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Appendix H

Miscellaneous Tables

Table 2.6 Qualifiers and Modifiers Table

Note: These guideleines apply only to those data elements that refer to them in their Guidelines for Abstraction Exclusion list(s)

Qualifiers Modifiers
Qualifiers are words used as adjectives to indicate some uncertainty about whether or not a condition really exists. Quantitative modifiers are adjectives that quantitatively describe a condition
The following qualifiers should be abstracted as negative findings , unless otherwise specified - Consider this list all-inclusive:
  • And/or (+/-; e.g., "ST abnormalities consistent with ischemia and/or injury"), except when comparing only inclusions (e.g., "ST segment elevation and/or STEMI")
  • Cannot exclude
  • Cannot rule out
  • Could be
  • Could have been
  • May be
  • May have
  • May have had
  • May indicate
  • Or, except when comparing only inclusions
  • Possible
  • Questionable (?)
  • Risk of
  • Rule out (r'd/o, r/o'd)
  • Suggestive of
  • Suspect
  • Suspicious
  • Vs., except when comparing only inclusions
    Example: If the in-hospital echocardiogram report documents "questionable LVSD", this should be abstracted as a negative finding.
The following quantitative modifiers should be abstracted as negative findings , unless otherwise specified - Consider this list all-inclusive:
  • Borderline
  • Insignificant
  • Scant
  • Slight
  • Sub-clinical
  • Subtle
  • Trace
  • Trivial


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Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2015A1)
01/01/2015 - 09/30/2015
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