
SEER publications available in hardcopy
include reports and monographs, coding
manuals, self-instructional manuals for tumor
registrars, and ICD conversion materials
CDC Data Collection of Primary Central
Nervous System Tumors, National Program of
Cancer Registries Training Materials , 2004
D.
National Cancer Institute
Publications Ordering Service
P.O. Box 24128, Baltimore, MD 21227, 301-330-7968
To order by phone, contact 1-800-4-CANCER and select
the option to order publications. You may use our online
Publications Locator at
http://www.cancer.gov/publications
http://seer.cancer.gov/tools/codingmanuals/index.html
Cancer for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Program of Cancer Registries
4770 Buford Hwy, NE, Mail Stop K-53
Atlanta, GA 30042 -3717
Phone: 1(888) 842-6355 Fax: (770) 488-4760
http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/npcr/training/btr/
DATA TRANSMISSION (Batched Records or Single Case Entry plus Edits/Corrections/QC)
ALL CASES MUST BE TRANSMITTED TO FCDS ELECTRONICALLY using FCDS secure
information and data sharing portal: the FCDS IDEA, and in accordance with all FCDS Data
Submission Policies and Procedures. See Appendix Q for FAQs on the FCDS IDEA.
RELEASE OF INFORMATION – FCDS will not release any patient information directly to any
contractor due to liability and confidentiality issues regarding contractual agreements not involving
FCDS. Furthermore, new guidelines set forth under HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act) have introduced additional restrictions regarding releasing and re-releasing patient
information under many circumstances. FCDS understands that this policy may present some
challenges to some contractors. Any contract between a healthcare facility and a private contractor
where FCDS is not a party to the contract cannot include allowances for FCDS to release patient
information to anyone other than the reporting facility.
Contractors must make arrangements with their clients (facilities) to forward any FCDS
correspondence that includes patient information to them (contractor). This includes, but is not limited
to edit discrepancies, quality control inquiries, verification of patient information, death certificate
notification, AHCA casefinding audits, etc. Any discrepancies or omissions that are discovered after
an abstract has been transmitted and processed will be posted to FCDS IDEA for review and/or
correction. A SAMPLE FCDS Discrepancy Journal is provided at the end of this Section.
As a courtesy, FCDS will make every attempt to inform contractors of outgoing edits, quality control
inquiries, verification of patient information, death certificate notification, AHCA casefinding audits,
etc. However, the contractor and the reporting facility are ultimately responsible for assuring these
reports and inquiries reach the contractor through appropriate channels.
CONFIDENTIALITY - Patient information, personal health information, medical records and
healthcare facility data are all confidential and continue to be a concern with regard to cancer and
other disease reporting. Please do not fax or email patient information to FCDS. Also, please take care
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when discussing cases over the phone with FCDS staff.
DO NOT E-MAIL, FAX OR MAIL PATIENT INFORMATION (PHI) TO FCDS UNDER ANY
CIRCUMSTANCES unless you are provided specific instructions for using our Secure Fax Service.
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION includes any HIPAA-defined Protected Health Information.
PHI information in the healthcare includes:
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Patient name, address including street, city, county, zip code and equivalent geo codes,
Name of relatives,
Name of employers,
All elements of date pertaining to patient ( ex-admission, discharge and birthdate)
Telephone numbers
Fax numbers
Electronic email addresses
Social Security number, medical record number,
Health plan beneficiary number,
Account number
Certificate and license number,
Any vehicle or other device serial number
Web Universal Resource Locator (URL)
Internet Protocol (IP) address number
Finger or voice prints
Photographic images
1. Quarterly Reporting
FCDS REQUIRES THAT FACILITIES TRANSMIT DATA AT LEAST QUARTERLY.
MONTHLY DATA SUBMISSION IS RECOMMENDED FOR LARGE FACILITIES (facilities
reporting over 500 cases/year).
2. Electronic Submissions
Record Layout
All data must be submitted in the current NAACCR Version transfer record layout. The FCDS
field positions and field lengths are standardized using the NAACCR transfer record layout, data
definitions and data exchange guidelines. All fields identified as Core (‘C’) must be filled using
valid codes. Any field identified as Optional (‘O’) may be submitted to FCDS as optional.
3. Receipt on Upload
An Upload Receipt is generated after the upload is successfully transmitted.
4. Data Acceptance Policy – FCDS EDITS
Batch submissions will be edited immediately upon upload using the standard FCDS EDITS
metafile. This metafile is published on the FCDS website and is available for use by software
vendors and other interested parties who wish to run edits prior to data submission.
Each record must pass all inter and intra-item edits before acceptance by FCDS.
Records that require a NAACCR edit override (FORCE) will pass the edit check process and will
be accepted. However, upon review at FCDS it may be determined the case does not meet the
criteria for edit override (FORCE) and a Correction may be made to the case. Information about
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corrections to cases will be returned to the facility so you can correct your database as well.
For the cases requiring an edit override or Force, FCDS staff will review submitted text to
determine if sufficient information has been provided to override the edit in question. If the
information provided in text is insufficient, the reporting facility will have two weeks from the time
of case transmission to send FCDS the appropriate information from the path report, discharge
summary, or other source to support the code(s) assigned. The FCDS Quality Control Staff will use
the documentation provided to validate the coding and set the relevant override flag(s).
