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Data Element
Version 2010B

Data Element Name: Clinical Staff
Collected For: HCSS-1, HCSS-2, HCSS-3,
Definition:Healthcare staff that are directly involved in the provision of patient care as part of their assigned duties. Clinical Staff may include but are not limited to:
  1. Licensed Independent Practitioners (LIPs)
  2. Registered Nurses
  3. Licensed Practical Nurses
  4. Certified Nursing Aides and Assistants
  5. Pharmacists
  6. Allied health staff (see guidelines for abstraction)
  7. Care companions
  8. Sitters
Suggested Data Collection Question:Is the staff member directly involved in the provision of patient care as part of his or her assigned duties?
Allowable Values:

Yes    Assigned duties include direct provision of patient care.

No   Assigned duties do not involve direct provision of patient care.

Notes for Abstraction:None
Suggested Data Sources:

  • Assignment sheets
  • Personnel files
  • Position description
  • Work schedules
Additional Notes:
Guidelines for Abstraction:
Inclusion Exclusion
Allied health staff are those clinical healthcare professions distinct from the medical doctor and nursing professions. They may include but are not limited to:
  • Diagnostic Technicians
    • Electrocardiography
    • Hemodialysis
    • Sonography
    • Radiology
  • Dieticians and Nutritionists
  • Medical Technologists
  • Medical Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Phlebotomists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Physician Assistants
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Surgical Assistants

  • None

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