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Chapter 246-455 WAC

Last Update: 6/22/22

HOSPITAL PATIENT DISCHARGE INFORMATION REPORTING

WAC Sections

HTMLPDF246-455-001Purpose.
HTMLPDF246-455-010Definitions.
HTMLPDF246-455-020Reporting data set information.
HTMLPDF246-455-025Reporting of additional patient demographic information.
HTMLPDF246-455-035Waiver for reporting the additional patient demographic information.
HTMLPDF246-455-040Acceptable media for submission of data.
HTMLPDF246-455-050Time deadline for submission of data.
HTMLPDF246-455-060Edits to data.
HTMLPDF246-455-070Revisions to submitted data.
HTMLPDF246-455-080Security of the data. (Effective until January 1, 2023)
HTMLPDF246-455-085Data filesRelease of data files and data use agreements.
HTMLPDF246-455-105Requests from government agencies for patient discharge data files containing direct patient identifiers.
HTMLPDF246-455-200Requests for patient discharge data files containing direct patient identifiers for research.
HTMLPDF246-455-300Requests from individuals or entities for patient discharge data files containing indirect patient identifiers.
HTMLPDF246-455-400Patient discharge data use agreements.
HTMLPDF246-455-500Data file production.
HTMLPDF246-455-990Data file fees.
DISPOSITION OF SECTIONS FORMERLY CODIFIED IN THIS TITLE
246-455-030Reporting of E-Codes. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and [43.]70.170. WSR 03-13-029, § 246-455-030, filed 6/10/03, effective 7/11/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-030, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 88-16-043 (Order 88-05, Resolution No. 88-05), § 261-50-035, filed 7/29/88.] Repealed by WSR 07-09-091, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052.
246-455-080Security of the data. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.052, 2014 c 220. WSR 15-19-152, § 246-455-080, filed 9/22/15, effective 10/23/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052. WSR 07-09-091, § 246-455-080, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and [43.]70.170. WSR 03-13-029, § 246-455-080, filed 6/10/03, effective 7/11/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-080, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-080, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-070, filed 10/1/84.] Repealed by WSR 22-13-187, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22. Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052.
246-455-090Release of the data. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052. WSR 07-09-091, § 246-455-090, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-090, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-090, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 87-08-037 (Order 87-02, Resolution No. 87-02), § 261-50-075, filed 3/30/87.] Repealed by WSR 15-19-152, filed 9/22/15, effective 10/23/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.052, 2014 c 220.
246-455-100Penalties for violation. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and [43.]70.170. WSR 03-13-029, § 246-455-100, filed 6/10/03, effective 7/11/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-100, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-100, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 88-16-043 (Order 88-05, Resolution No. 88-05), § 261-50-090, filed 7/29/88; WSR 87-08-037 (Order 87-02, Resolution No. 87-02), § 261-50-090, filed 3/30/87; WSR 87-04-008 (Order 87-01, Resolution No. 87-01), § 261-50-090, filed 1/23/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.39.180. WSR 86-14-081 (Order 86-03, Resolution No. 86-03), § 261-50-090, filed 7/1/86; WSR 85-17-020 (Order 85-05, Resolution No. 85-05), § 261-50-090, filed 8/13/85.] Repealed by WSR 15-19-152, filed 9/22/15, effective 10/23/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.052, 2014 c 220.


(Effective until January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-001

Purpose.

This chapter is adopted by the Washington state department of health pursuant to RCW 43.70.040, 43.70.052, and 70.170.010 relating to the collection and maintenance of patient discharge data, including data necessary for identification of discharges by diagnosis-related groups.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052. WSR 07-09-091, § 246-455-001, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and [43.]70.170. WSR 03-13-029, § 246-455-001, filed 6/10/03, effective 7/11/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-001, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-001, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-010, filed 10/1/84.]
(Effective January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-001

Purpose.

This chapter is adopted by the Washington state department of health pursuant to RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052 relating to the collection and maintenance of patient discharge data, including data necessary for identification of discharges by diagnosis-related groups.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-001, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052. WSR 07-09-091, § 246-455-001, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and [43.]70.170. WSR 03-13-029, § 246-455-001, filed 6/10/03, effective 7/11/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-001, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-001, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-010, filed 10/1/84.]



(Effective until January 1, 2023)

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Definitions.

The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
(1) "CHARS" means comprehensive hospital abstract reporting system.
(2) "CHARS Procedure Manual" means the written instructions for reporting hospital discharge data to the department.
(3) "CHARS 837 Companion Guide" means the written technical guidelines for creating the ASC X12 837 Health Care Claim file for CHARS.
(4) "Data use agreement" means a signed agreement with the department for transmitting, receiving and using records containing individually identifiable or potentially identifiable health information. The agreement specifies, at a minimum, what information will be exchanged, the conditions or restrictions under which the information will be used and protected, restrictions on redisclosure of data and restrictions on attempts to locate information associated with a specific individual.
(5) "Department" means Washington state department of health.
(6) "Diagnosis-related groups (DRG)" is a classification system that groups hospital patients according to principal and secondary diagnosis, presence or absence of a surgical procedure, age, presence or absence of significant comorbidities or complications, and other relevant criteria.
(7) "Discharge data" means a collection of patient records in which each record represents a single patient discharged from the hospital following an inpatient or observation stay.
(8) "Hospital" means any health care institution which is required to qualify for a license under chapter 70.41 RCW or as a psychiatric hospital under chapter 71.12 RCW.
(9) "Office of Management and Budget" means a body within the Executive Office of the President of the United States which is tasked with coordinating United States Federal agencies and can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb.
(10) "Patient discharge" means the termination of an inpatient admission or observation stay, including an admission as a result of a birth, in a Washington hospital.
(11) Uniform Billing "UB-04 data set" means the data element specifications developed by the National Uniform Billing Committee which can be found at www.NUBC.org. Data elements are completely defined in the CHARS Procedure Manual which may be obtained on the department's website or by contacting the department.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.052, 2014 c 220. WSR 15-19-152, § 246-455-010, filed 9/22/15, effective 10/23/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052. WSR 07-09-091, § 246-455-010, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and [43.]70.170. WSR 03-13-029, § 246-455-010, filed 6/10/03, effective 7/11/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-010, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-010, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.39.180. WSR 85-17-020 (Order 85-05, Resolution No. 85-05), § 261-50-020, filed 8/13/85. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-020, filed 10/1/84.]
(Effective January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-010

Definitions.

