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Specifications Manual, Version 3.0c

Discharges 10/01/2009 to 03/31/2010

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Specifications Manual for discharges 10/01/2009 - 03/31/2010

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*NOTE:The Joint Commission-only measure sets for this version of the manual—for Pregnancy and Related Conditions (PR), Children's Asthma Care (CAC), Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Stroke (STK) Measure Information Forms (MIFs)—are available from the Joint Commission website.

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Table Of Contents
Using the Manual

Section 1 - Data Dictionary

Introduction to the Data Dictionary

Alphabetical Data Dictionary (revised 11/06/09)

Section 2 - Measurement Information
Section 2.1 - Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)  (revised 08/07/09)
Section 2.2 - Heart Failure (HF)  (revised 08/07/09)
Section 2.3 - Pneumonia (PN)  (revised 08/07/09)
Section 2.4 - Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP)  (revised 08/07/09)
Section 2.5 - Pregnancy and Related Conditions (PR)*  (The Joint Commission website)
Section 2.6 - Children's Asthma Care (CAC)*  (The Joint Commission website)
Section 2.7 - Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)*  (The Joint Commission website)
Section 2.8 - Stroke (STK)*  (The Joint Commission website)
Section 2.9 - Emergency Department (ED)
Section 3 - Missing and Invalid Data
Section 4 - Population and Sampling Specifications
Sections 5, 6, 7 and 8 - Reserved for Future Use
Section 9 - Data Transmission

Transmission Alphabetical Data Dictionary

Transmission Data Processing Flow: Clinical

Transmission Data Processing Flow: Population and Sampling

Hospital Clinical Data XML File Layout, XLS  (revised 08/07/09)

Hospital Initial Patient Population Data XML File Layout, XLS
Section 10 - CMS Outcome Measures (Claims-Based)
Section 10.1 - Risk-Standardized 30-Day Mortality Measures
Section 10.2 - Risk-Standardized 30-Day Readmission Measures

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