American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

New and Improved: Updates to STORE

New Date: November 24, 2020 12:00 pm Central Time

Beginning in 2021, the Standards for Oncology Registry Entry (STORE) will change to reflect current diagnosis and treatment practices.  The presentation will share details on new and updated data items and their application to ensure accurate and consistent coding of cancer registry information.  In addition, the presentation will review the data items that have been retired from STORE and will no longer be collected by the NCDB.


Ryan McCabe, PhD

Ryan McCabe, PhDDr. McCabe has been the Senior Manager of the National Cancer Database (NCDB) since 2014.  Previously, he was the Director of Clinical & Research Informatics for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Before beginning work in healthcare research, Dr. McCabe was a software developer and entrepreneur. He completed a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota focusing on machine learning, computational modeling and validation, probability theory, and computational neuroscience. He has published research in the areas of chronic disease, medical informatics, and quality of life in cancer patients. He is interested in creating and integrating information tools for clinicians and patients with cancer to help inform the decision-making process of screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.


Susanne Kessler, MSM, RHIT, CTR

Susanne Kessler, MSM, RHIT, CTRMs. Kessler has been with the American College of Surgeons for 4 years. As the manager of the NCDB Information and Data Standards since 2018, she has been instrumental in the support of the new platform RCRS and the upcoming STORE v2021 release.

Delores Akins, CTR

Delores Akins, CTRMs. Akins has been with the NCDB for two years. As a NCDB User Support Specialist, she addresses NCDB mailbox emails, CAncer Forum, NCDB tools, STORE, and provides ratings for Standards 6.2 Data Submissions and 6.3 Data Accuracy.

Cindy Traylor-Richards, CTR

Ms. Traylor-Richards is the newest member of the NCDB User Support team. Her previous experience includes CTR Compliance Coordinator at the University of KY Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network. Ms. Traylor-Richards has experience in both CoC-accredited and non-accredited facilities with experience also in KY’s central registry. She has extensive experience assisting both small and large facilities with CoC accreditation as well as assisting seasoned programs with CoC re-accreditation and deficiency resolutions. Ms. Traylor-Richards provided registry and CoC guidance to 21 facilities within KY and will be providing suggestions on how to transition to concurrent abstracting.

Learning Objectives

  • Correctly interpret and apply new and updated STORE data items and codes to classify and code patient information for entry into the cancer registry data base.
  • Describe the rationale for data items that have been retired from STORE and the effect of this change on the cancer registry workload.
  • Apply knowledge of the new and updated data items to current abstracting and data management operations to ensure efficient, consistent, and timely completion of abstracting and submission of data to the NCDB.

Target Audience

The Better Data; Better Quality; Better Outcomes webinar series is for all members of the multidisciplinary care team at health care facilities that treat patients with cancer, including but not limited to:

  • Cancer committee members
  • Navigators
  • Nurses
  • Physicians (Cancer Liaison Physicians)
  • Program leadership (cancer program administrators, breast program directors, breast program leaders)
  • Registrars

Continuing Education

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for this course.
1 continuing education credit for #2020-154 will be provided from National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA).
ACS Cancer Programs is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP17437, for 1 contact hour.