TRICARE Management Activity (TMA)
Data Quality Management Control (DQMC)
Workgroup Meeting Minutes
June 14, 2012
(* via phone)
Here Member Member name Here Alternate
X DQMC Chair [Name redacted]
Army-DQ Manager [Name redacted] * [Name redacted]
* Navy-DQ Manager [Name redacted]
X AF-DQ Manager [Name redacted]
* JTF CapMed [Name redacted] [Name redacted]
X TMA-DQMC Ctr [Name redacted] [Name redacted]
Navy-DQ Ctr [Name redacted] [Name redacted]
* AFMOA DQ Rep [Name redacted] * [Name redacted]
TMA-UBO [Name redacted] X [Name redacted]
X TMA-UBU [Name redacted]
* TMA-MEPRS [Name redacted]
TMA-DHCAPE [Name redacted]
X HA PM Human Capital [Name redacted]
* TMA DQ Course Ctr [Name redacted]
TMA-UBO Ctr [Name redacted] * [Name redacted]
* TMA-MEPRS Ctr [Name redacted] * [Name redacted]
* TMA Coding Audit Ctr [Name redacted]
Army MEPRS [Name redacted] * [Name redacted]
* Navy Coding Support [Name redacted] [Name redacted]
AF Coding Support [Name redacted] * [Name redacted]
AF MEPRS [Name redacted] [Name redacted]
* DHCAPE, Ctr [Name redacted]
* DHSS, Ctr [Name redacted]
The meeting was called to order at 2:03 PM in the DHHQ 3M157 Conference Room.
The TMA-DQMC Contractor asked for permission to tape the meeting for the purpose of
documenting the minutes and no one objected. The roll was called. The DQMC Chairperson
welcomed attendees and thanked them for their participation.
The DQMC Chairperson welcomed the group.
 MTF Coding Audit FY 2011 and FY 2012
The TMA Coding Audit Contractor reported submission rates from the Services: The Army was
96%, Navy 98%, and Air Force 96%. Of these records they have reviewed 84% of Army
records, 68% of Navy records, and 79% of Air Force records. They anticipate being finished
tomorrow, when the auditors will start on Monday. Tomorrow, she will send an update of
Action Item #1: The TMA Coding Audit Contractor to send a list of missing records to
the Service representatives.
The DQMC Chairperson noted that the new contract may be extended for another six months to
include the analysis of the results beginning in September. He noted that the group has done a
 Review Action Items
Handout: Summary of Action Items from May meeting
May 2012 – Item #1: The TMA-DQMC Contractor to send the TMA-UBU Representative a
list of people who are interested in the status of the BOXI issues. CLOSED. The product is
May 2012 – Item #2: The Navy-DQ Manager to send the TMA-UBU Representative an e-mail
about the Trouble Ticket related to M2 data displays. CLOSED. The TMA-UBU
Representative still needs to look into the issue. The DHCAPE Contractor offered to help if she
can see the Trouble Ticket.
May 2012 – Item #3: The TMA-DQMC Contractor to send out the DQ class roster. CLOSED.
The DQMC Chairperson noted about the next DQ course in September. The TMA-DQMC
Contractor reported that the Friday M2 Hands-On will be held at DHHQ, but the regular course
will be held at the Mark Center. In the future, The DQMC Chairperson would like to be held in
the DHHQ fourth floor conference center. His concern is getting them on the DHHQ campus.
Action Item #2: The TMA-UBU Representative to share the Navy-DQ Manager’s e-
mail on the M2 data displays with the DHCAPE Contractor, and others.
 TMA Summary DQ Metrics
Handouts: TMA Summary March Data FY 2012
The TMA-DQMC Contractor noted that the Services have answered their questions. The Air
Force has answered 5d. She noted that the JTF 2c, SIDR Coding Timeliness, is the result of a
lack of coders. The JTF CapMed Representative reported this is being addressed at Fort Belvoir.
She does not believe it will continue to be a problem.
The TMA-DQMC Contractor noted the questions related to the 9s. The JTF CapMed
Representative noted that the comments for 9b, 9e are above the usual place. The TMA-DQMC
Contractor noted that 9b is not a MEPRS issue. The JTF CapMed Representative says this is a
Walter Reed problem only. SIDRs are not being documented and closed. The TMA-DQMC
Contractor noted that Rounds are still an issue. The JTF CapMed Representative responded that
they will be done with April processing for both sites tomorrow for EAS. They are catching up.
In relation to Navy 2c, the Navy-DQ Manager noted the issues are addressed in comments
section. MTF has been contacted; they have not recovered from the backlog with the ICD-9
tables due to staffing issues.
The DQMC Chairperson mentioned an issue that he is concerned about – Coding Timeliness.
The driver behind the timelines for DQ coding metric reporting is the Accounts Receivable
Policy from the Director, Financial Plans and Policy, several years ago (Defense Health Program
Accounts Receivable Policy; May 2, 2008). It said Outpatient encounters would be aged on the
15th day after the encounter, and Inpatient records would be aged on the 31st day after the
termination of the encounter. The DQMC Chairperson needs to talk to the Finance people about
how these timelines may degrade the quality of coding, especially the APVs. While these
timelines may seem long in the civilian world, The DQMC Chairperson notes that accuracy is
most important. The TMA-UBU Representative mentioned that the UBU community will be
shortening up the coding timeliness [in DoDD 6040.41].
The TMA-DQMC Contractor brought up the Hard Spots issue for the 2012 DoDI questions and
trying to move off the WWR benchmark for all SIDR disposition comparisons. The DQMC
Chairperson talked about the sense that WWR is antiquated and no longer essential for doing a
comparison. He asked what else might be appropriate for a comparison, such as CHCS. He also
asked the impact on MEPRS. The TMA-UBU Representative said the timing within the SIDR
should be sufficient.
