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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2010A1

Data Element Name: Discharge Date
Collected For: All Records , (used in algorithm for AMI-1, AMI-6, PN-1, PN-3a, PN-3b, PN-5, PN-5b, PN-5c, PN-6, PN-6a, PN-6b, PN-7, PR-2, SCIP-Inf-4, SCIP-VTE-1, SCIP-VTE-2)
Definition:The month, day, and year the patient was discharged from acute care, left against medical advice, or expired during this stay.
Suggested Data Collection Question:What is the date the patient was discharged from acute care, left against medical advice (AMA), or expired?
Length:10 MM-DD-YYYY (includes dashes)
Allowable Values:

MM = Month (01-12)
DD = Day (01-31)
YYYY = Year (2000-9999)

Notes for Abstraction:Because this data element is critical in determining the population for many measures, the abstractor should NOT assume that the claim information for the discharge date is correct. If the abstractor determines through chart review that the date is incorrect, she/he should correct and override the downloaded value. If the abstractor is unable to determine the correct discharge date through chart review, she/he should default to the discharge date on the claim information.
Suggested Data Sources:
  • Face sheet
  • Progress notes
  • Physician orders
  • Discharge summary
  • Nursing discharge notes
  • Transfer note
  • UB-04, Field Location: 6
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
  • None
  • None

Discharge Date
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Core Measures (2010A1)
Discharges 04-01-10 (2Q10) through 09-30-10 (3Q10)