NCRA’s 42nd Annual Educational Conference (NCRA 2016) will be held April 10-13, 2016, at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The program has been designed to keep registrars up-to-date with advancements and changes in the field and to ensure the transition from Collaborative Stage to AJCC TNM Stage and NCI-SEER Summary Stage goes smoothly. Attendees can earn up to 18 CEs in three days! NCRA is also offering poster sessions in 2016 to provide attendees additional opportunities to learn how cancer registry data impact public health and what’s new in the industry. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

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Conference Program

   • 2016 Annual Conference Program



NCRA’s online registration for the 42nd Annual Conference is closed.  You can still register for the conference by submitting your registration form by fax or email April 5-7, 2016.  Registration after April 7th should be carried with you and can be processed onsite at our conference, starting on Sunday, April 10th at 1pm.

   •  Registration Brochure

   •  Registration Form

Note: Early-bird Cut-off Date ended March 4, 2016.


Questions? E-mail or phone 703-299-6640 at extensions 320 or 311.




Pre-Conference Workshop

The SEER Workshop is Closed. To be placed on the wait list please e-mail Those on the wait list will be registered in the order they are placed on the list as seats become available.

SEER 2016: Advanced Topics for Registry Professionals

Saturday and Sunday, April 9–10, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

SEER’s Advanced Topics for Registry Professionals Workshop is divided into two days. Saturday’s workshop will focus on central registry topics; Sunday’s workshop will concentrate on general registry issues. Attendees will expand knowledge, build expertise and confidence in the areas of TNM data consolidation, central registry operations, edits, new initiatives in quality control methods, SEER tools and updates, treatment data, and staging resources. Participants may register for day one, day two, or both days. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited; no meals will be provided.


Concurrent Workshop

Fundamentals of Abstracting

Monday and Tuesday, April 11–12, 8:00 AM–4:00 PM, and Wednesday, April 13, 8:00 AM–12:00 PM

The Fundamentals of Abstracting Workshop is intended for new registrars and will focus on the concepts of quality abstracting and data reporting practices. The agenda provides hands-on experiences and interactive exercises using patient cases, resource materials, manuals, and databases to provide the participant opportunities to experience a variety of basic and complex abstracting exercises. The faculty will provide a theoretical basis for the tasks and activities associated with abstracting and a comprehensive and thorough review of the topics most important to abstractors. Pre-work, including completing case studies and participating in a pre-workshop webinar, is required.


Who Should Attend the Fundamentals of Abstracting Workshop?

The Fundamentals of Abstracting Workshop is suitable for cancer registry employees with between six months and two years of experience. Attendees should have knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. The workshop is considered a basic course and is not eligible for CE credits.


Post-Conference Workshops

CTR Exam Prep Workshop

Thursday, April 14, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

The CTR Exam Prep Workshop is a one-day rigorous training experience for those preparing to take the CTR exam in the summer and fall exam periods. Faculty will focus exclusively on the open-book portion of the exam and provide a thorough review of resources and offer hands-on case studies to help candidates prepare for the exam. Faculty: Donna Gress, RHIT, CTR.


Training Workshop for NPCR’s Education and Training Coordinators

Thursday, April 14; 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

The NPCR Training Workshop for Education and Training Coordinators (ETCs) is an invitation-only event. Details will be e-mailed to invited participants.


Need a Letter-of-Support to Head to NCRA 2016?

NCRA reaches out to administrators to support cancer registry staff attending its educational conference. This letter-of-support highlights the value and importance of attending the conference. We need your help in identifying who should receive this important letter on your behalf. Note: the letter is not limited to hospital facilities. Any NCRA member who feels they would benefit from such support is encouraged to provide their supervisors’ contact information. NCRA will not share the contact information with other organizations, and NCRA will not mention your name in the communication. Complete the Online Request for Letter of Support



Westgate Las Vegas Resort Hotel

The Westgate Las Vegas Resort Hotel is the host for NCRA’s 2016 Annual Educational Conference. The Westgate is where all events will occur and where sleeping rooms are reserved. Set against a panoramic desert skyline on 80 lushly landscaped acres of Nevada, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort Hotel is just one block from the famed Las Vegas Strip and immediately adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center and on the Las Vegas Tram for easy transport to and from the hotel.

Westgate Las Vegas Resort Hotel
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Hotel Reservations

NCRA has negotiated a single/double sleeping room rate of $104, including in-room Wi-Fi. Room reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis until sell-out or March 4, 2016, whichever comes first. Make reservations online by going to or call 1-800-635-7711 and provide the code SNCR6R to receive the hotel rate.

Hotel Deposit Information

A deposit of one night room and tax will be required to guarantee the reservation. The guarantee can be made by credit card or personal check in the amount of the first night’s room and tax. Hotel confirmations will be sent directly from the hotel via e-mail. If one needs to cancel a reservation, please obtain a cancellation number. If the reservation is not cancelled at least 14 days prior to arrival and a cancellation number is not obtained, a “no-show” fee of one-night’s room and tax will be assessed.

Air Travel

McCarran International Airport (LAS) is the major airport servicing Las Vegas. LAS has flights daily and hosts all major carriers.


Airport Transportation

Super Shuttle will be NCRA’s roundtrip ground transportation provider to your hotel during the conference. Use Group Code 6RYQJ to receive the special discount rate of $11 one way or $22 roundtrip. Shuttle reservations must be made 24 hours in advance of the time of pick up. Only advance reservations are guaranteed. Book your reservation at, or call (800) 258-3826.


Exhibit at NCRA 2016

NCRA has over 5,700 members dedicated to the cancer registry community, including registrars, administrators, researchers, publishers, software companies, staffing agencies, and data managers. Questions? E-mail Peggy Meehan at

•  2016 Exhibitor Prospectus

•  2016 Exhibitors


Volunteers Needed

NCRA needs volunteers for the 2016 NCRA Annual Educational Conference in Las Vegas. Volunteers are sought to help assure that the event is a success for everyone! Tasks include: bag preparation, educational session monitors, and business meeting assistance. Volunteer Sign-up Form.


Annual State Associations Basket Raffle

State associations create beautiful baskets that are representative of their communities. These baskets are raffled during the conference. If your state association is interested in participating, download the Annual State Basket Raffle Application Form.


State Presidents’ Leadership Event

NCRA will hold its annual networking and information-sharing event for state associations on Tuesday, April 12. Details will be e-mailed to state association presidents in March 2016.


NCRA 2016 Annual Business Meeting Agenda

NCRA 2016 Annual Business Meeting Agenda
                 Monday, April 11, 2016
               Westgate Las Vegas Hotel

1. Welcome and Call to Order
2. Adoption of the Credentials Report
3. Adoption of the Annual Business Meeting Standing Rules
4. Adoption of the Agenda
5. Report from the Minutes Approval Committee 2015
6. Appointment of the Minutes Approval Committee 2016
7. Announcement of Election Results
8. Treasurer’s Report
9. New Business
        a. Criteria for Meeting Selection
10. Adjourn

2016 Proposed Bylaw Amendment (PDF Format)