The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
(1) "CHARS" means comprehensive hospital abstract reporting system.
(2) "CHARS Companion Guide" means the written technical guidelines for creating and submitting hospital patient discharge data from the hospital to the department or the department's designee as required for CHARS.
(3) "CHARS Procedure Manual" means the written instructions for reporting hospital discharge data to the department.
(4) "Custom data file" means a specialized patient discharge data file created and released by the department upon request of an individual. Custom data file does not mean standard data file.
(5) "Data" means a data file containing multiple patient discharge records submitted to the department as required for CHARS.
(6) "Data use agreement" means a signed agreement with the department for transmitting, receiving and using records containing individually identifiable or potentially identifiable health information. The agreement specifies, at a minimum, what information will be exchanged, the conditions or restrictions under which the information will be used and protected, restrictions on redisclosure of data and restrictions on attempts to locate information associated with a specific individual.
(7) "Department" means Washington state department of health.
(8) "Designee" means a private entity contracted by the department to perform data collection on behalf of the department as authorized by RCW 43.70.052(1).
(9) "Diagnosis-related groups (DRG)" is a classification system that groups hospital patients according to principal and secondary diagnosis, presence or absence of a surgical procedure, age, presence or absence of significant comorbidities or complications, and other relevant criteria.
(10) "Direct patient identifier" means information that identifies a patient.
(11) "Discharge data" means a collection of patient records in which each record represents a single patient discharged from the hospital following an inpatient or observation stay.
(12) "Government agencies" include state boards, commissions, committees, departments, educational institutions, or other state agencies which are created by or pursuant to statute, other than courts and the legislature; county or city agencies, federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations, and United States federal agencies.
(13) "Hospital" means any health care institution licensed under chapter 70.41 RCW or a psychiatric hospital licensed under chapter 71.12 RCW.
(14) "Human research review board" is the standing institutional review board operating under chapter 42.48 RCW.
(15) "Indirect patient identifier" means information that may identify a patient when combined with other information.
(16) "Office of Management and Budget" means a body within the Executive Office of the President of the United States which is tasked with coordinating United States Federal agencies and can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb.
(17) "Patient discharge" means the termination of an inpatient admission or observation stay, including an admission as a result of a birth, in a Washington hospital.
(18) "Research" means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities that meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this rule, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program that is considered research for other purposes.
(19) "Standard data file" means the routine patient discharge data file created and released by the department, and does not mean custom data file.
(20) "State" means Washington state unless otherwise specified.
(21) "UB-04 data set" means the uniform billing data element specifications developed by the National Uniform Billing Committee which can be found at www.NUBC.org.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-010, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.052, 2014 c 220. WSR 15-19-152, § 246-455-010, filed 9/22/15, effective 10/23/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052. WSR 07-09-091, § 246-455-010, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and [43.]70.170. WSR 03-13-029, § 246-455-010, filed 6/10/03, effective 7/11/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-010, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-010, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.39.180. WSR 85-17-020 (Order 85-05, Resolution No. 85-05), § 261-50-020, filed 8/13/85. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-020, filed 10/1/84.]



(Effective until January 1, 2023)

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Reporting of UB-04 data set information.

(1) Hospitals shall collect and report the following data set elements to the department:
(a) Patient control number
Patient's unique alpha-numeric number assigned by the hospital to facilitate retrieval of individual patient records
(b) Type of bill
(c) National Provider Identifier (UB-04), or department assigned identifier, as applicable
(d) Patient last name (at least the first four letters)
(e) Patient first name (at least the first three letters)
(f) Patient middle initial
(g) Patient Social Security number (at least the last four digits)
(h) Patient zip code (U.S.A.)
(i) Patient country code (outside U.S.A.) International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 3166-1
(j) Patient's date of birth
(k) Sex
(l) Admission date
(m) Type of admission
(n) Point of origin for admission
(o) Patient discharge status
(p) Statement covers period (from - through)
(q) Revenue code
(r) Units of service
(s) Total charges
(t) Payer identification (up to three): Payer identification number per the CHARS procedure manual identifying each payer group from which the hospital may expect some payment of the bill
(u) Principal diagnosis code
(v) Other diagnosis codes
(w) External cause of injury (ECI) code
(x) Principal procedure code
(y) Other procedure code
(z) Attending provider identifier National Provider Identifier according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) schedule
(aa) Operating physician identifier National Provider Identifier according to CMS schedule, as applicable
(bb) Other provider identifiers National Provider Identifier according to CMS schedule, as applicable
(cc) Admission hour
(dd) Race - Per minimum Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards
(ee) Ethnicity - Per minimum OMB standards
(ff) Discharge hour
(gg) Procedure date
(hh) Present on admission status
(ii) Health care provider taxonomy code
(jj) Health care common procedure coding system (HCPCS)
(kk) Service date
(2) The hospital shall report all patient discharge data described in WAC 246-455-010 and 246-455-020 according to UB-04 specifications unless noted otherwise.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.052, 2014 c 220. WSR 15-19-152, § 246-455-020, filed 9/22/15, effective 10/23/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052. WSR 07-09-091, § 246-455-020, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and [43.]70.170. WSR 03-13-029, § 246-455-020, filed 6/10/03, effective 7/11/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-020, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-020, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 87-08-037 (Order 87-02, Resolution No. 87-02), § 261-50-030, filed 3/30/87; WSR 87-04-008 (Order 87-01, Resolution No. 87-01), § 261-50-030, filed 1/23/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.39.180. WSR 86-14-081 (Order 86-03, Resolution No. 86-03), § 261-50-030, filed 7/1/86; WSR 85-17-020 (Order 85-05, Resolution No. 85-05), § 261-50-030, filed 8/13/85. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-030, filed 10/1/84.]
(Effective January 1, 2023)

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Reporting data set information.

