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Peggy Carroll

State Health Registry of Iowa

2652 University Capitol Centre

641-777-3188

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2015 ICRA FALL BUSINESS MEETING


MINUTES OF ICRA 2015 FALL BUSINESS MEETING


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2015


UIHC, IOWA CITY, IOWA


 


The meeting was called to order at 12:15 pm by President Carol Fredenburg.


MINUTES APPROVAL: 


Minutes from the prior 2014 business meeting were posted on the ICRA website for ICRA members. Motion made & seconded to approve the minutes, minutes approved.


REPORTS:


Carole mentioned the president luncheon information from the NCRA conference. April Fritz is one of the main speakers that the organizations have.  One of the chapters said that they had a deaf person attend their conference and they had to pay for an interpreter at a cost of $1800 per day.  Carol mentioned that she won the SEER basket at the NCRA conference this spring. The basket contained three $100 Massage Envy cards in it, and three gift cards that were for $25 along with other things.


Treasurer:  Tara gave the treasurer’s report.  Beginning balance 6014.78.  Expenses since the last meeting totaled 2650.16.  Income from membership fees totaled 2200.00, leaving a balance of   5564.62.  Also, we have received a check from NCRA for 92.50 from the basket program as well as a donation in the amount of $250 from the vendor ERS. These amounts have not been added to the balance above.  Also, the fees   for this meeting are not tallied yet.  Treasurer’s report approved.


 It was asked if we had any idea what it would cost to have an interpreter.  This will be looked into.


Secretary:  See minutes above


Vice President:   Rhonada read the by-law changes that were made at the last board meeting.  They are as follows:  (underscored sections)


Article VI: Board of Directors: Section II Powers and duties, A.:  Change to say:  The board of directors shall appoint a committee for selection of annual meeting if needed.  


Article VI, Section II, Letter H:  Prepare an annual operating budget at the beginning of each fiscal year and present an audited financial report to the membership 30 days after the end of the Treasurer’s term.


Article VI, Section III, Letter A:  The Board of Directors shall meet after the annual meeting ICRA, and at such times as deemed advisable during the year on call of the President or a majority of the Board.


Article X, Section III Official Publication:  The Iowa Cancer Registrar’s Association website shall be the official ICRA publication.


Please refer to by-laws as changed by VP Rhonada Weber, for revisions.


Judy asked about the board meeting change for the time of year of the board meeting, questioning the reason for the change of the date.  Kathy Churchill stated that she thought the by-laws should state how many times the board should meet.  It was mentioned that this can vary, depending on needs.  Carol said it was decided that it was more beneficial to have the board meeting after the ICRA membership meeting instead of prior to.  The board can still meet prior to the membership meeting if need be.


Cindi Dryer brought up the suggestion that since the ICRA pays for the expenses for the president to go to the NCRA meeting, the president should go for the first year of their term and then possibly another member be allowed to go to the NCRA meeting the next year.  This would allow more members to attend the NCRA meeting.   There was discussion of possible ways to send more members to the NCRA meetings.


Tania stated that other board members have been allowed to attend the NCRA meeting with ICRA paying for the registration.  Cindi said we have a small membership and that many members are in small hospital programs and do not have the budget to attend the meetings.  Discussed different scenarios about giving the opportunity for other members to go to the NCRA meetings.  Judy S. mentioned that in order to get a person interested in being president, it is a perk to pay their expenses to go to the meeting.  Members discussed ways to better use the funding for the meeting and who should be able to attend.  Bobbi suggested that the president and/or board decide who should attend. Tania stated what the board did this year in allowing a second board member to attend the meeting since Carol’s registration fee was paid by NCRA.  She also felt that the money should be used to send members to the national meeting. 


Carol stated that if there were other suggestions on this subject, members could email them to her and this would be further discussed at the board meeting.


The by-laws were motioned to be changed as read earlier by Rhonada and received unanimous approval of the changes.


