NCRA advocated successfully for a new Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) for medical registrars. On December 7, 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the establishment of a detailed occupation code of “Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars" in the SOC system. The new detailed occupation code reflects the increase use of data to improve medical treatment and care and the critical role cancer registrars play in collecting that data. The new code will also ensure that the statistics on the cancer registry workforce will be more accurate, providing a clearer understanding of the current and future workforce needs; correct salary information will help recruit and retain qualified individuals; and skill-appropriate personnel will be hired to fill cancer registrar positions at both the central and hospital levels. Read the press release.
NCRA has prepared materials to help its members and other medical registrars understand the importance and the process for establishing a distinct detailed SOC occupation code for “Medical Registrars”. The following video presentation outlines NCRA’s rationale and the SOC revision process.