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Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2015B2)
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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2015B2

Data Element Name: Continuing Care Plan-Discharge Medications
Q4 2015 Only; Retired effective with January 1, 2016 discharges
Collected For: HBIPS-6, HBIPS-7,
Definition:Documentation in the medical record of a continuing care plan which includes all discharge medications, including the dosage and indication for use OR that no medications were ordered at discharge. Such documentation should be transmitted to the next level of care provider by the fifth post-discharge day.
Suggested Data Collection Question:Is there documentation in the medical record of a continuing care plan which includes all discharge medications, including the dosage and indication for use OR states no medications were ordered at discharge AND was the continuing care plan including discharge medications transmitted to the next level of care provider no later than the fifth post-discharge day?
Format:
Length:1
Type:Alphanumeric
Occurs:1
Allowable Values:

1    The medical record contains a continuing care plan which includes all discharge medications, including the dosage and indication for use or that no medications were ordered at discharge and was transmitted to the next level of care provider no later than the fifth post-discharge day.

2   The medical record contains a continuing care plan which includes all discharge medications, including the dosage and indication for use or that no medications were ordered at discharge but was not transmitted to the next level of care provider by the fifth post-discharge day.

3   The medical record does not contain a continuing care plan which includes all discharge medications, including the dosage and indication for use or that no medications were ordered at discharge or unable to determine from medical record documentation.

Notes for Abstraction: All medications must have the names, dosage and indication for use listed in the continuing care plan. The indication for use can be as short as one to two words, but must be present for all medications, not just psychotropic medications.

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 or at the time of final discharge from the psychiatric unit.

Abstract allowable value 1 if the continuing care plan is contained in an EMR, there is documentation that the next level of care provider has access to the complete hospital EMR AND the EMR includes all discharge medications, including the dosage and indication for use or that no medications were ordered at discharge.

A continuing care plan may consist of one document or several documents which could be considered a continuing care “packet”. The hospital must be able to identify which document(s) make up the continuing care plan and the hospital must identify what specific documents are transmitted to the next level of care provider.

The first post-discharge day is defined as the day after discharge.

Methods for transmitting the post-discharge continuing care plan include, but are not limited to: U.S. mail, email, fax, EMR access, doctor's mailbox, transport personnel. Giving a copy of the continuing care plan to the patient does not comprise transmission.

Medications are defined as any prescription medications, sample medications, herbal remedies, vitamins, nutriceuticals, over-the-counter drugs and any product designated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a drug (Taken from the 2009 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals: The Official Handbook (CAMH) ).

If an addendum about the discharge medications is added to continuing care plan within the medical record, it must occur within 5 days after discharge or prior to transmission of the continuing care plan.

If more than one list of medications is included in the continuing care plan documents and the lists do not match, select allowable value "3" which would capture unable to determine. As there is a conflict between two separate documents, a receiving practitioner would not be able to determine the accurate medication regimen.
Suggested Data Sources:

  • Aftercare discharge plan
  • Continuing care plan
  • Discharge plan
  • Final discharge summary
  • Interim discharge summary
  • Medication reconciliation form
  • Physician discharge orders
  • Physician progress notes
  • Referral form

Additional Notes: The next level of care providers include the follow-up prescribing inpatient or outpatient clinician, prescribing inpatient or outpatient entity, the treating inpatient or outpatient clinician or the treating inpatient or outpatient entity as described below. If the patient has referrals to more than one clinician or entity for follow-up, the prescribing clinician or entity is considered to be the primary next level of care provider. The order of precedence for transmission of the continuing care plan is listed below.
  • The follow-up prescribing inpatient or outpatient clinician or entity is the clinician, hospital or clinic that is responsible for managing the patient’s medication regime after hospital discharge.
  • The treating inpatient or outpatient clinician or entity is the clinician, hospital or clinic that is responsible for the primary treatment of the patient in the absence of medications.
  • Some examples of inpatient or outpatient clinicians include, but are not limited to: primary care physician, psychiatrist, advanced practice nurse (APN), physician assistant (PA) Master of Social Work (MSW) and psychologist. Titles of qualified psychiatric practitioners vary from state to state.
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
  • Routinely scheduled medications
  • PRN medications

  • None

Continuing Care Plan-Discharge Medications
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2015B2)
Discharges 10-01-15 (4Q15) through 06-30-16 (2Q16)
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