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Data Elements

The heart of the registry is the data element; a basic unit of information collected about anything of interest—for example, a pharmaceutical name or the city in which a patient lives. The data in the registry is not the drug name itself or the actual city name, but rather the metadata about how information is collected. Metadata is often defined as "data about data", a definition which is technically correct, but does not convey the richness of data information which must be recorded. In order to use a piece of data, one must know specific things precisely placing the data item in terms of meaning, quality, context, chronology, and source. The specific things—metadata—are expressed in the form of attributes.

The content of the attributes for each data element is found at the most specific level of the registry on the Data Element Details page. Not all attributes may be collected by each organization for each data element, although there is a subset, which is generally considered best practice and, for standards purposes, is required. Data elements within the Registry are documented within a standard format, using the ISO/IEC international standard 11179, "Information technology — Metadata Registries — Part 3, Registry Metamodel and basic attributes." According to the registry metamodel standard, a data element is essentially a unit of data for which the definition, identification, representation, and permissible values are specified by means of a set of attributes.


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Absolute Row Number The absolute row or line number in the file that contains the error. NCPDP 10-2011
Absolute Row Number The absolute row or line number in the file that contains the error. NCPDP 04-2014
Accepted Quantity Total quantity accepted for payment. NCPDP 10-2011
Accepted Quantity Total quantity accepted for payment. NCPDP 04-2014
Accident Date Date of the accident related to charges or to the patient's current condition, diagnosis, or treatment referenced in the transaction. ASC X12 005010
Account Number Qualifier Code indicating the type of account ASC X12 005010
Accumulated Deductible Amount Amount in dollars met by the patient/family in a deductible plan. NCPDP 10-2011
Accumulated Deductible Amount Amount in dollars met by the patient/family in a deductible plan. NCPDP 04-2014
Accumulated Gross Covered Drug Cost Amount The accumulated cost incurred by the plan for covered Part D drugs including amounts paid by or on behalf of an enrollee and including certain dispensing fees, but not including administrative costs. NCPDP 10-2011
Accumulated Gross Covered Drug Cost Amount The accumulated cost incurred by the plan for covered Part D drugs including amounts paid by or on behalf of an enrollee and including certain dispensing fees, but not including administrative costs. NCPDP 04-2014
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