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Question: In review of the included population for STK does hospital admission status matter?

Is the statement below intended to mean the admission "status" of the patient, or is it intended to mean, being physically in a bed in the acute care hospital? Are Observation patients included in this population?

Patients admitted to the hospital for inpatient acute care are included in one of the STK ICD sub-populations and are eligible to be sampled if they have:

The question came up when a patient identified as OBS, discharged with a final diagnosis of stroke.


Jeni, Observation patients that are not admitted to the hospital for inpatient care are not included in the Stroke Initial Patient Population. The patient must be admitted for inpatient care. If OBS status is changed to inpatient status, then the case would be included. Hope this clarifies for you and your team. Thank you for your inquiry.

Question Details
Focus area(s): Measure Algorithms – Technical (chart abstracted)
Related documents: STK-2,
Manual: Current Manual (current data collection period; prior to data transmission)

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