E.
PSYCHIATRIC, MILITARY AND VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FACILITIES
United States military and Veterans Administration healthcare facilities are requested to report cancer
under Rule 64D-3.006 of the Florida Administrative Code. While these institutions are not mandated
to report, FCDS encourages them to voluntarily report their cancer cases in order to provide complete
cancer incidence in Florida.
F.
AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTERS
In July 1997, the Florida legislature amended state cancer reporting legislation to include cancer case
reporting by ambulatory patient care facilities. The Florida Department of Health and FCDS agreed
that in order to ease the burden of reporting by ambulatory centers FCDS would take on the
responsibility of cancer case identification, the critical first step in the reporting of cancer cases.
Administrative Options for Reporting for Ambulatory Surgical Centers:
1.
Facilities with a History of Reporting – Several ambulatory surgical centers already voluntarily
report complete cancer cases to FCDS. Reporting by these facilities will continue as in the past.
The FCDS notification of cases for cancer reporting for these facilities will actually be a quality
control exercise. Cases identified through the notification process will be considered ‘Missed
Cases’ and will need to be reported in a timely manner.
2.
Annual reporting through the FCDS Notification of Cases (Annual AHCA Audit) - The AHCA
discharge data from the surgical centers is matched with the complete FCDS Master-file database
regardless of the type of cancer or the date of discharge. Records are matched on Social Security
Number, Date of Birth, Sex, Race and County of Residence. Each AHCA record that does not
match with a case in the FCDS Master-file is identified on the AHCA Unmatched Cancer Records
Request listing for reporting.
3.
Unmatched Ambulatory Surgery Center Cases are posted to the FCDS IDEA. Cases must be
reviewed for reportability and abstracted using FCDS IDEA Single Entry. If the case is “not
reportable” the appropriate AHCA Disposition Code must be entered in FCDS IDEA to explain
why the facility will not report the case.
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G.
FREE-STANDING RADIATION THERAPY CENTERS
Those facilities that do not voluntarily report full cancer abstracts to FCDS will have to upload
minimal data on all cancer patient encounters for casefinding using the FCDS IDEA. FCDS will match
the cancer records identified by each facility against the FCDS Master file. Each record that does not
match with a case in the FCDS Master file will be identified for reporting. Please see APPENDIX I
for detailed reporting guidelines.
H.
PRIVATE PHYSICIAN OFFICES
Practitioners licensed under Chapters 458, 459, 464, F.S., are required to report to the Florida Cancer
Data System as required by Section 385.202, F.S., within six (6) months of each diagnosis and within
six (6) months of the date of each treatment. Each physician office shall submit each cancer case
report electronically. FCDS currently requires physician office (claims) reporting from medical
oncology, hematology, urology, and other physician practices. Dermatology practices report under the
Dermatology Reporting Module (an abbreviated reporting mechanism designed to report skin cancers.
I.
CLINICAL LABORATORY CANCER IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM
Every anatomic pathology laboratory that reads biopsy and surgical resection specimens collected
from patient encounters within the state of Florida MUST electronically submit the specified data for
every malignant cancer case.
Complete information, reporting specifications and pathology lab case report record layout can be
found on the FCDS website at http://fcds.med.miami.edu. Each pathology laboratory has multiple
submission choices; generating a tab delimited file from their existing database, using the web-based
software provided by FCDS, generating an HL7 formatted file for download or generating an HL7
formatted file for transmission using PHINMS. Click on the PATH LAB icon then scroll down to the
Path Labs File Layout. The document describes in detail the various formats that are acceptable to
FCDS. The rest of the PATH LAB page includes important information for reference, including; the
NAACCR/FCDS cancer terms, SNOMED codes and ICD-9 code files you should use to filter and
select only the lab records that identify cancer as specified in these standard files.
J.
FCDS RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Data Acquisition
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In order to support the data acquisition aspect of the statewide registry, FCDS will:
a. Provide manuals, which specifically define data collection and reporting requirements,
b. Provide a data collection tool(s) and user manual(s) for electronic/web-based data submission,
c. Train facility staff and interested parties in incidence data collection via FCDS sponsored
training programs (NAACCR Webinars), FCDS web-based training modules, teleconferences,
FCDS web broadcasts or recorded educational events and programs. All FCDS-originated
training materials and web broadcasts are recorded and available free on the FCDS website.
d. Provide specific routine reports to verify data submission and resolve data discrepancies.
2. Training and Education
FCDS develops, teaches, and supports a full range of Education and Training Options including:
o FCDS educational web broadcasts are organized up to 6 times a year or as needed.
o The FCDS On-Line web based Abstractor Training Course consisting of 20 modules and 1000
informational slides with voice-over recordings and testing is available on the FCDS website.
o FCDS hosts 12 NAACCR Educational Webinars at 7 host sites around the state each year.
o Additional resources are available and advertised through the FCDS Memo and via blast email.
3. Quality Control
The primary objective of the Florida Cancer Data System (FCDS) is to maintain a high quality
database of useable, timely, complete and accurate data for every case of cancer identified in the state
of Florida.
a. Completeness is the extent to which all required cases have been reported to FCDS.
Completeness is assessed using:
i.
Historical data from facilities
ii.
On-Site or Remote Access Casefinding Audits
iii.