(1) Hospitals shall collect and report the following data set elements to the department:
(a) Patient control number: Patient's unique alpha-numeric number assigned by the hospital to facilitate retrieval of individual patient records;
(b) Patient medical record number;
(c) Type of bill;
(d) National Provider Identifier (UB-04), or department assigned identifier, as applicable;
(e) Patient last name;
(f) Patient first name;
(g) Patient middle initial;
(h) Patient Social Security number (at least the last four digits);
(i) Patient address;
(j) Patient zip code (U.S.A.);
(k) Patient country code (outside U.S.A.) International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 3166-1;
(l) Patient's date of birth;
(m) Sex assigned at birth;
(n) Admission date;
(o) Type of admission;
(p) Admitting diagnosis code;
(q) Patient's ICD code (1-3) reason for visit;
(r) Point of origin for admission;
(s) Patient discharge status;
(t) Statement covers period (from - through);
(u) Revenue code;
(v) Units of service;
(w) Total charges;
(x) Payer identification (up to three): Payer identification number per the CHARS procedure manual identifying each payer group from which the hospital may expect some payment of the bill;
(y) Principal diagnosis code;
(z) Other diagnosis codes;
(aa) External cause of injury (ECI) code;
(bb) Principal procedure code;
(cc) Other procedure code;
(dd) Referring provider's National Provider Identifier (NPI), as applicable;
(ee) Attending provider's National Provider Identifier (NPI) according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) schedule;
(ff) Operating physician's National Provider Identifier (NPI) according to CMS schedule, as applicable;
(gg) Other provider's National Provider Identifier (NPI) according to CMS schedule, as applicable;
(hh) Admission hour;
(ii) Race - Until hospitals are required to report race consistent with WAC 246-455-025, race shall be reported per minimum office of management and budget (OMB) standards;
(jj) Ethnicity - Until hospitals are required to report ethnicity consistent with WAC 246-455-025, ethnicity shall be reported per minimum OMB standards;
(kk) Discharge hour;
(ll) Procedure date;
(mm) Present on admission status;
(nn) Health care provider taxonomy code;
(oo) Health care common procedure coding system (HCPCS);
(pp) Service date;
(qq) Facility federal tax number;
(rr) Insured last name, first name, middle name, suffix;
(ss) Patient's relationship to insured code;
(tt) Insured ID.
(2) The hospital shall report all patient discharge data required in this section according to UB-04 specifications unless noted otherwise.
(3) If the department has a designee, the hospital shall report all patient discharge data required in this section to the designee. The designee will report the patient discharge data required in this section submitted by the hospital to the department in the format prescribed by the department.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-020, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.052, 2014 c 220. WSR 15-19-152, § 246-455-020, filed 9/22/15, effective 10/23/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052. WSR 07-09-091, § 246-455-020, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and [43.]70.170. WSR 03-13-029, § 246-455-020, filed 6/10/03, effective 7/11/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-020, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-020, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 87-08-037 (Order 87-02, Resolution No. 87-02), § 261-50-030, filed 3/30/87; WSR 87-04-008 (Order 87-01, Resolution No. 87-01), § 261-50-030, filed 1/23/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.39.180. WSR 86-14-081 (Order 86-03, Resolution No. 86-03), § 261-50-030, filed 7/1/86; WSR 85-17-020 (Order 85-05, Resolution No. 85-05), § 261-50-030, filed 8/13/85. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-030, filed 10/1/84.]



(Effective January 1, 2023)

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Reporting of additional patient demographic information.

