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Important Notice: The currently published Definitions for Patient Outcome Data Elements are undergoing final revision to incorporate feedback submitted during the open comment period by industry stakeholders. The final definitions will be released for implementation in January 2016.

Data Definitions Survey (2012)

Tools and Resources

In 2012, NHIA launched the "Data Definitions Survey" to better understand how providers define key terms used to measure demographics, operational processes and quality. The NHIA Data Initiative Work Group, consisting of more than 30 members from both provider and business firm organizations, worked diligently from September 2011 to June 2012, developing a set of proposed standardized definitions for industry consideration and comment. These definitions were presented to the NHIA membership via the NHIA Data Definitions Survey, which was launched on June 28, 2012 and closed on August 30, 2012.  Approximately 25%of NHIA member organizations responded to the NHIA Data Definitions Survey, sharing their perspectives, knowledge, and willingness to participate in future data collection efforts.  These responses are assisting NHIA in developing improved mapping and questions for the upcoming Phase II Provider Survey.   

For more information about the questions asked in the Data Definitions Survey, including a PDF file of the survey itself, and a list of the Proposed Definitions of Key Data Elements, please refer to the "Resources" box in the right margin of this page.

For questions or additional information regarding the 2012 NHIA Data Definitions Survey, or the NHIA Data Initiative in general, please feel free to contact Connie Sullivan, RPh, NHIA's Senior Director of Education & Data and NHIF Vice President of Research, at connie.sullivan@nhia.org.