Annual Linkage to Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration statewide patient
encounter files – AHCA Casefinding Audits (AHCA Match)
iv.
Annual Linkage to Florida’s Bureau of Vital Statistics statewide death files Mortality Casefinding Audits (Death Certificate Notifications)
b. Accuracy is the extent to which the data submitted have been correctly coded and match the
information contained in the medical record. Accuracy encompasses correct interpretation
and application of coding rules and guidelines, identifies data entry and data submission errors
and evaluates case correctness.
Accuracy is assessed using:
i.
FCDS Abstractor Code Testing
ii.
FCDS Abstractor Code Annual Renewal Testing
iii.
Field-Item, Inter-Item and Intra-Item Data Edits
iv.
QC Visual Review Sampling of Every 25th Record
v.
On-Site Re-Abstracting Audits
vi.
Remote Access Re-Abstracting Audits
vii.
Mail-In Re-Abstracting Audits
viii.
FCDS Management Reports
c. Timeliness involves how quickly each reporting facility submits cases to FCDS once a patient
enters the health care system. The standard set forth by NAACCR, CDC/NPCR, ACOS/COC
and FCDS is 95% of all new reportable cancer cases seen at any facility must be abstracted,
submitted and any corrections for edit failures be completed within 6 months from the date of
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service. 100% of cases must be submitted by June 30 of any given year.
Timeliness is assessed using:
i.
Admissions by Facility Report
ii.
Facility Timeliness Report
FCDS Data Quality/Quality Control Program Components
1. On-Site and/or Remote Access Casefinding Audits
The FCDS Quality Control staff will periodically perform review of casefinding procedures
by auditing the casefinding sources within each facility. This may be done in-person at the
facility or may be completed remotely utilizing a variety of facility-generated data streams
matched to the FCDS files. Names identified will be compared to the FCDS Master File by
the auditor. The registrar at the facility will be asked to review their “Not Reportable List” and
identify the reason for any case(s) found by the auditor that were not abstracted. Medical
records for cases not found in the FCDS Master File or on the “Not Reportable List” will have
to be reviewed by the facility abstractor.
If any case is found to meet the cancer reporting requirements outlined in Section I, the case
must be abstracted and reported to FCDS. For any case found that does not meet the cancer
reporting requirements outlined in Section I, an explanation must be submitted to FCDS
detailing the reason it will not be reported.
2. FCDS/Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Casefinding Audits
FCDS staff will perform annual matching of the FCDS Master File to the Florida Agency for
Health Care Administration (AHCA) files for both inpatient and outpatient/ambulatory patient
encounters. FCDS will provide the reporting facility with an electronic list of Unmatched
AHCA Cases (cases that appear in the AHCA files but have no matching record in the FCDS
Master File) available on the FCDS website.
Consolidated AHCA and Vital Statistics Follow-Back (Casefinding Audits).
The Consolidated AHCA and Vital Statistics Follow-Back will be available via FCDS IDEA
following the June 30 Reporting Deadline.
The facility abstractor then must compare the list of Unmatched AHCA Cases to the facility
“Not Reportable List”. Cases that appear on the Unmatched AHCA Cases listing but do not
appear on the “Not Reportable List” will need to be reviewed by the facility abstractor. Upon
review, if any case is found to meet the cancer reporting requirements outlined in Section I,
the case must be abstracted and reported to FCDS. These cases are a priority reporting item
and must be abstracted as soon as possible. Please reference the AHCA Disposition Codes
List for “reason not reported to FCDS”.
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3. FCDS/Bureau of Vital Statistics Casefinding Audits (Death Clearance Audit)
FCDS staff will perform annual matching of the FCDS Master File to the Florida Bureau of
Vital Statistics death files. FCDS will provide the reporting facility with a list of unmatched
Vital Statistics cases (deaths) that show the place of death as the reporting facility.
Consolidated Vital Statistics and AHCA Follow-Back (Casefinding Audits).
The Integrated Vital Statistics and AHCA Follow-Back will be available via FCDS IDEA
following the June 30 Reporting Deadline.
The facility abstractor will need to research these cases to determine if the patient did expire at
the facility and whether or not the case meets the cancer reporting requirements. If any case is
found to meet the reporting requirements, the case must be abstracted and reported to FCDS.
For each case that will not be reported to FCDS or did not expire at the reporting facility,
FCDS requires a brief statement be submitted that sufficiently explains why the case will not
be reported. Please reference the Death Clearance Disposition Codes Listing below for
“reason not reported to FCDS”.
4. FCDS EDITS Metafile includes Field-Item, Inter-Item and Intra-Item Data Edits
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FCDS uses a standard EDITS Metafile that has been modified to meet Florida requirements.
The FCDS EDITS Metafile can be found on the FCDS website as well as a master listing of
changes by date. FCDS EDITS include data edits to validate codes, crosscheck related data
items and records and check for blank fields. The Florida specific data edits were created for
all Florida only fields as well as for common abstracting errors identified through reabstracting audits. Edits are reviewed as needed (monthly). New edits are added as needed.
