Trenton, N.J. New Jersey has adopted a federal hospital data-reporting standard that informs policymakers about the four million inpatient admissions and outpatient visits to general acute care hospitals annually, said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, MD, JD.
The new standard is required by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A hospital mandate calls for data on a patients race, ethnicity, primary language, and medical problems at admission and discharge. The plan is to measure hospitals progress in serving the needs of a diverse population.
The NJHA and four hospitals have been working with the department, so far. They include Community Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Trinitas Hospital, and The Valley Hospital, who have test-piloted the data-reporting system. Hospitals use a new version of the national standard hospital billing form, UB-04, to submit claims to Medicare, Medicaid, or commercial insurers.
The department uses data to track the incidence of avoidable medical conditions among minorities, along with other information to better serve these communities needs.
To learn more, visit the departments web page at: www.state.nj.us/health/healthcarequality/ub/ub92intro.shtml.