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Abstraction Training: Key Abstraction Concepts

When: July 10, 2012
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST
Where: Online Webinar
Contact: Jessica Bush

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Abstraction Training: Key Abstraction Concepts

Understand what the record abstraction is about before you start looking at individual measures.

Does abstracting on face value mean that I must pick up an entry that is clearly in error? Is it true that documentation should never be added to record after discharge? Through this presentation, you will discover answers to these and other questions critical to accuracy of abstraction across the Core Measure sets

Note: This event is part of a series of upcoming Abstractor education events that may be of interest to you. Explore our Calendar of Events for more information. You will have the option to register for the entire series, or portions thereof, by selecting 'Register for this event' above.

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Core Measure abstraction is based on a set of common principles. Some of these are spelled out in Introduction to the Data Dictionary, while others are less clearly defined. For instance, questions such as, "What makes a case eligible for reporting?” "How should an abstractor deal with conflicting documentation?” and "When is post-discharge documentation eligible for abstraction?” must be answered before delving into the individual Core Measures.

The main topics for this webinar include:

  • Eligibility for inpatient and outpatient quality reporting
  • Concept of inclusion and exclusion terms
  • Rules of abstraction: General, but not universal
  • Types of data sources
  • Authentication requirements

Attend this foundational webinar to learn what you need to know to avoid abstracting errors.

Who Should Attend

  • CNO
  • Quality Directors
  • Abstractors
  • Hospital Data Analysts


Andrei Kuznetsov, MA, Director of Analytical Services , Primaris

Andrei Kuznetsov, MA, is the Director of Analytical Services at Primaris, a healthcare consulting business located in Columbia, MO. Mr. Kuznetsov has been training abstractors since the Core Measures pilot in 1999, first in a classroom setting and in the last three years, over the Web. His expertise comes from analysis of the disagreements between hospitals and the external auditors and from thorough research into the challenging documentation scenarios. He maintains a blog of abstraction Q&A, based on questions submitted to him by hospital abstractors. He also ensures accuracy of medical record abstraction for Primaris’ private clients by re-abstracting records and providing feedback and education to the nurses who perform Core Measure abstraction.


90 minutes


2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST


Affiliate Price: $0.00
Non-Affiliate Price: $50.00

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • What makes a case eligible for inpatient or outpatient reporting
  • What data elements limit acceptable inclusions to "those listed”
  • When the rule of abstracting on face value does not apply
  • Whether or not it is ever acceptable to add documentation after patient leaves the hospital


Tennessee Nurses Association
Recommended CNE: 1.5

QHR Learning Institute is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Criteria for successful completion of this course are to attend 100% of the program and to complete an evaluation form.

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