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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2010A1

Data Element Name: Postal Code
Collected For: All Records, CMS Only
Definition:The postal code of the patient's residence. For the United States zip codes the hyphen is implied. If the patient is determined to not have a permanent residence, then the patient is considered homeless.
Suggested Data Collection Question:What is the postal code of the patient’s residence?

Format:
Length:9
Type:Character
Occurs:1
Allowable Values:

Any valid five or nine digit postal code or “HOMELESS” if the patient is determined not to have a permanent residence. If the patient is not a resident of the United States, use “NON-US.”

Notes for Abstraction:If the postal code of the patient is unable to be determined from medical record documentation, enter the provider’s postal code.
Suggested Data Sources:
  • Face sheet
  • UB-04, Field Location: 09 (line 2d)
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
  • None
  • None

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