Library:  Carol stated that she cleaned out the old materials from the library.  The CTR prep materials and the business manual are in the library.  Most of the materials are available online. 


Carol said that only 55% of test takers passed the test this year.   This is way down from prior year.  The test is being changed.


No new CTRs at the meeting. 


Website:  Renee asked for approval for continuation of the website at $158, approved.  Carol presented Renee with a $50 gift card for all the work that she does for the website. 


OLD BUSINESS:  None.


NEW BUSINESS:


Carol thanked the UIHC for hosting the meeting. 


The $250 donation received from the ERS vendor will go into the education fund.   


 We have one new member present at the meeting, Anne Stephenson at Trinity, Ft Dodge, welcome!


Carol said that the board decided to give a $10 gift card to current members that recruit new members.


Carol asked if anyone would be interested in volunteering to host the meeting for next year.  Judy said that perhaps the SHRI would be able to host the meeting for 2016.  They will have to check the calendar to see what is available.  No other volunteers at this time. 


No further business, motion made and seconded to adjourn.


Meeting adjourned at 12:45 pm. 


Afterwards, a drawing was done for prizes.


The winners are:   Kindle Fire:   Renee Hoyt


    $100 VISA Card:  Cyndi Brugioni


    $50 VISA Cards:   Cindy Kalvig and Dominee Morris


    $25 VISA Cards:    Amy Mattes, Teresa Merkel, Vickie Vermazen and Karla Stork


 


Respectfully submitted,


Jan Eiler, Secretary


posted 8/2/16


ICRA FALL EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP

The ICRA Fall Education Workshop will be held at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines on September 17, 2014.  Click here for a brochure.  Registration deadline is September 1, 2014.   Click here for registration form.


For driving directions go to http://www.mercydesmoines.org/about-mercy/driving-directions-to-mercy


For detailed map of Mercy Hospital, go to http://www.mercydesmoines.org/about-mercy/maps-central


For other questions, please contact 515-643-8206


posted 8/11/14



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ICRA FALL 2013 EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP & BUSINESS MEETING

Make plans now to attend the 2013 Fall Educational Workshop to be held at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  Click here for a brochure.  Registration deadline is September 16, 2013.

Questions:  contact Erica Hemsley @   [email protected]

posted 8/21/13

CANCER REGISTRARS OF ILLINOIS ANNUAL MEETING

 

The Cancer Registrars of Illinois will be holding their annual meeting on September 19-20, 2013 in Decatur, Illinois.  April Fritz will be a presenter.  For more information, click here for a brochure and registration form.

posted 7/19/13 

35th Anniversary Celebration Dinner/ICRA Fall Workshop

SAVE THE DATE!

ICRA will celebrate 35 years and plans are being made to celebrate the occasion in Des Moines.  Please mark your calendars for Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25.  We will begin our celebration with a special dinner on Monday night followed by our Fall workshop the next day. 

For brochure/registration form, click here

 

posted 2/01/12

updated 8/15/12 

 

CANCER REGISTRARS ASSOCIATION OF THE DAKOTAS - 2012

 

For those of you in Western Iowa/Eastern Nebraska and South Dakota, CRAD will be holding their 2012 Annual Conference.   

For more information and brochure, click here

POSTED 8/15/12 

CANCER REGISTRARS ASSOCIATION OF THE DAKOTAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE - 2010

August 31, 2010

 

Don't forget to check periodically for updates to the calendar!

A new event was just added for those of you in Western Iowa/Eastern Nebraska and South Dakota... on September 16 and 17, the Cancer Registrars Association of the Dakotas 2010 Annual Conference will be held. Registration is due by September 9. 

FALL MEETING WORKSHOP EVALUATION

FALL MEETING (SEPTEMBER 16-17, 2009)

ICRA WORKSHOP EVALUATION FORM

 

32 forms were returned.


PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

 

( all with discussion & learning opportunities) LOW 1 2 3 4 5 HIGH

 

1. Participate in advanced coding exercises Part 1. 4.6

2. Receive results from Colon QC to identify common coding errors. 4.6

3. Receive results from Breast QC to identify common coding erros. 4.5

4. Receive results from Lymphoma QC to identify common coding errors. 4.5

5. Receive results from Melanoma QC to identify common coding errors. 4.6

6. Participate in advanced coding exercises Part II. 4.6

 

Please rate overall workshop:

0 POOR 1 FAIR 10 GOOD 21 EXCELLENT

 

Relationship content of this program to my job is:

0 POOR 0 FAIR 2 GOOD 29 EXCELLENT 1 N/A

 

Rate the training materials/handouts/visuals used in presentation:

0 POOR 1 FAIR 7 GOOD 24 EXCELLENT

 

How would you rate the presentations?

0 POOR 1 FAIR 13 GOOD 18 EXCELLENT

 

The facilities for this workshop were:

0 POOR 0 FAIR 6 GOOD 25 EXCELLENT

 

PRESENTATION COMMENTS:

 

Dull. Need methods other than reading slides.

Coding practices very beneficial.

Excellent prostate presentation.

Coding in afternoon difficult to stay focused.

Made a lot of valid points and made a point of highlighting problem areas.

Changes from last year not communicated to hospital staff.

Thank you for hard work doing QC.

Good discussions - need more time to go through them.

Some of Dr Platz' slides were not in handouts. Would be nice to have.

 

 

WHAT WERE BEST FEATURES OF THIS WORKSHOP?

 

 

Nothing. Cringed at the thought of spending two days in a meeting just coding others' abstracts. Want instruction, not review of old information. Very disappointed in Fall meeting.

Lunch was good!

Judy does good job with presentations.

Coding - training materials and review of answers.

All the information.

Hands-on exercises.

Coding exercises and QC. Learn alot from QC reviews.

Handouts.

Coverage of wide variety of sites.

Feedback on QC helpful. Opportunity to ask questions.

Managed to keep us on track so one didn't get too far behind on time - no easy task!

Easy access to meeting room, parking, hotel.

Abstracting and discussion. Feel this is most important part.

Colon QC will help me improve my documentation, better understanding of data items.

Education applicable.

Lots of discussion.


WHAT TOPICS WOULD YOU LIKE COVERED AT FUTURE WORKSHOPS?

 

 

New 2010 items.

MP/H.

Would like SHRI to send changes they make to our cases.

Would like each hospital or abstractor to bring 3-5 cases they feel they have issues with for all to discuss how we would code.

Any collaborative stage review is helpful. Would like more on lung and lymphoma.

New rules.

Lung - multiple tumors present.

Head and neck tumor review would be helpful.

Ovary extension.

 

OTHER COMMENTS:

 

Information too drawn out. Stay within allotted time. Stick with schedule. QC study results could have been presented in half the time.

Excellent seminar.

Very good, learned much, thank you!

Great lunch.

Provide handouts at meeting and then add to electronic version after meeting.

State Registry people talk too much and too loud in back row.

Do coding exercises in a.m.

Thanks for all your hard work! Lunch and snacks were great!

Good workshop.

Can you send exercises out early so we could do them prior to meeting.

Nice room, good food. Good review of cases.

Please have Dr Platz put lymphoma slides out on web.

Need to stay on task and on time or give more time to topics.

 

SPRING MEETING WORKSHOP EVALUATION

SPRING MEETING (April 8-9, 2009)

ICRA WORKSHOP EVALUATION

HOSTED BY UIHC

 

 

Program Objectives

Comments

 

 

Banging above! (3/5 for conducive learning environment)

Aids were helpful when handed out.

 

 

Relationship of Content of this Program to My Job

Comments

 

Program was very well planned. Very smooth & excellent presentations.

All good!

One of the best Iowa conferences I've been to.

Good job to the organizers, coordinators and SHRI staff.

Dr.Buatti talked about brain xrt VS pancreas - didn't really go with program. Having resources at the U of I is wonderful to be able to bring to registries in state that do not interact with medical staff. Thank you.