(1) In addition to the data elements required by WAC 246-455-020, hospitals must collect additional information on patient's ethnicity, race, preferred language, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation. When requesting demographic information under this section, hospitals must inform patients that providing the information is voluntary.
(2) Patient's ethnicity shall be identified by the patient and reported using one of the following categories:
(a) Hispanic, Latino/a, Latinx;
(b) Non-Hispanic, Latino/a, Latinx;
(c) Patient declined to respond; or
(d) Unknown to patient.
(3) Patient's race shall be identified by the patient and reported using one or more of the following categories. If the patient self-identifies more than one race, each race shall be reported.
(a) Afghan;
(b) Afro-Caribbean;
(c) Alaska Native;
(d) American Indian;
(e) Arab;
(f) Asian;
(g) Asian Indian;
(h) Bamar/Burman/Burmese;
(i) Bangladeshi;
(j) Bhutanese;
(k) Black or African American;
(l) Central American;
(m) Cham;
(n) Chicano/a or Chicanx;
(o) Chinese;
(p) Congolese;
(q) Cuban;
(r) Dominican;
(s) Egyptian;
(t) Eritrean;
(u) Ethiopian;
(v) Fijian;
(w) Filipino;
(x) First Nations;
(y) Guamanian or Chamorro;
(z) Hmong/Mong;
(aa) Indigenous-Latino/a or Indigenous-Latinx;
(bb) Indonesian;
(cc) Iranian;
(dd) Iraqi;
(ee) Japanese;
(ff) Jordanian;
(gg) Karen;
(hh) Kenyan;
(ii) Khmer/Cambodian;
(jj) Korean;
(kk) Kuwaiti;
(ll) Lao;
(mm) Lebanese;
(nn) Malaysian;
(oo) Marshallese;
(pp) Mestizo;
(qq) Mexican/Mexican American;
(rr) Middle Eastern;
(ss) Mien;
(tt) Moroccan;
(uu) Native Hawaiian;
(vv) Nepalese;
(ww) North African;
(xx) Oromo;
(yy) Pacific Islander;
(zz) Pakistani;
(aaa) Puerto Rican;
(bbb) Romanian/Rumanian;
(ccc) Russian;
(ddd) Samoan;
(eee) Saudi Arabian;
(fff) Somali;
(ggg) South African;
(hhh) South American;
(iii) Syrian;
(jjj) Taiwanese;
(kkk) Thai;
(lll) Tongan;
(mmm) Ugandan;
(nnn) Ukrainian;
(ooo) Vietnamese;
(ppp) White;
(qqq) Yemeni;
(rrr) Other race;
(sss) Patient declined to respond; and
(ttt) Unknown to patient.
(4) Patient's preferred language either written or spoken or both shall be identified by the patient and reported to the department. Preferred language shall be reported using the following categories:
(a) Amharic;
(b) Arabic;
(c) Balochi/Baluchi;
(d) Burmese;
(e) Cantonese;
(f) Chinese (unspecified);
(g) Chamorro;
(h) Chuukese;
(i) Dari;
(j) English;
(k) Farsi/Persian;
(l) Fijian;
(m) Filipino/Pilipino;
(n) French;
(o) German;
(p) Hindi;
(q) Hmong;
(r) Japanese;
(s) Karen;
(t) Khmer/Cambodian;
(u) Kinyarwanda;
(v) Korean;
(w) Kosraean;
(x) Lao;
(y) Mandarin;
(z) Marshallese;
(aa) Mixteco;
(bb) Nepali;
(cc) Oromo;
(dd) Panjabi/Punjabi;
(ee) Pashto;
(ff) Portuguese;
(gg) Romanian/Rumanian;
(hh) Russian;
(ii) Samoan;
(jj) Sign languages;
(kk) Somali;
(ll) Spanish/Castilian;
(mm) Swahili/Kiswahili;
(nn) Tagalog;
(oo) Tamil;
(pp) Telugu;
(qq) Thai;
(rr) Tigrinya;
(ss) Ukrainian;
(tt) Urdu;
(uu) Vietnamese;
(vv) Other language;
(ww) Patient declined to respond; or
(xx) Unknown.
(5) Patient's disability shall be identified by the patient and reported consistent with the categories in this subsection. If the patient self-identifies more than one disability, each disability shall be reported.
(a) The patient experiences any of the following in their daily living:
(i) Difficulty hearing;
(ii) Difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses;
(iii) Limitations in any activities because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition;
(iv) Uses a cane, a wheelchair, a trained service animal, adaptive bed, adaptive telephone, or some other device;
(v) Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition;
(vi) Difficulty walking or climbing stairs;
(vii) Difficulty dressing or bathing;
(viii) Difficulty doing errands alone such as visiting a doctor's office or shopping;
(ix) Not listed above;
(x) Not applicable (no limitations);
(xi) Patient declined to respond; or
(xii) Unknown.
(b) The patient has any of the following disabilities or conditions:
(i) Intellectual disability;
(ii) Developmental disability;
(iii) Physical disability;
(iv) Brain injury;
(v) Mental health disability;
(vi) Neurocognitive disability;
(vii) Deaf, d/Deaf, or hard of hearing;
(viii) Blind, low vision, or visually impaired;
(ix) Chronic medical condition;
(x) Not listed above;
(xi) Not applicable (no disability or condition);
(xii) Patient declined to respond; or
(xiii) Unknown.
(6) Patient's gender identity shall be identified by the patient and reported using one or more of the following options. If the patient self-identifies more than one gender, each gender shall be reported.
(a) Male;
(b) Female;
(c) Man or Masculine/Masc;
(d) Woman or Feminine/Femme;
(e) Trans* or transgender;
(f) Cis or cisgender;
(g) Genderqueer;
(h) Nonbinary;
(i) Two spirit;
(j) Gender fluid;
(k) Bigender;
(l) Agender;
(m) Demigirl;
(n) Demiboy;
(o) Gender not listed above, please specify;
(p) Patient declined to respond; or
(q) Unknown.
(7) Patient's sexual orientation shall be identified by the patient and reported using one or more of the following categories. If the patient self-identifies more than one sexual orientation, each sexual orientation shall be reported.
(a) Straight;
(b) Gay;
(c) Lesbian;
(d) Queer;
(e) Bisexual;
(f) Pansexual/Bi+;
(g) Asexual;
(h) Sexual orientation not listed above, please specify;
(i) Patient declined to respond; or
(j) Unknown.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-025, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22.]



(Effective October 1, 2022)

PDF246-455-035

Waiver for reporting the additional patient demographic information.

(1) Beginning October 1, 2022, a hospital that is certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a critical access hospital, is certified by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services as a sole community hospital, or qualifies as a medicare dependent hospital must comply with this section.
(2)(a) A hospital subject to the additional patient demographic information reporting requirements in RCW 43.70.052 (6)(a) and WAC 246-455-025, and is experiencing an economic hardship, technological limitations that are not reasonably in the control of the hospital, or other exceptional circumstance demonstrated by the hospital, may submit an attestation to the department requesting a waiver of the additional patient demographic information reporting requirements in RCW 43.70.052 (6)(a) and WAC 246-455-025.
(b) The waiver attestation with supporting documentation must be submitted on forms provided by the department. The waiver is deemed granted upon written or electronic approval from the department. The department may request additional information to complete the attestation. The department, in its discretion, may deny the waiver request if the hospital fails to comply with the requirements in RCW 43.70.052(6) and this section.
(c) A hospital that has been granted a waiver shall be exempt from reporting the additional patient discharge information outlined by WAC 246-455-025 for one calendar year. The one calendar year starts at the beginning of the next calendar month after the waiver is approved. The waiver is effective when the department sends written or electronic approval to the hospital.
(d) A hospital seeking an extension on its approved waiver must apply for an extension before the waiver expires. If the hospital does not apply for an extension before the waiver expires, the hospital must collect and report the additional patient discharge information in RCW 43.70.052 (6)(a) and WAC 246-455-025 and will not be eligible for an additional waiver.
(e) For economic hardship or technological limitations that are not reasonably in the control of the hospital, a hospital may only submit up to a total of three waiver attestations to the department.
(f) For other exceptional circumstances, there is no limit on the number of waiver attestations that a hospital may submit to the department.
(g) The hospital must begin collecting the additional patient discharge information in RCW 43.70.052 (6)(a) and WAC 246-455-025 immediately following the waiver expiration.
(h) Data collected under a waiver must be reported consistent with WAC 246-455-020, and data collected after the waiver expiration must be reported consistent with both WAC 246-455-020 and 246-455-025. Data must be submitted according to the deadline for submission required by WAC 246-455-050.
(3) For the purposes of this section:
(a) Economic hardship means:
(i) A hospital with less than 30 days of operating days in cash as of December 31st based on audited financial statements;
(ii) A hospital with a net loss or a negative change in net assets for two consecutive years based on audited financial statements;
(iii) A bankruptcy in the previous year or a waiver submitted under this section due to bankruptcy in the previous year;
(iv) Opening a new hospital after January 1, 2022;
(v) Operating a low-income hospital, that is defined as a hospital serving a minimum of 30 percent medicaid patients; or
(vi) Intent to discontinue operating in Washington prior to January 1, 2023.
(b) Technological limitation that is not reasonable in the control of the hospital means the integration of electronic health records system changes, switching electronic health record system vendors, or updating the hospital's current electronic health record system to comply with the requirements of this section and is in progress but has not yet been completed; and
(c) Other exceptional circumstance means unforeseen circumstances that stress the hospital in such a way that compliance is not possible. Examples may include, but are not limited to, natural disasters, widespread health care emergencies, unforeseen barriers to integration, or unforeseen events that results in a statewide emergency.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-035, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22.]