The DHCAPE Contractor, who wrote the process, suggested the process can be updated easily.
Bed days are a problem when coding for completeness. (The TMA-DQMC Contractor reviewed
the purpose of the different sets of questions: 2 is for compliance, 4 is for timeliness, and 9 is for
counts of open versus closed.) Dr. Toney is not interested in inferred records. The TMA-UBU
Representative and the DHCAPE Contractor will discuss the inferred records issues offline. The
Navy-DQ Manager said they were going to start processing twice a month. The DHSS
Contractor reported the WWR is not being turned off, although the DHCAPE Contractor noted
that that has been proposed. Notwithstanding, The TMA-DQMC Contractor noted that the
DQMC workgroup’s perspective is that they would no longer mandate the WWR be run.
The Alternate Representative of AFMOA DQ asked if this change could be done by the new
fiscal year. The TMA-UBU Representative and the DHCAPE Contractor thought not. The
DQMC Chairperson suggests not using it and letting others decide whether or not they need it.
The TMA-DQMC Contractor had one more item for the CCE Billable report. The Navy-DQ
Manager said the Billable Summary Report requested is going to be ready with the 1 October
release. She wanted to know if there is any delay anticipated because of the ICD-9 table update.
The TMA-UBU Representative says only one change is known for ICD-9 changes. He said
conversations on ICD-9-CM are to start next month, so those changes are not known. The TMA-
UBU Representative said the primary thing that delays CCE for the grouper in the MHS world is
the implementation of the TRICARE-specific MS-DRGs.
 Service Issues
The Army had no issues at this time.
The Navy-DQ Manager has no issues at this time.
The Air Force-DQ Manager had no issues at this time.
The JTF CapMed Representative requested help with their two MTFs. The Navy-DQ Manager
explained that the Services cannot do true root-cause analysis; they are all developing plans of
action and management. The MTFs are sticking to standard responses and are not giving useful
answers. The JTF CapMed Representative wants the group to know they are struggling to get up
with their processing.
 MHS Service Desk T3 Trends
Handout: May MHS Service Desk IT Report
The TMA-DQMC Contractor reported no critical trends.
 DQ Course Update
The TMA-DQMC Contractor reported they have started September registration: Army has 11
for 17 slots, Navy 8 for 10, AF 9 for 14, JTF 1 for 3, and TMA TRO has 5 for 2 (3 over; on wait
The DQMC Chairperson is interested in how registration goes due to cutbacks in budgets.
 DMHRSi Update
The HA PM Human Capital Representative reported that they have completed a review of the
customizations. Twenty-eight items considered costly to maintain. They would like to keep 6
and delete 22. They would like to eliminate the way GME and GDE students submit their
timecards. They would like to eliminate the calculation done to check the type (clinical and
training) and number of hours entered by residents. This change was approved for the new
release. It will be effective in June or July 2014. The managers of the Residents do a lot of
checking to see if the hours are in the right categories. The FMA-UBU Representative would
like to see if this change affects the data calls he reports to Lockheed because it affects the ASA
The HA PM Human Capital Representative also mentioned that the Services’ DMHRSi
representatives are going to an Oracle users’ group meeting, and he would welcome questions to
pose to Oracle.
Handouts: May MEWACS Hits Comparison, May MEWACS Portal Hits, EAS IV
Repository Completion Compliance Tables
The TMA-MEPRS Representative introduced the MEPRS Completion and Compliance
Dashboard, which was designed to simplify completion and compliance reporting. It is a mirror
of the Services’ reporting and it has four components:
(1) Compliance Rate (“data in on time”) – A monthly comparison relative to 45-day
(2) Completion – Heretofore it only compared the total months of data against expected
months; now it reflects the total expenses versus the total expenses expected.
(3) Number of Outliers – How many have been worked for completion?
(4) System Availability
Comments are welcome by e-mail.
 UBO Update
The TMA-UBO Representative reported the OIB rates and the Cosmetic Surgery Estimator
(CSE) will be available in July. Webinars are being done on those topics this month now. The
CG billing reimbursements for PPS are in process; the Army and JTF CapMed are paid; the
Navy payment is in process because the BUMED is deciding whether the payments are to be
made to BUMED or the MTFs; and the Air Force is not participating this year.
The Navy has received a waiver for Naples for the DD-Form 2569 that is good until the end of
 UBU Update
The TMA-UBU Representative announced the UBU has published an update to Outpatient
Guidelines since the last DQMC meeting. Their next major UBU meeting will be in July. The
TMA-UBU Representative asked about the DES and DEA PATCAT list from UBO.
Action Item #3: The TMA-UBO Representative’s Alternate to send the TMA-UBU
Representative the new UBO PATCAT list.
 Wrap-Up and Next Meeting
The DQMC Chairperson noted that the Next Hard Spots meetings are to be held June 26 and
The meeting adjourned at 3:29 PM.
The next meeting is scheduled for July 19, 2012, from 2 – 3:30 PM. The location and dial-in
number are to be announced.
Read-aheads are due Monday, June 11, 2012, COB.
Summary of Action Items
June 2012 – Item #1: The TMA Coding Audit Contractor to send a list of missing records to
the Service representatives.
June 2012 – Item #2: The TMA-UBU Representative to share the Navy-DQ Manager’s e-mail
on the M2 data displays with the DHCAPE Representative and others.
June 2012 – Item #3: The TMA-UBO Representative’s Alternate to send the TMA-UBU
Representative the updated PATCAT list.