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Central Distributor SID: Description of Data Elements
This section describes how HCUP data elements are coded, restrictions on their use, their uniform values, and State-specific coding practices.
 
DRG_NoPOA - DRG in use on discharge date, calculated without POA
 
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes
 

The Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) appropriate for the date of discharge is assigned by the Medicare DRG Grouper algorithm during HCUP processing. For DRG_NOPOA, the DRG assignment is made without the use of the present on admission (POA) flags for the diagnoses. DRG_NoPOA and the Major Diagnostic Category (MDC) calculated without POA indicators (MDC_NoPOA) are useful because the lack of POA flags from many states prevents the assignment of the standard MDC and DRG for a few DRGs involving Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC). See the general note under the HCUP variable DRG for more information about the assignment of DRGs.

Labels: Labels for the DRGs and DRG_NoPOA are provided as an ASCII file in HCUP Tools: Labels and Formats.

 
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Uniform Values
 
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
DRG_NoPOADRG in use on discharge date, calculated without POAnnnDRG value
 
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State Specific Notes

None

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Internet Citation: HCUP Central Distributor SID Description of Data Elements - All States. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). August 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/db/vars/siddistnote.jsp?var=drg_nopoa.
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