Take a Coffee Break, or Find Some Interactive Time to Spend with Your Institution's NCDR Data Coordinators
Becoming familiar with the NCDR Cath/PCI Registry data form and dictionary can be insightful for individual interventional cardiologists. It may be challenging for your data coordinators to find the necessary data elements in a complex blend of outpatient/inpatient, multi-institutional, and multi-source medical record systems. You can help! Your data coordinators may also be unaware of the stylistic documentation differences among interventionalists, potentially resulting in a higher-than-desired percentage of "unclassifiable" data submissions to the NCDR. Regardless, even if you do not submit to the NCDR but have an institutional registry or quality assurance process, look for opportunities to meet, and be proactive, with your coders or data coordinators. Remember, they are your colleagues.
- Download the NCDR CathPCI Registry data elements and dictionary from the NCDR website.