Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2020B2)
Posted: 9/2/2020
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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2020B2

Name:Outpatient Departure Date
Collected For: THKR-OP-2
Definition:The month, day, and year at which the patient departed from the outpatient setting.
Question:What is the date the patient departed from the outpatient setting?
Format:
Length:10 – MM-DD-YYYY (includes dashes) or UTD
Type:Date
Occurs:1
Allowable Values:

MM = Month (01-12)
DD = Day (01-31)
YYYY = Year (20xx)
UTD = Unable to Determine
Notes for Abstraction:
  • The medical record must be abstracted as documented (taken at “face value”). When the date documented is obviously in error (not a valid format/range or outside of the parameters of care and no other documentation is found that provides this information), the abstractor should select UTD.
    Examples:
    • Documentation indicates the Outpatient Departure Date was 03- 42 -20xx. No other documentation provides a valid date. Since the Outpatient Departure Date is outside of the range listed in the Allowable Values for Day, it is not a valid date, and the abstractor should select UTD.
  • If the date the patient departed is unable to be determined from medical record documentation, select UTD.
  • If the date of departure is not documented but you are able to determine the date from other documentation, this is acceptable (e.g., you are able to identify from documentation the patient arrived and was transferred on the same day).
  • If there is documentation the patient left against medical advice and it cannot be determined what date the patient left against medical advice, select UTD.
  • If the patient was placed in observation following the surgical episode, and was discharged from observation, use the date of discharge from observation as the Outpatient Departure Date.
  • If the patient expired while being treated in the outpatient setting, use the date of death as the Outpatient Departure Date.
Suggested Data Sources:
  • Face sheet
  • Progress notes
  • Physician orders
  • Discharge summary
  • Nursing discharge notes
  • Transfer note
  • UB-04
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
None None

Outpatient Departure Date
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Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2020B2)
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