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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2012B

Data Element Name: Admission Type
Collected For: PC-04, PC-05,
Definition:The code indicating priority/type of admission.
Suggested Data Collection Question:What was the priority/type of admission?
Allowable Values:

1     Emergency
The patient requires immediate medical intervention as a result of severe, life threatening, or potentially disabling conditions.

2     Urgent
The patient requires immediate attention for the care and treatment of a physical or mental disorder.

3     Elective
The patient's condition permits adequate time to schedule the services.

4     Newborn
Use of this code necessitates the use of special Source of Admission/Point of Origin codes -- see data element Point of Origin for Admission or Visit.

5     Trauma Center
Visit to a trauma center/hospital as licensed or designated by the state or local government authority authorized to do so, or as verified by the American College of Surgeons and involving a trauma activation.

9     Information not available

Notes for Abstraction:
  • If unable to determine admission type, select 9.

  • If the patient is born outside of the hospital, e.g., in an ambulance, and the hospital issues the birth certificate, select "4".
Suggested Data Sources:

  • Emergency department record
  • History and physical
  • Face sheet
  • Progress notes
  • UB-04, Field Location: 14
Additional Notes: Reprinted from National Uniform Billing Committee Official UB-04 Data Specifications Manual by permission, Copyright 2011, by American Hospital Association.
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
  • None
  • None

Admission Type
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2012B)
Discharges 07-01-12 (3Q12) through 12-31-12 (4Q12)