Uniform hospital discharge data : minimum data set : report of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics
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Uniform hospital discharge data : minimum data set : report of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics

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      A report of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics related to hospital patient care data was released in 1972. This report, entitled Uniform Hos- pital Abstract-Minimum Basic Data Set, represented the original formulation by the Committee of the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS) and in- cluded both the recommended data set items and their definitions. The recom- mended UHDDS was used as a base for development of policy and program related to hospital discharge statistics by both the governmental and non- governmental sectors. In 1975 the Committee established a consultant panel to review the original recommendations in terms of current and rapidly changing needs for discharge data. The results of that review, including recommendations, were formally en- dorsed by the National Committee in 1979 and forwarded for consideration to the Secretary, HEW. The Department supports the general concept of minimum uniform health data and the application of that concept specifically to hospital discharge data. It is recognized that the Committee's recommendations were appropriately de- veloped in consideration of both the public and private sectors. Certain recom- mendations therefore may not be applicable within the sphere of Federal programs, and certain recommendations may require adaptation to assure appli- cability within the Federal sphere. Uniform Hospital Discharge Data contains material abstracted from the Committee's more extensive 1979 formal report. Recipients of Uniform Hospital Discharge Data should realize that such dissemination does not represent, at the present time, Departmental policy in reference to the UHDDS. Such Departmen- tal policy and related program actions will occur through different channels and at a later period. uniformhospitald00unit.pdf
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