5. QC Visual Review Sampling of Every 25th Record
FCDS Quality Control staff visually reviews every 25th record submitted by each reporting
facility. The Quality Control Visual Review is designed to facilitate visual editing of
abstracted data. It allows a trained eye to detect inconsistent coding that electronic edit checks
cannot identify; it is a tool to identify deficiencies in abstractors' understanding of abstracting
concepts, data definitions and coding selections that may require additional training. The QC
Abstract Review Case Selection Process is fully automated and randomly selects one of every
25th record processed, which accounts for nearly 4% of cases being visually reviewed for
accuracy. Each case selected is placed in a QC file ready for visual review by the FCDS QC
staff. Records with discrepant data must be resolved by the reporting facilities through FCDS
IDEA by making return comments on each case (agree/disagree/add documentation to support
original coding/other rationale). The case is then reviewed again by FCDS QC staff (different
staff than the original FCDS Reviewer) and a final decision is made based on all information
available.
This three-step process provides the registry every opportunity to rebut identified “errors” or
“deficiencies” in the abstract by having three CTR or CTR-eligible staff review each case and
provide documented input to what they interpret from the documentation provided in the
original abstract. This process also serves as an educational tool for new and experienced0
registrars regarding where they have deficiencies in their abstracting tool kit and what they
should be doing when abstracting specific cases by providing comment on a case-by-case
basis.
Registry Managers should always share results with staff member responsible for the original
abstract. Otherwise, they will continue to make the same error without knowledge they are
doing something incorrectly, inconsistently, or out of synch with national reporting standards
and guidelines.
6. On-Site or Remote Access Re-Abstracting Audits
The FCDS Quality Control staff and/or outside contract agents working on behalf of FCDS
will perform on-site or remote access review of abstracting procedures by auditing individual
reports and/or entire medical records of cases previously submitted to FCDS. The data
validation or re-abstracting audit serves to verify that coded data submitted to FCDS can be
validated when compared to original source documents at the hospital or central registry level.
Discrepant data are followed back to the originating institution for clarification.
Reconciliation of the Re-abstracting Audit: Key data items will be evaluated and any
discrepancy noted between the auditor’s findings and the original abstract findings will be
returned to the facility for reconciliation. If the auditor’s findings are disputed, documentation
must be submitted to clarify the originally abstracted codes.
These audits allow assessment with regard to standardized interpretation of data definitions,
coding rules and guidelines, policies and procedures and serve to identify areas that may
require further education and training.
7. Remote Access Re-Abstracting Audits
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FCDS may substitute On-Site Re-Abstracting Audits with Remote Access Re-Abstracting
Audits. Should FCDS decide to perform Remote Online audits, facilities will be asked to
make available pertinent reports from medical records and/or other data sources to FCDS for
review or FCDS will utilize existing source documents used in routine reporting.
8. FCDS Abstractor Code Policy
Every registrar/abstractor planning to work in the State of Florida is required to obtain an
individual FCDS Abstractor Code. This code is assigned by FCDS to persons who
successfully pass the FCDS Abstractor Code On-Line Examination, regardless of certification
by NCRA as a CTR, experience in the registry industry, or other factors. As of January 1,
2013, any individual planning to acquire a New FCDS Abstractor Code or planning to Renew
an Existing FCDS Abstractor Code must take and pass the FCDS Abstractor Code
Exam. Registration for testing and real-time on-line testing can be found on the FCDS
website.
The FCDS Abstractor Code Requirement has been FCDS Policy for many years and applies to
every cancer registrar working in the state of Florida (CTR or non-CTR, Florida resident or
out-of-state contractor, regardless of number of years’ experience). FCDS will not accept
cases from individuals without an Active/Current FCDS Abstractor Code.
While the FCDS Abstractor Code Requirement Policy remains unchanged, the FCDS
Abstractor Code Exam is a new tool introduced to help FCDS expedite FCDS Abstractor
Code approvals, renewals, and monitoring. Exams are short (15-20 multiple choice or T/F
questions) with a variable mix of content questions weighted differently depending on whether
this is an exam for a New FCDS Abstractor Code or Renewal of an existing FCDS Abstractor
Code.
Questions are electronically selected at random from a pool of nearly 300 questions covering 6
major topic areas. No two exams will be alike.
The 6 topic areas include;
 General Abstracting Knowledge
 General Abstracting Rules and Florida-Specific Rules
 Primary Site/Histology/Grade
 Stage at Diagnosis
 Latest Rule Changes
 Treatment and Survival
Standard References Used for Testing
 FCDS DAM (current version)
 ICD-O-3 (including errata and updates)
 MPH Rules for Solid Tumors (current)
 MPH Rules/Database for Hematopoietic/Lymphoid Neoplasms (current)
 Collaborative Stage Data Collection System – to be changed to TNM and SS2000

Part I – Section 1 – General Instructions

Part I – Section 2 – Lab Tests, Tumor Markers, SSF Notes

Part II – Site-Specific Schema
 SEER*Rx (current)
 SEER Self-Instruction Manuals (basics)
 Book 2 – Cancer Characteristics
 Book 3 – Tumor Registrar Vocabulary: Composition of Medical Terms
 Book 4 – Human Anatomy as Related to Tumor Formation
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WHO NEEDS TO TAKE THE FCDS ABSTRACTOR CODE EXAM?
 Individuals hoping to acquire a NEW FCDS Abstractor Code will need to take the New
FCDS Abstractor Code Exam.
 If an individual’s FCDS Abstractor Code has been expired for greater than 2 years, the
individual must re-apply and take and pass the New FCDS Abstractor Code Exam.