Interesting topic.

Excellent program and food!!!

The program is well organized. Appreciate the line of speakers and their knowledge and credentials.

Good program. Very interesting.

Great speakers and I learned a lot.

Great conference.

Very good info on all subjects.

Room was a little chilly.

Lunch was awesome!!

Nice room & set up.

Good number of prizes.

ACS navigator sad Cancer Info Service interesting but why do we care about these? ACS Navigator people already drill this stuff in our heads and it is redundant.

Retired.

Excellent! Enjoyed!

 

The Facilities for This Offering Were...

Comments

 

Too bad about the roofing.

Nice atmosphere.

The room was chilly!

Excellent speakers with good presentations.

Thought there should have been a brief update on ICRA

Too cold.

Thanks for your hard work preparing for this meeting.

Great food! Nice gifts! Very informative and knowledgeable speakers! Thank you! Roof work distracting.

Best workshop I've been to in a long time! Good work.

Too bad about the roof work!

Megan was a great speaker for the end of the day! smile She was happy and excited and kept people involved!

Very good - noise?

Nice job on topics, nice folders, great speakers. Good job! Very comfortable. Great food/drink. Great facility. Great organization of meeting.

Lunch and snacks were excellent! Thanks!

Still a bit drafty and still with distracting noises from some exterior source.

I think we need a little more room as we have more people attending. [Above avg] except it's cold.

Cold and then hot, room temp off and on. Good food. There was a loud noise overhead which was distracting.


Additional Comments

 

 

Great food! Lunch was wonderful.

Found a very helpful group here in Iowa. Well planned and very knowledgeable group of speakers. Thank you! Great! Great! Great!

Have meeting on Fridays please!

Excellent speakers today and yummy, excellent food!! Best ever!

Wonderful speakers - thanks UIHC Cancer Registry! Great food! You all did a wonderful job on today's workshop. The food was also wonderful.

Great food, wasn't cold like fall meeting, great prizes - very good! smile

Nice to have help w/registration instead of having to tackle that & everything else.

Coffee and breakfast always a plus! Good food!

Very well organized, on time, friendly personnel, great food!!

Applicable to our jobs.

Very good mtg! Very good food (snacks & lunch).

Very good job UIHC!! Lots of good feedback on food & program! smile

Speakers - lots of great comments on speakers & how schedule ran really well. People said they liked all the food out and not having to search for it!

Great program. Dr.Platz is always a wonderful speaker and has great pictures. Was wonderful lunch - would suggest sandwich/soup/fruit bar was a great way to feed. Thank you for hosting.

One of the best meetings in a long time.

Please Please have meeting on fridays!

Date for mtg was horrible. Mandatory meeting for our department. Interfered with major Jewish holiday. Please take holidays into consideration in the future. Food was awesome - lots of good speakers. Appreciate everyone's hard work in putting together a good conference.

Great workshop - good job - food great. Thank you. Very helpful. Very enjoyable. Lunch was great! Wish Rad. Oncologist talked more about radiation treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Wish we had a medical oncologist to speak about pancreatic cancer treatment as some pancreatic cancers are chemo treated.

Lunch was great - kept program speakers going.

I think doctor sessions 45 minutes long would be better.

Very nice. Radiation section was excellent, little info related to pancreas cancer.

 

 

Suggestions for Future Workshop Topics

 

Using the data topics.

New data collection terms Lungs and dietary

Is it possible to have fall meeting in Des Moines or a more central location? Ovary extent of dz codes.

More exposured U of I phy.

CS training for most sites, the new changes 2010.

Lung cancer.

While this may not affect everyone, but something to consider next spring when scheduling a meeting is to avoid the week before Easter as this is 'holy week' and many churches have events all week including Monday-Thurs, etc.

Always have surgeon present - you learn the most.

I think today's meeting can be a blue print in organizing future workshops.

Stick to single cancer/topic and have speakers talk about aspects as they have done today.

Good workshop - all presenters were very interesting. 

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