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Office of Data Collection & Quality Assurance

Office of Data Collection & Quality Assurance

The Office of Data Collection & Quality Assurance (DCQA) currently collects patient discharge data from all licensed acute care hospitals (including psychiatric and comprehensive rehabilitation units), comprehensive rehabilitation hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, cardiac catheterization labs and emergency departments.

AHCA collects patient discharge data in accordance with Section 408.061, Florida Statutes and Chapters 59E-7 and 59B-9.

If you have any questions about your data submission, please reference the Agency FDDC Data Guide. This guide is the central source for information on current data collection rules, XML schemas, reporting calendars, forms, audit dictionaries, submission instructions and data element descriptions.

New: Data Collection System

Coming soon: A new data collection system is operational for the Q4 2022 reporting period. Please notify your vendor and/or programmer with the updated schema changes.

New data type schemas are AS10-5 and PD10-5. Schema changes are minimal, however will require updating for Q4 2022 submission. Schemas can be viewed at the URLs below: AS10-5 SCHEMA 59B-9.034.pdf [ pdf 50 kB ] and PD10-5 SCHEMA 59E-7.12.pdf [ pdf 55.5 kB ]

The primary schema changes are in the Declaration and Header listed below:

  • Change declaration schema to AS10-5 or PD10-5
  • Delete Transcode Q line
  • Update Data type
  • AHCA number not zero padded in header or body
  • Delete all Contact Information
  • Do not zero pad charges to a 7-character field 

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<HC_DATA xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="http://www.ahca.myflorida.com/xmlschemas/ AS10-5 or PD10-5.xsd">

<TRANS_CODE>Q</TRANS_CODE>  Delete this line
<CONTACT_PERSON>    Delete all contact information


OSED Service Location Code [ pdf 158.8 kB ]  - Updated 10-05-2023