Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What is the 10/1/96 mandate and how does PCE fit into it?
A:The Veterans Health Administration has determined that it must have adequate, accurate, and timely information about each ambulatory care encounter/service provided in order to enhance patient care and to manage our health care resources into the future. Effective October 1, 1996, VHA facilities are required to report each ambulatory encounter and/or ancillary service. Provider, procedure, and diagnosis information is included in the minimum data set that will be reported to the National Patient Care Data Base (NPCDB). The Ambulatory Data Capture Project (ADCP) was formed to coordinate the various VISTA packages involved in meeting this mandate.
Patient Care Encounter (PCE) ensures that every encounter has an associated provider(s), procedure code(s), and diagnostic code(s), in accordance with this mandate.
Software necessary to support ADCP
Automated Information Collection System (AICS) and other capture solutions
Patient Care Encounter (including)
Visit Tracking v.2.0
Patient InformationManagement System
National Patient Care Data Base.
Other Patches involved in the 10/1/96 mandate
Person Class File and Utilities
Collects Type of Insurance, Passes active Ambulatory Surgery Procedure codes to PCE Enables entry of providers and diagnoses interactively into PCE
Interfaces with PCE to pass provider and procedure data for ambulatory Radiology/Nuclear Medicine encounters
Interfaces with PCE to pass provider and procedure data for ambulatory Laboratory encounters
AICS Manual Data Entry functionality
Measurement Data collected via AICS passed through PCE Device Interface to Vitals/Measurement Pkg
Ambulatory Care Reporting Patch
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