WHO NEEDS TO TAKE THE FCDS ABSTRACTOR CODE RENEWAL EXAM?
 Individuals with an ACTIVE (not yet expired) FCDS Abstractor Code will be required to
take and pass the FCDS Abstractor Code Renewal Exam once their code has expired.
 Individuals with an EXPIRED FCDS Abstractor Code will be required to take the FCDS
Abstractor Code Renewal Exam each year in order to keep their FCDS Abstractor Code
current and to renew their individual FCDS Abstractor Code, annually.
 Registrars will be required to navigate, use and apply standard cancer registry desk and
electronic desktop or web-based references and resources to pass the examination.
 References used include but are not limited to: Current FCDS DAM, Current MPH Rules
for both Solid Tumors and Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Neoplasms, Collaborative Stage
Data Collection Rules and Schema including Site Specific Factors, SEER*Rx, the
Hematopoietic Database and SEER Self Instructional Manuals including Books 2, 3, 4.
 Examinations are timed with a maximum of 1 hour allowed to take the annual renewal
exam (15 Q&A) and 2 hours allowed for initial exam (20 Q&A).
 The registrar will be given two opportunities to successfully pass the examination with a
score of 80% or greater.
 If the registrar fails twice, s/he must wait at least one week to take the examination again.
Registrars should not abstract cancer cases between failed exams.
 Abstractors who successfully pass the examination will be assigned a Florida Cancer Data
System Abstractor Code. Codes are renewed annually.
 NEVER share your abstractor code or your code may be suspended or revoked.
Before taking the exam, please read through and become familiar with the FCDS DAM to
ensure you understand all of the Florida abstracting and data collection requirements. The
current version FCDS DAM can be found on our website, http://fcds.med.miami.edu. There
are a few Florida-specific requirements critical to complete reporting in Florida that many outof-state registrars miss – reporting of non-analytic cases and all sequences for historical
cancers.
FCDS monitors use of individual codes and is alert to the practice of sharing abstractor codes
for new staff, temporary staff, and even permanent staff. Please be secure with your abstractor
code, abstracted data, personal information, and all confidential materials. A breach of
confidentiality and/or of protected personal health information or PHI, also known as a
HIPAA Violation, may result in substantial civil monetary penalties (up to $1.5 million in a
single calendar year) and/or criminal penalties of up to 10 years in federal prison.
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Personal Health Information (PHI) includes:
o Patient name, address including street, city, county, zip code and equivalent geo
codes,
o Name of relatives,
o Name of employers,
o All elements of date pertaining to patient ( ex-admission, discharge and birthdate)
o Telephone numbers
o Fax numbers
o Electronic email addresses
o Social Security number, medical record number,
o Health plan beneficiary number,
o Account number
o Certificate and license number,
o Any vehicle or other device serial number
o Web Universal Resource Locator (URL)
o Internet Protocol (IP) address number
o Finer or voice prints
o Photographic images
9. Admissions by Facilities Report
FCDS Data Acquisition staff will review the Admissions by Facilities Report (an internal
FCDS report) on a regular basis. This report makes a comparison of observed to expected
numbers of cases reported by each facility for any time period requested. The report is based
on a five-year historical summary of cases reported to FCDS by each facility. The ratio of
observed to expected is reported as a percent of completeness. Either FCDS Staff or a
representative of the Department of Health will notify facilities that have not reported the
expected number of cases. These same data are included in the Quarterly Activity Report.
10. Facility Timeliness Report
FCDS Data Acquisition staff will review the Facility Timeliness Report on a regular basis.
This report shows the average amount of time (in days) that it takes the reporting facility to
submit a case to FCDS. It specifically; 1) calculates the difference between the date the
reporting facility had the first contact with the patient and the date the case was abstracted, 2)
calculates the difference between the date the case was abstracted and the date the case entered
the FCDS Master File, and 3) calculates the difference between the date the reporting facility
first had contact with the patient and the date the case entered the FCDS Master File. The
time between the date the reporting facility had contact with the patient and the date the case
entered the FCDS Master File should be 180 days or less. These same data are included in the
Quarterly Activity Report (see Section Forms).
11. Other Quality Control Studies and Audits
FCDS Quality Control staff will run quarterly reports to help identify areas of concern
regarding reporting by individual facilities. These quarterly reports will be used to identify
trends in case reporting that may need to be addressed at a facility or at the state level. For
example, if a facility reports that 95% of their prostate cases are "unstaged" at the time of first
contact with their facility there may be a problem with the abstractor’s understanding how to
correctly interpret the field ‘FCDS Stage at First Contact’ and/or how to code it correctly.
Similar analyses will be conducted for individual abstractors within the facility. The FCDS
Quality Control staff will perform ad-hoc inquiries to the FCDS Master File when data
requests are made. Any unusual data will be reviewed, and facility-abstracting staff may be
requested to review individual cases to confirm the reporting of certain data items.
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12. Facility Evaluation Report
The report is a graphical and numerical representation of the performance of a reporting
facility over a given time period, detailing the three principles of data appraisal: Timeliness,
Completeness and Accuracy.
