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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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Account Number Qualifier Code indicating the type of account ASC X12 005010
Action Code Code indicating type of action ASC X12 005010
Adjustment Reason Code Code that indicates the reason for the adjustment. ASC X12 005010
Adjustment Reason Code Code that indicates the reason for the adjustment. ASC X12 005010
Allowance or Charge Indicator Code which indicates an allowance or charge for the service specified. ASC X12 005010
Ambulance Transport Code Code indicating the type of ambulance transport. ASC X12 005010
Ambulance Transport Reason Code Code indicating the reason for ambulance transport. ASC X12 005010
Amount Qualifier Code Code to qualify amount. ASC X12 005010
Assignment or Plan Participation Code An indication, used by a health plan, that the provider does or does not accept assignment of benefits. ASC X12 005010
Attachment Report Type Code Code to specify the type of attachment that is related to the claim. ASC X12 005010
Attachment Transmission Code Code defining timing, transmission method or format by which an attachment report is to be sent or has been sent. ASC X12 005010
Authorization or Certification Indicator A yes/no indicator that identifies whether an authorization or certification is required per plan provisions. ASC X12 005010
Benefit Coverage Level Code Code indicating which family members are provided coverge for this insured. ASC X12 005010
Benefit Related Entity Location Qualifier The code to qualify the location of the entity related to benefits described in the transaction. ASC X12 005010
Benefit Related Entity Relationship Code Code indicating Benefit Related Entity's relationship to the patient. ASC X12 005010
Benefit Status Code The type of coverage under which benefits are paid. ASC X12 005010
Benefits Assignment Certification Indicator A code showing whether the provider has a signed form authorizing the third party payer to pay the provider. ASC X12 005010
Certification Condition Code Applies Indicator Code indicating whether or not the condition codes apply to the patient or another entity. ASC X12 005010
Certification Condition Indicator Code indicating whether or not the condition codes apply to the patient or another entity. ASC X12 005010
Certification Type Code Code indicating the type of certification. ASC X12 005010
Citizenship Status Code Code indicating citizenship status ASC X12 005010
Claim Adjustment Group Code Code identifying the general category of payment adjustment. ASC X12 005010
Claim Filing Indicator Code Code identifying type of claim or expected adjudication process. ASC X12 005010
Claim Identifier Identifies type of claims in this transaction. ASC X12 005010
Claim or Encounter Identifier Code indicating whether the transaction is a claim or reporting encounter information. ASC X12 005010
Claim Status Code Code specifying the status of a claim submitted by the provider to the payor for processing. ASC X12 005010
Co-Pay Status Code A code indicating the status of the co-payment requirements for this service. ASC X12 005010
Code Category Specifies the situation or category to which the code applies. ASC X12 005010
Code List Qualifier Code Code identifying a specific industry code list. ASC X12 005010
Code Qualifier Code identifying the type of unit or measurement. ASC X12 005010
Code Qualifier Code identifying the type of unit or measurement. ASC X12 005010
Communication Number Qualifier Code identifying the type of communication number. ASC X12 005010
Complication Indicator A code to indicate whether the Patient's condition is Complicated or Uncomplicated. ASC X12 005010
Condition Code Code(s) used to identify condition(s) relating to this bill or relating to the patient. ASC X12 005010
Condition Code Code(s) used to identify condition(s) relating to this bill or relating to the patient. ASC X12 005010
Condition Code Code(s) used to identify condition(s) relating to this bill or relating to the patient. ASC X12 005010
Condition Indicator Code indicating a condition ASC X12 005010
Confidentiality Code Code indicating the access to insured information. ASC X12 005010
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) Qualifying Event Code A Qualifying Event is an event under the law which results in loss of coverage for a Qualified Beneficiary. ASC X12 005010
Contact Function Code Code identifying the major duty or responsibility of the person or group named. ASC X12 005010
Contract Type Code Code identifying a contract type ASC X12 005010
Coordination of Benefits Code Code identifying whether there is a coordination of benefits ASC X12 005010
Coverage Level Code Code indicating the level of coverage being provided for this insured ASC X12 005010
Coverage Level Code Code indicating the level of coverage being provided for this insured ASC X12 005010
Credit or Debit Flag Code Code indicating whether amount is a credit or debit ASC X12 005010
Current Health Condition Code Code indicating current condition of the individual. ASC X12 005010
Date Time Period Format Qualifier Code indicating the date format, time format, or date and time format. ASC X12 005010
Date Time Qualifier Code specifying the type of date or time or both date and time. ASC X12 005010
Delay Reason Code Code indicating the reason why a request was delayed. ASC X12 005010
Delivery Frequency Code Codw which specifies frequency by which services can be performed. ASC X12 005010
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