Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2021B2)
Posted: 9/29/2021
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Data Element
Version 2021B2

Collected For: All Records
Definition:Documentation of the patient's race.
Question:What is the patient's race?
Allowable Values:

Select one:

1     White: Patient's race is White or the patient has origins in Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

2    Black or African American: Patient's race is Black or African American.

3    American Indian or Alaska Native: Patient's race is American Indian/Alaska Native.

4    Asian or Pacific Islander: Patient's race is Asian/Pacific Islander.

5    RETIRED VALUE (effective 01-01-2021).

6     RETIRED VALUE (effective 07-01-05 discharges)

7    UTD: Unable to determine the patient's race or not stated (e.g., not documented, conflicting documentation or patient unwilling to provide).
Notes for Abstraction:
  • The data element Hispanic Ethnicity is required in addition to this data element.
  • If documentation indicates the patient has more than one race (e.g., Black-White, Indian-White), select the first listed race.
  • Although the terms “Hispanic,” “Latino,” and "Spanish" are actually descriptions of the patient's ethnicity, it is not uncommon to find them referenced as race. If the patient's race is documented only as Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish select “White.” If the race is documented as mixed Hispanic/Latino with another race, use whatever race is given (e.g., Black-Hispanic — select “Black”). Other terms for Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish include Chicano, Cuban, H (for Hispanic), Latin American, Latina, Mexican, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, and South or Central American.
Suggested Data Sources:
  • Emergency department record
  • History and physical
  • Face sheet
  • Nursing admission assessment
  • Progress notes
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
Black or African American
A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. (e.g., Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somali, Negro).

American Indian or Alaska Native
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment (e.g., any recognized tribal entity in North and Central America, Native American).

Asian or Pacific Islander
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, the Pacific Islands, Native Hawaiian, Guam, Samoa, Thailand, and Vietnam.

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa (e.g., German, Irish, English, Italian, Lebanese, Egyptian).

  • None

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Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures (v2021B2)
Discharges 10-1-21 through 12-31-21 (4Q21)


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