13. FCDS Data Quality Indicator Report (DQIR)
The FCDS Data Quality Indicator Report is designed to provide feedback to registries on the
completeness of case abstracts by examining the frequency of coding “unknown” or “illdefined” values in key analytic data items. Data must meet rigorous national quality standards
to be included in local, regional, state, and national cancer rates, reports to Congress, numerous
surveillance-related publications and for registry certification.
The percent of “unknown” and “ill-defined” values is an indicator used in ranking Florida’s
overall data quality and completeness of case reporting and is used when comparing Florida
data to other states for overall data validity and reliability. These data are also early indicators
of problem areas and areas where FCDS and local registries can improve upon cancer reporting
as data are available. The report includes the Florida state and National distribution of
“unknown” value used for comparison. The report uses data from analytic cases only
Note: This report is a scaled down model of a similar report the CDC National Program of
Cancer Registries (NPCR) provides to Florida and each NPCR state as an assessment of our
state-wide data.
4. Data Requests
Filing the appropriate FCDS and DOH forms is required for data requests. The forms are available on
the FCDS website (http://fcds.med.miami.edu/inc/datarequest.shtml)
Requests for special reports involving release of personal identifiers will be reviewed by a data use
committee of DOH for cost effectiveness, research worthiness, and to ensure patient confidentiality.
In general, most requests for data fall into five categories: CD’s with raw non-confidential data,
statistical/tabular data, confidential data, data linkages, and data for investigation of potential cancer
clusters. There are specific procedures for data release based on the category of request and associated
fees. All data requests, regardless of the nature of the request, must be submitted to FCDS in writing.
Reporting facility data is considered confidential data. When requesting facility specific data (data
other than that submitted from your facility), please mail the data request form along with original
cover letters from all concerned facilities on their facility letterhead to FCDS. It is the requestors
responsibility to obtain permission for data release from each of the medical facilities of interest prior
to making the data request. Keep in mind that all applicable fees apply. The exception to the above
rule is when requesting data submitted from the originating institution. Each reporting facility has an
annual $300 credit, which can be applied to data requests only with regard to data submitted from their
institution. Requests should be submitted in writing on facility letterhead and signed by the supervisor
or the administrator listed in the FCDS database. If the data is to be sent to a third party, this request
should be specified in the letter.
Data are extracted from two main files: the master file and the commercial file. The master file is a
data file containing all cancer records that have successfully passed the SEER (Surveillance
Epidemiology and End Results, National Cancer Institute program) and FCDS standard edit checks.
This file is continually updated as new records are received. The commercial file is a ‘snapshot’ of the
master- file at the exact moment it is created; therefore it remains static while the master-file is
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dynamic. Depending on the nature of the request, FCDS will determine from which file to extract the
data. Generally, the commercial file is used to fill requests for incidence data because the data are
relatively static and menu rates are calculated from this file. For a complete list of data items
available, please refer to FCDS data items list document. Data on the website uses the commercial
file.
Availability of Data by Type, Media, Format, and Data Request Fees and Billing Procedures
1) Data CD’s
FCDS provides three raw data CD’s: a Public Use CD and two versions of the Confidential CD.
Please note these are flat files in a fixed layout, (approximately 2 million records each year) therefore
you will need some type of software to read in the data and analyze it (i.e. SAS, SPSS, SQL).
FCDS will fill data requests for data CD’s within 20 business days once the application has been
approved and payment has been received by FCDS.
a. The Public Use CD is available without charge to anyone requesting FCDS data. The Public Use
CD contains county level case data for all sites, with many of the demographic variables collapsed
into aggregate groups, i.e. age, race, marital status, etc. The application form along with the
variable list for the Public Use CD are available under the “Data Request” link on the FCDS web
site http://fcds.med.miami.edu. Please download the application and follow the submission
instructions.
b. The two versions of the Confidential CD are: 1) The Limited Confidential CD which contains no
geocoded data, and 2) the Full Confidential CD containing geocoded data. Both Confidential CDs
are void of any personal identifiers (name, address, date of birth, and social security number). The
only difference between the CDs is that one contains geocodes, the other does not. FCDS approval
is required for release of the Limited Confidential CD. The application process for the Full
Confidential CD requires DOH IRB approval prior to release. Both Confidential CDs are available
only to recognized academic, research, and governmental institutions. There is a charge for both
versions of the Confidential CD. Please see the Fees and Billing Procedure section of this
document for information on these charges. The application forms for the Confidential CDs are
available online under the “Data Request” link on the FCDS web site http://fcds.med.miami.edu .
If you would like to request one of the CDs please download this document and follow the
submission instructions. In addition, if applying for the Full Confidential CD, please note as stated
above you will need to fill out the DOH IRB form as well. This form is available within the
“Procedure Guide for studies that utilize FCDS for patient identification and contact” document
under the “Data Request” link of our website. Further information on the DOH IRB application
process and timeline can be found at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/execstaff/irb/index.html.
For questions, please contact:
Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Epidemiology
Cancer Registry
Re: Confidential Data Request
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-12
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1720
Telephone: (850) 245-4401
Fax: (850) 922-9299
The data on the CDs are updated when necessary, with the most recent year being added as it
becomes available. FCDS will fill data requests for data CDs within 20 business days once the
application has been approved and payment has been received by FCDS.
