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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2010A1

Data Element Name: Cholesterol Reducing Therapy Prior To Hospitalization
Collected For: ,
Definition:Documentation that a prescribed cholesterol reducing therapy was taken regularly prior to current hospitalization. Cholesterol reducing therapy works by blocking the action of an enzyme in the liver which is needed to make cholesterol, thereby decreasing the level of cholesterol circulating in the blood.

Suggested Data Collection Question:Was the patient on cholesterol reducing therapy prior to this hospitalization?
Format:
Length:
Type:Alphanumeric
Occurs:
Allowable Values:

Y     (Yes, Patient was on cholesterol lowering therapy prior to this hospitalization)

N    (No, Patient was not on cholesterol lowering therapy prior to hospitalization or unable to determine from medical record documentation)

Notes for Abstraction:Evidence in the medical record of a medication in the cholesterol lowering class at a given dosage and frequency of administration is adequate to answer “Yes” to this data element.

If documentation in the medical record indicates that cholesterol reducing therapy has been prescribed but patient has not filled the prescription or is otherwise noncompliant, answer “No” to this data element.

Suggested Data Sources:
  • History and physical
  • Nursing admission assessment
  • Progress notes
  • Medication administration record (MAR)
  • Admission notes
  • Medication reconciliation records
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
  • Refer to Appendices, Table 3 for a comprehensive list of cholesterol reducing drugs.
  • None

Cholesterol Reducing Therapy Prior To Hospitalization
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Core Measures (2010A1)
Discharges 04-01-10 (2Q10) through 09-30-10 (3Q10)