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Release Notes:
Data Element
Version 2010B

Data Element Name: Admission Type
Collected For:
Definition:The code indicating priority/type of admission.
Suggested Data Collection Question:What was the priority/type of admission?
Allowable Values:

1     Emergency
The patient requires immediate medical intervention as a result of severe, life threatening, or potentially disabling conditions.

2     Urgent
The patient requires immediate attention for the care and treatment of a physical or mental disorder.

3     Elective
The patient's condition permits adequate time to schedule the services.

4     Newborn
Use of this code necessitates the use of special Source of Admission/Point of Origin codes -- see data element Point of Origin for Admission or Visit.

5     Trauma Center
Visit to a trauma center/hospital as licensed or designated by the state or local government authority authorized to do so, or as verified by the American College of Surgeons and involving a trauma activation.

9     Information not available

Notes for Abstraction:If unable to determine admission type, select 9.
Suggested Data Sources:
  • Emergency department record
  • History and physical
  • Face sheet
  • Progress notes
  • UB-04, Field Location: 14
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
  • None
  • None

Admission Type
Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Core Measures (2010B)
Discharges 10-01-10 (4Q10) through 03-31-11 (1Q11)