2) Statistical/Tabular Data (All non-CD requests for Data)
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All requests for non-confidential statistical/tabular data must be received in writing, please use the
form titled “Data Request Form (for statistical and tabular data)” found under the Data Requests link
on the FCDS web site http://fcds.med.miami.edu. This type of data request can be approved directly
by FCDS.
The basic rule of thumb is that as long as the tabulation cannot either directly or indirectly identify any
patient, the data may be released. In an effort to protect the indirect identification of the patient, the
"rule of ten" is applied; this rule suppresses any cell containing fewer than 10 cases. Tabulated data
may be released at or above the county code level with a count of 10 or greater; for counts less than 10
or data below the county level; approval will be required from the Department of Health.
Because each request is unique, FCDS staff will discuss the project with the requestor to verify the
type of data required and determine if the system is capable of producing the required data and to
determine approximately how long it will take to fill the request. Based on this information, an
estimate of the cost is provided. Then the applicant will need to submit the request in writing. FCDS
staff may contact the requestor as needed to discuss and clarify additional details of the request.
FCDS will fill data requests for statistical/tabular data within 20 business days once the request has
been finalized and the cost has been approved.
3) Confidential Data
All requests for confidential data (any data that can directly identify a patient) must be sent to the
Florida Department of Health (DOH) for approval using both the DOH Bureau of Epidemiology and
the DOH Institutional Review Board (IRB). Please refer to the Procedure Guide for Studies that
Utilize the Florida Cancer Data System Data for Patient Identification and Contact for application
materials and submission requirements. The Procedure Guide can be found at
http://fcds.med.miami.edu/inc/datarequest.shtml . Further information on the DOH IRB application
process and timeline can be found at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/execstaff/irb/index.html
For questions, please contact:
Florida Department of Health
Bureau of Epidemiology
Cancer Registry
Re: Confidential Data Request
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-12
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1720
Telephone: (850) 245-4401
Fax: (850) 922-9299
Once approval has been received from both the DOH Bureau of Epidemiology and DOH IRB,
FCDS staff will then begin to work directly with the researcher. FCDS will not begin work on the
project until we have received all of the necessary approval and paperwork directly from the DOH
Bureau of Epidemiology. Only those data items (variables) specified in the Application for Research
Use of the Florida Cancer Data System will be extracted. FCDS will fill confidential data requests
within 6 weeks time once the request and cost have been approved.
Please note that approval for confidential data through Florida Department of Health can take
anywhere from 8 weeks to 18 months, depending on complexity and thoroughness of the request
of the application. Please plan accordingly.
4) Data Linkage
A data linkage project is a request that involves linking FCDS data to external or internal data sets.
The preliminary steps involving linkages are identical to those of confidential data requests. (Please
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refer to the confidential data requests section above).
Fields used in the linkage must be consistent in both data sets. The researcher should send FCDS the
data in a fixed length ASCII file with the proper record layout and format. (Refer to Data Linkage
Record Layout document). Any deviations from the record layout or format will require extra work
and will be charged to the requestor according to the fee schedule. (Refer to Fees and Billing
Procedure below).
FCDS will fill data linkage requests within 6 weeks following approval of the request and fees.
5) Cancer Cluster Data
Requests for information regarding potential cancer clusters should be directed to the County Health
Department. If necessary, staff at the County Health Department will contact the appropriate division
at the central office of the Florida Department of Health for assistance.
6) Fees and Billing Procedure
Each reporting facility has an annual $200 credit, which can be applied to data requests only with
regard to data submitted from their institution. Requests should be submitted in writing on company
letterhead. If the data is to be sent to a third party, this request should be specified in the letter.
The billing procedure for the Confidential CDs is as follow: once payment and supporting
documentation are received, the CD is mailed out. For all other data requests, an invoice will be
mailed (via email or postal service) along with the results of the data request or linkage.
Most requests generate a fee. The FCDS does not receive additional funding to perform special, adhoc data analysis; therefore actual costs are passed on to the applicant.
The fees are as follows:
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Public use CD - No Charge
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Minimum charge - $150.00
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Statistical analysis/programming/data coordination - $150.00 per hour
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Limited Confidential CD without geocodes - $500.00
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Full Confidential CD with geocodes - $1,000
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Data Linkage:
Sliding scale: <10,000
$3,000
10,000 – 24,999
$2,500 fee plus .05 cents per record
25,000 – 49,999
$3,000 fee plus .03 cents per record
50,000 – 99,999
$3,500 fee plus .02 cents per record
100,000 – 249,999
$4,000 fee plus .015 cents per record
250,000+
$5,000 fee plus .011 cents per record
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Geocoded & Patient Contact lists
Sliding scale: <10,000
$1,500
10,000 – 24,999
$2,000
25,000 – 49,999
$2,500
50,000 – 99,999
$3,000
100,000 – 249,999
$3,500
250,000+
$4,000
Subsequent listing (without changes to format, layout, or variables) will be charged 50
percent of the sliding scale fee for the number of records extracted. For example, subsequent
request for another 30,000 patient listing would be 2500*.50=$1,250.
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Overnight mailing - actual cost
Data linkage fees are charged for those projects involving the matching of an outside data source to the
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Florida Cancer Data System database. Please contact FCDS directly to discuss fields and the
associated record layout. A copy of the required record layout is available under the “Data Request”
link on the FCDS web site http://fcds.med.miami.edu.
