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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2013B

Data Element Name: Measure Category Assignment
Collected For: HBIPS, PBM, PC, Calculation, Transmission, Hospital Clinical Data File , Used in calculation of the Joint Commission’s aggregate data and in the transmission of the Hospital Clinical Data file. Informational ONLY for PBM.

Notes:
  • Episode of care records that calculate with a Measure Category Assignment of ”X” (missing data) for one or more measures will be rejected by the Joint Commission’s Data Warehouse. Refer to the Missing and Invalid Data section in this manual for more information.
  • All hospital measures use this data element. The ORYX Vendor's calculated Measure Category Assignment will be transmitted to The Joint Commission on a quarterly basis with the associated hospital clinical data. These measure results will be used in the Joint Commission’s data quality analysis and continuous measure verification process. ORYX Vendors can refer to the Joint Commission’s ORYX Data Quality Manual for more information.
Definition:Calculated measures results for each episode of care (EOC) that is processed through a measure algorithm.

Used to summarize the outcome for an EOC that is processed through a specific measure algorithm.

Suggested Data Collection Question:Not Applicable
Format:
Length:1
Type:Character
Occurs:One Measure Category Assignment per EOC is expected for every measure that a hospital is participating in.
Allowable Values:

B     Category B - Not in Measure Population
For rate-based and continuous variable measures:
EOC record is not a member of a measure's population.

For rate-based-ratio measures:
Does not apply.

D     Category D - In Measure Population
For rate-based measures:
EOC record is a member of the measure's population and there has not been an occurrence of the measure.

For rate-based-ratio measures:
Does not apply.

For continuous variable measures:
EOC record is a member of the measure's population and has sufficient accurate and valid data to compute the measurement.

Note:
For continuous variable measures, EOC records that have a Measure Category Assignment of “D” will have an associated Measurement Value.

E     Category E - In Numerator Population
For rate-based measures:
EOC record is a member of the measure's population and there has been an occurrence of the measure.

For rate-based-ratio measures:
Event record is a member of the measure's population and there has been an occurrence of the measure.

For continuous variable measures:
Does not apply.

U     Category U – Not In Numerator Population

For rate-based-proportion measures:
Does not apply

For rate-based-ratio measures:
Event record is a member of the measure's population; however, it contains a data element whose allowable value excludes it from the numerator.

For continuous variable measures:
Does not apply.

X     Category X – Data Are Missing
For rate-based and continuous variable measures:
Data are missing that is required to calculate the measure. The record will be rejected by the QIO Clinical Warehouse and the Joint Commission’s Data Warehouse.

Y     Category Y – UTD Allowable Value Does Not Allow Calculation of The Measure
For rate-based measures:
Does not apply.

For rate-based-ratio measures: Event record contains a Date, Time, or Numeric data element with a value of ‘UTD’.

For continuous variable measures:
EOC record contains a Date, Time, or Numeric data element with a value of ‘UTD’.

Note:
For continuous variable measures, EOC records that have a Measure Category Assignment of “Y” will not have an associated _Measurement Value_

Notes for Abstraction:None
Suggested Data Sources:

Not Applicable

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

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