(Effective until January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-040

Acceptable media for submission of data.

Hospitals shall submit data in the form prescribed by the department in the CHARS Procedure Manual and CHARS 837 Companion Guide. Additional information not listed in WAC 246-455-020 may be required by the department to successfully process data submission files. Copies of the CHARS Procedure Manual and CHARS 837 Companion Guide may be obtained on the department's website or by contacting the department.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052. WSR 07-09-091, § 246-455-040, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and [43.]70.170. WSR 03-13-029, § 246-455-040, filed 6/10/03, effective 7/11/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-040, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-040, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 88-16-043 (Order 88-05, Resolution No. 88-05), § 261-50-040, filed 7/29/88; WSR 87-04-008 (Order 87-01, Resolution No. 87-01), § 261-50-040, filed 1/23/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.39.180. WSR 86-14-081 (Order 86-03, Resolution No. 86-03), § 261-50-040, filed 7/1/86; WSR 85-17-020 (Order 85-05, Resolution No. 85-05), § 261-50-040, filed 8/13/85. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-040, filed 10/1/84.]
(Effective January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-040

Acceptable media for submission of data.

(1) A hospital shall submit data in the format prescribed by the department. The data must comply with the requirements in the CHARS Procedure Manual and CHARS Companion Guide. Additional information not listed in WAC 246-455-020 and 246-455-025 may be required by the department to successfully process data submission files. Copies of the CHARS Procedure Manual and CHARS Companion Guide may be obtained on the department's website or by contacting the department.
(2) A department designee shall submit data to the department in the format prescribed by the department.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-040, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052. WSR 07-09-091, § 246-455-040, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and [43.]70.170. WSR 03-13-029, § 246-455-040, filed 6/10/03, effective 7/11/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-040, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-040, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 88-16-043 (Order 88-05, Resolution No. 88-05), § 261-50-040, filed 7/29/88; WSR 87-04-008 (Order 87-01, Resolution No. 87-01), § 261-50-040, filed 1/23/87. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.39.180. WSR 86-14-081 (Order 86-03, Resolution No. 86-03), § 261-50-040, filed 7/1/86; WSR 85-17-020 (Order 85-05, Resolution No. 85-05), § 261-50-040, filed 8/13/85. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-040, filed 10/1/84.]



(Effective until January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-050

Time deadline for submission of data.

Hospitals shall submit data to the department or its designee within forty-five days following the end of each calendar month.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052. WSR 07-09-091, § 246-455-050, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-050, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-050, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 88-16-043 (Order 88-05, Resolution No. 88-05), § 261-50-050, filed 7/29/88; WSR 87-04-008 (Order 87-01, Resolution No. 87-01), § 261-50-050, filed 1/23/87; WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-050, filed 10/1/84.]
(Effective January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-050

Time deadline for submission of data.

(1) A hospital shall submit data to the department or the department's designee within 45 calendar days following the end of each calendar month.
(2) The department designee shall submit the data to the department after receiving the data from the hospital in the time frame prescribed by the department.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-050, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052. WSR 07-09-091, § 246-455-050, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-050, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-050, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 88-16-043 (Order 88-05, Resolution No. 88-05), § 261-50-050, filed 7/29/88; WSR 87-04-008 (Order 87-01, Resolution No. 87-01), § 261-50-050, filed 1/23/87; WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-050, filed 10/1/84.]



(Effective until January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-060

Edits to data.

The department shall edit the data as follows:
(1) Record layout compatibility edits on data submitted in accordance with WAC 246-455-020; and
(2) Verification of the data set elements set forth in WAC 246-455-020.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-060, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-060, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 88-16-043 (Order 88-05, Resolution No. 88-05), § 261-50-060, filed 7/29/88; WSR 87-04-008 (Order 87-01, Resolution No. 87-01), § 261-50-060, filed 1/23/87; WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-060, filed 10/1/84.]
(Effective January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-060

Edits to data.

The department or the department's designee shall edit the data as follows:
(1) Record layout compatibility edits on data submitted in accordance with WAC 246-455-020 and 246-455-025; and
(2) Verification of the data set elements set forth in WAC 246-455-020 and 246-455-025.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-060, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-060, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-060, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 88-16-043 (Order 88-05, Resolution No. 88-05), § 261-50-060, filed 7/29/88; WSR 87-04-008 (Order 87-01, Resolution No. 87-01), § 261-50-060, filed 1/23/87; WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-060, filed 10/1/84.]



(Effective until January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-070

Revisions to submitted data.

All data revisions required as a result of the edits performed pursuant to WAC 246-455-020 shall be corrected and returned to the department or its designee within fourteen working days.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.052, 2014 c 220. WSR 15-19-152, § 246-455-070, filed 9/22/15, effective 10/23/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-070, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-070, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.39.180. WSR 85-17-020 (Order 85-05, Resolution No. 85-05), § 261-50-065, filed 8/13/85. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-065, filed 10/1/84.]
(Effective January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-070

Revisions to submitted data.