Data coordination fees apply to all data linkage projects; they involve manually reviewing possible
matches and correcting for any deviations in field length or variable formats.
Please contact FCDS prior to submitting a written request to discuss the analysis/data extraction and to
obtain an estimate of any fees.
Additional information such as published resources and statistics are available on the FCDS website:
http://fcds.med.miami.edu/inc/statistics.shtml
If a data request does not fall into any of the above categories please contact us at
1-800-906-3034 or 305-243-4600.
All media requests should be directed to Irv Kokol of the FL DOH Office of Communications at
850- 245-4111.
FCDS maintains a list of all published articles using FCDS Data. Please provide information on
any scientific publications resulting from a data request.
K.
FCDS MANAGEMENT REPORTS
FCDS Quarterly Activity Status Report
This report summarizes the FCDS file activity for each facility on a quarterly basis. Every facility
should have some file activity during every quarter of the year. The report documents information
about the number and quality of cases submitted during the previous quarter, timeliness of reporting,
and also provides an annual incidence and completeness summary, which compares observed-toexpected numbers of cases reported for the year. (See Forms Section)
FCDS Data Quality Indicator Report
This report is a scaled down model of a similar report the CDC National Program of Cancer Registries
(NPCR) provides to Florida and each NPCR state as an assessment of state-wide data. The report
reflects 5 years of data and examines the frequency of assignment of “unknown” or “ill-defined”
values to key analysis variables over the course of the five-year period with comparison to national.
The percent of “unknown” and “ill-defined” values in certain variables is a data quality indicator used
to rank Florida’s overall data quality and completeness of the data for each case reported and is used
when comparing Florida data to other states for overall data reliability. These data are also indicators
of problem areas where FCDS and local registries can improve upon cancer reporting as data are
available.
Annual AHCA Unmatched Report
The AHCA Unmatched Report and subsequent follow-back procedures are used to assess casefinding
completeness at the facility level.
Consolidated AHCA and Vital Statistics Follow-Back Reports (Casefinding Audits).
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Consolidated AHCA and Vital Statistics Follow-Back Reports will be available via FCDS IDEA
following the June 30 Reporting Deadline.
Annual Bureau of Vital Statistics Unmatched Report
FCDS staff will perform annual matching of the FCDS Master File to the Florida Bureau of Vital
Statistics death files. FCDS will provide the reporting facility with a list of unmatched Vital Statistics
cases (deaths) that show the place of death as the reporting facility.
Consolidated Vital Statistics and AHCA Follow-Back Reports (Casefinding Audits).
Consolidated Reports Vital Statistics and AHCA Follow-Back Reports will be available via FCDS
IDEA following the June 30 Reporting Deadline.
FCDS EDITS Master List
This is a listing of all FCDS edits included in the latest FCDS EDITS Metafile and includes the edit
number, edit category, and edit message. The current list can be found under Downloads on the FCDS
website. This list is updated regularly and can be found on the FCDS Website under Downloads.
L.
AWARDS
Jean Byers Memorial Award for Excellence in Cancer Registration
Pat Strait Award for Excellence in Cancer Registry Abstracting (formerly known as Certificate of
Excellence in Cancer Reporting – The Pat Strait Award for Excellence in Cancer Registry Abstracting
is awarded to individuals who contribute to a facility achieving the annual Jean Byers Memorial
Award.
Criteria for receipt of the Jean Byers Award and the Pat Strait Award are based on a standard set of
criteria that meet or exceed the completeness, timeliness and accuracy requirements determined by
FCDS and CDC. The criteria may change between years, depending on annual reporting conditions
but generally are a factor of a combination of successful data quality metrics including; Reporting
Deadline, percent of missed cases as determined using AHCA and Vital Statistics Matching and
Follow-Back Results (missed cases cannot exceed 10% of the facility’s annual caseload), and other
established data quality indicator metrics.
M.
FCDS GENERAL MAILING INSTRUCTIONS:
DO NOT MAIL ANY MATERIALS CONTAINING PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION (PHI).
In order to protect and properly handle all packages FCDS is making the following recommendations:
1. We ask that if you are mailing a package to FCDS use Federal Express, UPS, Airborne Express or
any other type of courier service.
a. The FCDS street address below must be used for courier packages:
FCDS
University of Miami School of Medicine
1550 NW 10 AVE
Room 410
Miami, FL 33136
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Include the following text on a separate header page in the package.
b. Always request a signature upon delivery.
c. Make sure that the addressee at FCDS knows that she/he is to expect a package.
d. Track the package to ensure that it has reached its destination. You may want to explore
the e-mail tracking and notification features that the courier of choice offers.
2. For non-confidential information, if using US Postal Service, which may include Express
mail, Priority mail, and Certified mail, you must use the FCDS PO Box address below:
FCDS
University of Miami School of Medicine
PO BOX 016960 (D4-11)
Miami, FL 33101
3. All shipments must adhere to the FCDS Confidential Information Security Policy.
N.
CALENDAR/FORMS/TEMPLATES/SAMPLE REPORTS
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FCDS Annual Reporting Calendar
FCDS 2014 Abstract Form - Sample
FCDS Discrepancy Journal - Sample
Not Reportable List - Template
FCDS Quarterly Activity Status Report – Sample
FCDS Data Quality Indicator Report - Sample
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