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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2013B

Data Element Name: Discharge Date
Collected For: All Records , Not collected for HBIPS-2 and HBIPS-3
Definition:The month, day, and year the patient was discharged from acute care, left against medical advice, or expired during this stay.

Suggested Data Collection Question:What is the date the patient was discharged from acute care, left against medical advice (AMA), or expired?

Length:10 MM-DD-YYYY (includes dashes)
Allowable Values:

MM = Month (01-12)
DD = Day (01-31)
YYYY = Year (20xx)

Notes for Abstraction:

Because this data element is critical in determining the population for many measures, the abstractor should NOT assume that the claim information for the discharge date is correct. If the abstractor determines through chart review that the date is incorrect, she/he should correct and override the downloaded value. If the abstractor is unable to determine the correct discharge date through chart review, she/he should default to the discharge date on the claim information.

For HBIPS only, if the patient was in an acute-care hospital and had multiple admissions to the psychiatric unit during his or her hospitalization, this information should be abstracted only once at the time of discharge from the hospital.

Suggested Data Sources:

  • Face sheet
  • Progress notes
  • Physician orders
  • Discharge summary
  • Nursing discharge notes
  • Transfer note
  • UB-04, Field Location: 6

Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
  • None
  • None

Discharge Date
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2013B)
Discharges 07-01-13 (3Q13) through 12-31-13 (4Q13)