(1) All data revisions required as a result of the edits performed pursuant to WAC 246-455-060 shall be corrected by the hospital and returned to the department or the department's designee within 14 working days after the submission deadline in WAC 246-455-050.
(2) The department's designee shall submit the data to the department after receiving the revised data from the hospital in the time frame prescribed by the department.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-070, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.052, 2014 c 220. WSR 15-19-152, § 246-455-070, filed 9/22/15, effective 10/23/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-070, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-070, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.39.180. WSR 85-17-020 (Order 85-05, Resolution No. 85-05), § 261-50-065, filed 8/13/85. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-065, filed 10/1/84.]



(Effective until January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-080

Security of the data.

(1) The department and its contractors or agents shall maintain the confidentiality of data from CHARS as required by chapter 70.170 RCW.
(2) The department shall institute security and system safeguards to prevent and detect unauthorized access, modification, or manipulation of individually identifiable health information. Accordingly, the safeguards will include:
(a) Documented formal procedures for handling the information;
(b) Physical safeguards to protect computer systems and other pertinent equipment from intrusion;
(c) Processes to protect, control and audit access to the information;
(d) Processes to protect the information from unauthorized access or disclosure when it is transmitted over communication networks;
(e) Processes to protect the information when it is physically moved from one location to another;
(f) Processes to ensure the information is encrypted when:
(i) It resides in an area that is readily accessible by individuals who are not authorized to access the information (e.g., shared network drives or outside the agency data centers);
(ii) It is stored in a format that is easily accessible by individuals who are not authorized to access the information (e.g., text files and spreadsheets);
(iii) It is stored on removable media, or portable devices (e.g., tapes, electronic disks, thumb drives, external hard drives, laptops and hand-held devices).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.052, 2014 c 220. WSR 15-19-152, § 246-455-080, filed 9/22/15, effective 10/23/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and 43.70.052. WSR 07-09-091, § 246-455-080, filed 4/18/07, effective 5/23/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and [43.]70.170. WSR 03-13-029, § 246-455-080, filed 6/10/03, effective 7/11/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040 and chapter 70.170 RCW. WSR 94-12-090, § 246-455-080, filed 6/1/94, effective 7/2/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-455-080, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.39 RCW. WSR 84-20-067 (Order 84-06, Resolution No. 84-06), § 261-50-070, filed 10/1/84.]



(Effective until January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-085

Data filesRelease of data files and data use agreements.

The department may create and release data files with patient discharge information as allowed under RCW 43.70.052. The type of information contained in the file, including direct and indirect patient identifiers, determines the category and permitted release of the data file.
(1) Confidential data files contain one or more direct patient identifiers.
(a) The department may distribute a confidential data file to:
(i) Government agencies after entering into a data use agreement; or
(ii) Researchers with approval from the Washington state IRB and a signed confidentiality agreement.
(b) Direct patient identifier means information that identifies a patient. Direct identifiers include:
(i) Patient first name;
(ii) Patient middle name(s);
(iii) Patient last name;
(iv) Social Security number;
(v) Patient control number or medical record number;
(vi) Patient zip code + four digits;
(vii) Dates that include day, month, and year; and
(viii) Admission and discharge dates in combination.
(c) Government agencies include: Washington state boards, commissions, committees, departments, educational institutions, or other Washington state agencies which are created by or pursuant to statute, other than courts and the legislature; Washington county or city agencies, U.S. federal agencies.
(d) In order to comply with RCW 70.02.240 protecting mental health information for youth, for patients under age eighteen, the confidential data file will not include mental health related diagnosis or procedure codes or any diagnosis related groups or major diagnosis category.
(e) In order to comply with WAC 246-490-110 protecting the identity of facilities that provide abortions, for any hospitalization that includes a diagnosis or procedure code indicating an induced termination of pregnancy, the confidential file will not include patient name, facility ID, provider identifiers, or geographic identifiers less than state.
(f) The department may provide the fewest data elements necessary for the stated purpose of the project.
(2) Potentially identifiable data files contain indirect patient identifiers.
(a) The department may distribute a potentially identifiable data file to anyone after entering into a data use agreement with the requestor or requesting organization.
(b) Indirect patient identifier means information that may identify a patient when combined with other information. Identification of a specific patient is more likely when a file contains a group of ten or fewer similar hospitalizations.
(c) Indirect patient identifiers include the following data elements, in combination or individually, when they create a group of ten or fewer similar hospitalizations in a file:
(i) Hospital or provider identifiers;
(ii) Five digit zip code;
(iii) County, state, and country of residence;
(iv) Dates that include month and year;
(v) Admission and discharge hour;
(vi) Secondary diagnosis, procedure, present on admission, external cause of injury, and payer codes;
(vii) Age in years;
(viii) Race and ethnicity.
(d) The potentially identifiable data file does not contain any direct identifiers listed in subsection (1)(b)(i) through (viii) of this section.
(3) Public data file with no patient identifiers:
(a) The department may release an unrestricted public data file that does not contain information that alone or in combination with other information identifies a patient.
(b) The department may create a public file by:
(i) Removing all data elements identified in subsection (2)(c)(i) through (viii) of this section; or
(ii) By aggregating or anonymizing data identified in subsection (2)(c)(i) through (v), (vii), and (viii) of this section so that each combination of indirect patient identifiers remaining in the public file must appear at least ten times.
(c) The public data file does not contain any direct identifiers listed in subsection (1)(b)(i) through (viii) of this section.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.052, 2014 c 220. WSR 15-19-152, § 246-455-085, filed 9/22/15, effective 10/23/15.]
(Effective January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-085

Data filesRelease of data files and data use agreements.

