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Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Specifications Manual, v6.0b

For use in submitting data for encounters from 01/01/13 through 12/31/13.

View and/or download individual sections of the Specifications Manual, (PDF documents, unless noted), listed below.

Release Notes, Version 6.0 (06/29/12)
Release Notes, Version 6.0a (09/05/12)
Release Notes, Version 6.0b (10/31/12)
Release Notes, Version 6.0b - Supplemental Document (02/27/13)


Table of Contents
Using the Manual
Delivery Settings


1.1 - Outpatient Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)

AMI Measure Set (Updated 12/18/12)

AMI General Data Element List
AMI Specific Data Element List
AMI Population Algorithms
Measurement Information Form (MIF) and Flowchart (Algorithms)
(OP-1, OP-2, OP-3, OP-4, OP-5)

Note: Measurement Information Forms (MIFs) OP-4 and OP-5 are used for both AMI and Chest Pain.

1.2 - Chest Pain (CP)

CP Measure Set

CP General Data Element List
CP Data Element List
CP Population Algorithm
Measurement Information Form (MIF) and Flowchart (Algorithms)
(OP-4, OP-5)

1.3 - Emergency Department (ED)-Throughput

ED-Throughput Measure Set (Updated 12/18/12)

ED-Throughput General Data Element List
ED-Throughput Specific Data Element List
ED-Throughput Population Algorithm
Measurement Information Form (MIF) and Flowchart (Algorithms)
(OP-18, OP-19, OP-20, OP-22)

1.4 - Pain Management

Pain Management Measure Set
Pain Management General Data Element List
Pain Management Specific Data Element List
Pain Management Population Algorithm
Measurement Information Form (MIF) and Flowchart (Algorithms)

1.5 - Stroke

Stroke Measure Set

Stroke General Data Element List
Stroke Specific Data Element List
Stroke Population Algorithm
Measurement Information Form (MIF) and Flowchart (Algorithms)

1.6 - Surgery

Surgery Measure Set

Surgery General Data Element List
Surgery Specific Data Element List
Surgery Population Algorithm
Measurement Information Form (MIF) and Flowchart (Algorithms)
(OP-6, OP-7)

1.7 - Imaging Efficiency

Measure Information Forms:

OP-8 MRI Lumbar Spine for Low Back Pain

OP-9 Mammography Follow-up Rates

OP-10 Abdomen CT Use of Contrast Material

OP-11 Thorax CT Use of Contrast Material

OP-13 Cardiac Imaging for Preoperative Risk Assessment for Non Cardiac Low Risk Surgery

OP-14 Simultaneous Use of Brain Computed Tomography (CT) and Sinus Computed Tomography (CT)

OP-15 Use of Brain Computed Tomography (CT) in the Emergency Department for Atraumatic Headache

1.8 - Structural Measures (Updated 2/27/13)

OP-12 The Ability for Providers with HIT to Receive Laboratory Data Electronically Directly into their Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) System as Discrete Searchable Data

OP-17 Tracking Clinical Results Between Visits

OP-25 Safe Surgery Checklist Use

OP-26 Hospital Outpatient Department Volume for Selected Outpatient Surgical Procedures

Data Dictionary and General Abstraction Guidelines

Interpretation of Data Dictionary Terms
Data Dictionary Terms
General Abstraction Guidelines

Alphabetical Data Dictionary

Unable to be Determined (UTD) and Missing/Invalid Values

Data Collection and the UTD Allowable Value
Missing and Invalid Data
Abstraction Software Skip Logic and Missing Data

Population, Sampling and Transmission

Order of Data Flow
Sample Size Requirements
Sampling Approaches
Transmission of Outpatient Population and Sample Data Elements
Introduction and Guidelines for Submission of Data
Transmission Data Element List and Transmission Data Element Pages
Transmission Data Processing Flow

Hospital Outpatient Clinical Data XML File Layout, XLS

Hospital Outpatient Population Data XML File Layout, XLS

A - ICD-9-CM Diagnosis and CPT Code Tables, XLS or PDF
B - Glossary of Terms, PDF

C - Medication Tables, XLS or PDF

P - Measure Preview, PDF

Download Entire Manual, ZIP or EXE (Updated 02/27/13)

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