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Data Element
Version 2018A

Data Element Name: Post-Discharge Appointment Scheduled Within 7 Days
Collected For: ACHF-02
Definition:Documentation that a follow-up appointment for an office or home health visit for management of heart failure was scheduled within 7 days post-discharge and documented including location, date, and time.
Suggested Data Collection Question:Was a follow-up appointment for an office or home health visit for management of heart failure scheduled within 7 days post-discharge and documented including location, date, and time?
Format:
Length:1
Type:Alphanumeric
Occurs:1
Allowable Values:

Y (Yes) A follow-up appointment for an office or home health visit for management of heart failure was scheduled within 7 days post-discharge and documented including location, date, and time.

N (No) A follow-up appointment for an office or home health visit for management of heart failure was not scheduled within 7 days post-discharge and documented including location, date, and time, OR unable to determine from medical record documentation.
Notes for Abstraction:
  • A follow-up appointment is an appointment with a physician/APN/PA in a physician office or ambulatory care clinic OR a home health visit with a RN/APN for professional nursing services that occurs within 7 days of discharge from the inpatient setting.
  • Follow-up scheduled within 7 days via telemedicine/teleconference to assess the patient in the home setting should be treated as a home health visit, select “Yes”.
  • Documentation of the scheduled office appointment must include location, date and time in order to select “Yes”. If all three pieces of information are not documented, select “No.
  • Documentation of a home health visit must include the date in order to select Yes. Documentation of the time is optional only for a home health visit, as the time of the visit may vary.
  • If the follow-up appointment is scheduled beyond 7 days post-discharge, select “No”.
Suggested Data Sources:

  • Nursing notes
  • Progress notes
  • Physician orders
  • Discharge summary
  • Discharge instruction sheet
  • Home health referral form
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
None None

Post-Discharge Appointment Scheduled Within 7 Days
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2018A)
Discharges 07-01-18 (3Q18) through 12-31-18 (4Q18)
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