(1) The department may create and release data files with patient discharge information as allowed under RCW 43.70.052 and this chapter. The type of information contained in the file, including direct and indirect patient identifiers, determines the category and permitted release of the data file.
(2) The department may aggregate data from patient discharge information, and may release such aggregated data with either direct patient identifiers or indirect patient identifiers, or both, in accordance with RCW 43.70.052 and this chapter.
(3) In order to maintain the confidentiality of patient discharge data, for individual requests for data the department in its discretion may designate any of the patient discharge data collected under RCW 43.70.052 and this chapter as either a direct patient identifier or an indirect patient identifier in addition to the elements already designated by the department in subsection (6) of this section.
(4) The department may distribute a data file with direct patient identifiers only to:
(a) Government agencies after entering into a data use agreement; or
(b) Researchers with approval from the Washington state institutional review board and a signed confidentiality agreement with the department.
(5) The department may distribute a data file that contains indirect patient identifiers only to agencies, researchers, and other persons upon receipt of a signed data use agreement with the department.
(6) Direct and indirect patient identifiers are as follows:
Patient Discharge Data Element
Direct or Indirect Patient Identifier
Patient control number
Direct
Patient medical record number
Direct
Patient first name
Direct
Patient middle initial
Direct
Patient last name
Direct
Patient Social Security number
Direct
Patient address
Direct
Patient city
Indirect
Patient county
Indirect
Patient zip code and four digits
Direct
Patient zip code (five digits only)
Indirect
Patient state
Indirect
Patient country code
Indirect
Patient's date of birth (month, day, year)
Direct
Age in years
Indirect
Sex assigned at birth
Indirect
Race
Indirect
Ethnicity
Indirect
Gender identity
Indirect
Sexual orientation
Indirect
Preferred language
Indirect
Disability
Indirect
Admission date (month, day, year)
Direct
Admission hour
Indirect
Type of admission
Indirect
Point of origin for admission
Indirect
Patient discharge status
Indirect
Discharge hour
Indirect
Statement covers period
(from... through...)
Direct
Type of bill
Indirect
Revenue code
Indirect
Units of service
Indirect
Total charges
Indirect
Payer identification
Indirect
Principal diagnosis code
Indirect
Other diagnosis code
Indirect
External cause of injury code
Indirect
Principal procedure code
Indirect
Other procedure code
Indirect
Admitting diagnosis code
Indirect
Patient's reason for visit ICD code (1-3)
Indirect
Procedure date (month, day, year)
Direct
Present on admission status
Indirect
Service date (month, day, year)
Direct
Insured last name, first name, middle name, suffix
Direct
Patient's relationship to insured (code)
Indirect
Insured ID
Direct
Facility federal tax number
Indirect
National Provider Identifier for provider(s)
Indirect
First and last name of provider(s)
Indirect
Health care provider taxonomy code
Indirect
Health care common procedure coding system
Indirect
(7) In order to comply with 42 U.S.C. Sec. 290dd-2 and 42 C.F.R. Part 2, for any hospitalization that includes substance abuse disorder related diagnosis or procedure codes or any diagnosis related groups or major diagnosis category to the extent collected by the department, the department will remove substance abuse disorder related diagnosis or procedure codes or any diagnosis related groups or major diagnosis category from the direct patient identifier data file.
(8) Information and records related to mental health services will be disclosed consistent with both RCW 43.70.052 and chapter 70.02 RCW.
(9) In order to comply with WAC 246-490-110 protecting the identity of facilities that provide abortions, for any hospitalization that includes a diagnosis or procedure code indicating an induced termination of pregnancy, the data file with direct patient identifiers will not include patient name, facility ID, provider identifiers, or geographic identifiers less than state.
(10) The department may provide the fewest data elements necessary for the stated purpose of the project.
(11) The department may release an unrestricted public data file that does not contain direct or indirect patient identifiers to anyone. The department may create a public file by:
(a) Removing all data elements designated as indirect in subsection (6) of this section; or
(b) Aggregating or anonymizing data designated as indirect in subsection (6) of this section so that each combination of indirect patient identifiers remaining in the public file must appear at least 10 times; and
(c) Removing all data elements designated as direct in subsection (6) of this section.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-085, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.052, 2014 c 220. WSR 15-19-152, § 246-455-085, filed 9/22/15, effective 10/23/15.]



(Effective January 1, 2023)

PDF246-455-105

Requests from government agencies for patient discharge data files containing direct patient identifiers.

(1) A government agency requesting data files that contain direct patient identifiers for nonresearch purposes must comply with the requirement of RCW 43.70.052 and this section. The department will not release data to a government agency requesting data from the department pursuant to this section until all requirements of this section have been completed to the satisfaction of the department.
(2) A government agency submitting a data request under this section for nonresearch purposes must submit all of the following to the department in the form or format required by the department:
(a) A completed application on the form provided by the department;
(b) A signed data use agreement with the department that conforms with WAC 246-455-400;
(c) All information required in subsection (3) of this section; and
(d) All fees required by WAC 246-455-990.
(3) A government agency submitting a data request under this section for nonresearch purposes must submit to the department all of the following information:
(a) Name, title, organizational affiliation, and contact information (mailing address, telephone number, and email address) of the requestor, the organization official authorized to execute agreements, the organization information technology security officer, and organization privacy officer;
(b) Purpose or intended use of the data being requested, including any proposed redisclosure of the data;
(c) Length of time and frequency of the data being requested;
(d) Physical and electronic security measures to be taken to assure confidentiality and security of identifying information, including stored information;
(e) Provision for return or destruction of the information at the conclusion of use;
(f) Population of interest;
(g) Names and titles of all persons who will have access to the data;
(h) The plan for use of the data and certification to abide by the department's small numbers guidelines;
(i) Patient discharge data elements needed to achieve the purpose; and
(j) Years of the requested data.
(4) The department may request additional information regarding the request for patient discharge data containing direct identifiers. If additional information is requested, the government agency must submit the information within 30 days of the department's request or the request for data may be denied.
(5) If the department determines the request for data submitted pursuant to this section is in fact for research purposes, the department will require the government agency to comply with the provisions of WAC 246-455-200.
(6) If the department suspects or is unsure if the request for data submitted pursuant to this section is for research purposes, the department may require the government agency to comply with the provisions of WAC 246-455-200.
(7) The department may deny a request for data if the government agency submitting a data request under this section fails to meet any of the requirements of this chapter or RCW 43.70.052.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-105, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22.]



(Effective January 1, 2023)

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Requests for patient discharge data files containing direct patient identifiers for research.

