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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2012B

Data Element Name: Unique Blinded Case Identifier
Collected For: All Records , All Records (Used in transmission of anonymous patient-level data to the Joint Commission)
Definition:An identifier that is assigned to each patient by the hospital that uniquely identifies the patient for the episode of care. It is a fictitious identifier used to differentiate between individual patient records.

Suggested Data Collection Question:What number has been assigned to identify the patient?
Allowable Values:

Any valid positive number up to nine digits

  • This identifier should not be derived from or related to information about the patient in such a way that it is possible to identify the patient via a review or manipulation of the data.
  • Since a unique identifier is used for each medical record that is abstracted for the Joint Commission pilot, hospitals need to link this tracking identifier to the original patient record. This link will be important in the event that data quality issues arise and it is requested that the episode of care data be reviewed or if the patient is chosen to be included in the data reliability study.
Notes for Abstraction:
Suggested Data Sources:

Additional Notes: Does not apply, determined by the hospital.
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
None None

Unique Blinded Case Identifier
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2012B)
Discharges 07-01-12 (3Q12) through 12-31-12 (4Q12)