Cause of death can be optional
|Submitted By: Jeff Lyall / Cigna|
|Data Element Information|
|Use Case Description(s)|
|Use Case Description||1. Systematic awareness and data life cycle completeness in regards to a Patient records and data maintainers (i.e. Providers and Health Plans)
2. Meaningful analytic driven guidance relating to disease tracking, patient longevity, and population trends.
3. Population studies – include or exclude members based on living status from study criteria will have more accurate outcomes and or interventions
4. Bereavement considerations impacting family members. Payers could reduce member notification to member and family or better service survivors on next steps
5. Health Plans can reduce fraud and abuse by monitoring claim activity for deceased membership.
|Estimated number of stakeholders capturing, accessing using or exchanging||>1M+ : This would be used by multiple entities (plans , providers, health proxies) for the individuals and for population health uses.|
|Use Case Description||Date of death is required to be captured in inpatient certified EHR systems as part of ONC's 2015 Certification|
|Estimated number of stakeholders capturing, accessing using or exchanging||All inpatient EHRs are required to capture date of death in their certified EHRs.|
|Link to use case project page||https://www.healthit.gov/test-method/demographics|
|Maturity of Use and Technical Specifications for Data Element|
|Applicable Standard(s)||Follow the DOB format
|Additional Specifications||HL7 USCore Implementation Guide v3.1.0 and v3.1.1 (Errata release) both allow for capturing deceased as either a Boolean (yes/no) or the date of death in the Patient profile. (Reference Link)
However, neither version of the USCore Implementation Guide state the element as a Must Support or required. USCore would need to bring the Patient profile up-to-date if the proposed Date of Death element is approved for USCDI v2.
|Current Use||In limited use in production environments|
|Number of organizations/individuals with which this data element has been electronically exchanged||N/A|
|Restrictions on Standardization (e.g. proprietary code)||N/A|
|Restrictions on Use (e.g. licensing, user fees)||N/A|
|Privacy and Security Concerns||Same security measure apply to this data element.|
|Estimate of Overall Burden||EMR capture expiration dates|