NCH Beneficiary Discharge Date

SAS Name

On an inpatient or Home Health claim, the date the beneficiary was discharged from the facility, or died.

Date matches the "thru" date on the claim (CLM_THRU_DT) unless the beneficiary is still a patient (i.e., this field is not populated if discharge status code [PTNT_DSCHRG_STUS_CD]= 30 [still a patient]). When there is a discharge date, the PTNT_DSCHRG_STUS_CD indicates the final disposition of the patient after discharge.


Source: NCH QA Process