(1) A researcher requesting data files that contains direct patient identifiers for research must comply with the requirements of RCW 43.70.052 and this section. The department will not release data to a researcher requesting data from the department until all the requirements of this section have been completed to the satisfaction of the department.
(2) A researcher submitting a data request under this section must submit all of the following to the department:
(a) A completed records request form associated with the human research review board application that contains all the information required in subsection (3) of this section;
(b) Approval from the human research review board of the research proposal for which the data is being requested;
(c) A signed confidentiality agreement with the department; and
(d) All fees required by WAC 246-455-990.
(3) A researcher submitting a data request under this section must submit all of the following information on the records request forms provided by the human research review board to the department for review and approval:
(a) Project title;
(b) Principal investigator name, title, and contact information (telephone number and email address);
(c) Study abstract that includes:
(i) Description of the proposed research study and objectives;
(ii) Research study design and analysis plan;
(iii) Duration of research study;
(iv) The plan for dissemination of the results and a certification that the researcher will abide by the department's small numbers guidelines in the dissemination of results; and
(v) A plan for the return or destruction of the information at the conclusion of the research study.
(d) Patient discharge data elements needed to complete the research study;
(e) Years of the requested data; and
(f) Geographic area of interest of the research study.
(4) The department may request additional information regarding the research proposal. If additional information is requested, the researcher must submit the information within 30 days of the department's request or the request for data may be denied.
(5) If the researcher submitting a data request under this section receives an exempt determination letter from the human research review board, the researcher may:
(a) If the researcher is a governmental agency, comply with the provisions of WAC 246-455-105; or
(b) Submit a request to receive data pursuant to WAC 246-455-300.
(6) The department may deny a request for data for research purposes if the researcher submitting a data request under this section fails to meet any of the requirements of this chapter or RCW 43.70.052.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-200, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22.]



(Effective January 1, 2023)

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Requests from individuals or entities for patient discharge data files containing indirect patient identifiers.

(1) All requests for data under this section must comply with the requirements of RCW 43.70.052 and this section. The department will not release data to an individual or entity requesting data from the department pursuant to this section until all the requirements of this section have been completed to the satisfaction of the department.
(2) The data released pursuant to this section will only be in the data file format prescribed by the department.
(3) An individual or entity submitting a data request under this section must submit all of the following on the form or in the format required by the department:
(a) A completed application on the form provided by the department;
(b) A signed data use agreement with the department that conforms with WAC 246-455-400;
(c) All information required in subsection (4) of this section; and
(d) All fees required by WAC 246-455-990.
(4) An individual or entity submitting a data request under this section must submit all of the following information to the department:
(a) Name, title, organizational affiliation, and contact information (mailing address, telephone number, and email address) of the requestor, the organization official authorized to execute agreements, the organization information technology security officer, and the organization privacy officer;
(b) Purpose or intended use of the data being requested, including any proposed redisclosure of the data;
(c) Length of time data is needed or length of the project;
(d) Physical and electronic security measures to be taken to assure confidentiality and security of identifying information including storage of data, and provision for return or destruction of the information at the conclusion of use;
(e) Names and titles of all persons who will have access to the data;
(f) The plan for dissemination of the results and certification to abide by the department's small numbers guidelines; and
(g) Years of data requested.
(5) The department may request additional information regarding the request for data under this section. If additional information is requested, the individual or entity must submit the information within 30 days of the department's request or the request for data may be denied.
(6) The individual or entity must download the data from the secured file transfer site within two weeks. If after the two weeks, the requestor has not retrieved the data, the individual or entity must submit a new request and payment.
(7) The department may deny a request for data if the individual or entity submitting a data request under this section fails to meet any of the requirements of this chapter or RCW 43.70.052.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-300, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22.]



(Effective January 1, 2023)

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Patient discharge data use agreements.

(1) All written data use agreements with the department for the release of patient discharge data must comply with the requirements of RCW 43.70.052 and this section.
(2) A data use agreement with the department is required for the following:
(a) Government agencies requesting data that contains direct patient identifiers for nonresearch purposes; and
(b) Individuals or entities requesting data that contains only indirect patient identifiers.
(3) The department may use standard form data use agreements for all data requests, consistent with the provisions of this section and RCW 43.70.052. If the department chooses to use a standard form data use agreement for data requests, the requestor shall sign the standard form data use agreement prepared by the department pursuant to this subsection. If the department chooses to negotiate the terms of the standard form data use agreement for data requests, the ultimate decision to modify the standard form data use agreement to accommodate a data request lies solely with the department.
(4) An individual or entity requesting data under this section must comply with all the terms and conditions of the data use agreement. If the individual or entity violates the data use agreement, it will result in the immediate termination of the data use agreement and result in denial of patient discharge data in the future.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-400, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22.]



(Effective January 1, 2023)

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Data file production.

(1) The department retains the discretion to determine what form or format is most appropriate to provide to a particular requestor. Where the department provides data files on a routine schedule, the department may automate file production. The department may manually produce data files when deemed appropriate. Nothing in this chapter should be deemed to entitle any requestor to receive data in a particular form or format, and nothing in this chapter should be deemed to require the department to produce the data in a particular form or format.
(2) Where the department provides data files on a routine schedule, the department may allow a requestor to update their original data request with the department. If the department permits a requestor to update their data request, the requestor must pay the fee required by WAC  246-455-990(4).
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-500, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22.]



(Effective January 1, 2023)

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Data file fees.

(1) The department may not charge a fee for state officials and agencies receiving data funded through the state general appropriation.
(2) The department shall collect nonrefundable fees as follows:
(a) One hundred ten dollars per standard data file;
(b) Fifty dollars per standard data file for students with proof of valid student status; and
(c) One hundred ten dollars per custom data file.
(3) For data requests where data files are provided on a routine schedule to an entity, the department may enter into an agreement with that entity and charge a fee equivalent to the actual costs incurred by the department for reimbursement of the data request.
(4) Updates to data requests allowed by WAC 246-455-500(2) will be assessed a fee by the department equivalent to the actual costs incurred by the department to update the data request.
(5) The department may waive fees for the following:
(a) Local health jurisdictions receiving standard data files;
(b) Tribes, tribal organization within the state, and Indian health service designated tribal epidemiology centers serving tribes within the state receiving standard data files; and
(c) Patient discharge data sharing initiated by the department.
[Statutory Authority: 2021 c 162 and RCW 43.70.052. WSR 22-13-187, § 246-455-990, filed 6/22/22, effective 10/1/22.]