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NCDB Completeness and Default Overuse Report Released

The Default Completeness and Overuse Report for 2016 diagnoses submitted during the 2018 Call for Data has been released. This report gives Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited programs information about the completeness of required data items. Site-specific reports are available for: Breast, Colon, Rectum, Stomach, Esophagus and EG Junction, Lung, Cervical, Endometrium, and Ovary. CoC-accredited programs are able to access this report through CoC Datalinks in your CoC Datalinks Activity menu under National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) Data Transmission.

Users can download an Excel file with the list of records and fields for a particular benchmark. Facility key, accession number, and sequence numbers are included to facilitate record identification. Records that do not meet the benchmark are tagged 'x' in the "REVIEW" field.

Aggregate benchmark percentages reflect all active CoC-accredited facilities who submitted during the 2018 Call for Data.

From the Activity Menu on the upper-left corner of the NCDB Data Completeness Reports for Cases Diagnosed in 2016 page, selecting the Help link opens a document with additional information regarding the purpose of this report along with navigation instructions. Briefly, the purpose of this report is to give CoC-accredited programs information about required data items for which they may not be providing all of the information that is available in the patient record. Standards 1.4 and 5.3/5.4 require monitoring of use of “unknown” codes in registry data. The NCDB Completeness and Default Overuse Report can be used to identify areas that require attention. At this time, the Commission on Cancer has not set a performance threshold for use of these codes. Each program will need to identify its own areas needing work, but some problem areas common to many programs are apparent from the tables for “All CoC Accredited Facilities.” The need for attention to recurrence items is mentioned specifically in Standards 5.3/5.4.

Please send all comments, concerns and questions to ncdb@facs.org.