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Encounter Information

Data Element

Information from the submission form

Encounter Location
Identifies the location of the encounter, and the period of time spent in that location. This may include a general location (i.e. hospital), as well as a location within the healthcare facility (i.e. ICU ward).

Comment

Suggest changing the definition

The MedMorph project needs the location address for the Encounter. The existing Encounter Location element is pertaining to a location type of Encounter, such as a hospital or ICU ward. Due to the granularity and specificity of the existing Encounter Location element, we recommend that Encounter Location Address be a distinct element. If this recommendation is not accepted, then we suggest the current definition for Encounter Location be revised to include the setting (type) and address for the Encounter Location. We recommend to remove the ", and the period of time spent in that location" since this part of the definition appears to be covered by the Location Associated Time Period element. A proposed definition is: "Identifies the location of the encounter. This should include an address, general location (e.g., hospital), and a location within the healthcare facility (e.g., ICU ward)."

Response to Comment on Encounter Location

Suggest changing the definition The MedMorph project needs the location address for the Encounter. The existing Encounter Location element is pertaining to a location type of Encounter, such as a hospital or ICU ward. Due to the granularity and specificity of the existing Encounter Location element, we recommend that Encounter Location Address be a distinct element. If this recommendation is not accepted, then we suggest the current definition for Encounter Location be revised to include the setting (type) and address for the Encounter Location. We recommend to remove the ", and the period of time spent in that location" since this part of the definition appears to be covered by the Location Associated Time Period element. A proposed definition is: "Identifies the location of the encounter. This should include an address, general location (e.g., hospital), and a location within the healthcare facility (e.g., ICU ward)." For encounter time, CMS's submission intended to recommend including an encounter date/time, or the date/time the encounter began (i.e. admission date/time for inpatient admissions, date/time for office visit) and date/time when the encounter ended (i.e. hospital encounter discharge date/time). We agree there are many date/times that could be defined, and that are important for different use cases.

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