• Mailing Address
    Dept. of State Health Services
    Center for Health Statistics, MC 1898
    PO Box 149347
    Austin, Texas 78714-9347

    Moreton Building, M-660
    1100 West 49th Street
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7261
    Fax: 512-776-7740
    Email: thcichelp@dshs.texas.gov

Quality Indicators (QIs) Reports for 2015 Data Were Not Published

The THCIC program produces annual Quality Indicator (QI) reports, including Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI), Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDI), Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQI) and Patient Safety Indicators (PSI). These reports are generated under Health and Safety Code 108.010 to provide a perspective on the quality of healthcare in Texas hospitals. The indicator reports use inpatient discharge data collected by the THCIC program.

The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed the QI methodologies. THCIC generates many of the QI reports for use by Texas consumers, legislators, health planners, healthcare purchasers, and healthcare providers to assist them in making informed health care decisions.

In 2015, a significant change in coding systems occurred. Federal requirements necessitated the change in coding systems, from the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS). The change occurred on October 1, 2015. The change makes 2015 data and subsequent reports using the data inconsistent between the first three quarters and the 4th quarter. The change will make the data difficult to utilize and compare between 2015 data and between QI reports from different years.

AHRQ is still in the process of transitioning the QIs from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS.

An assessment of the data collected for year 2015 and the AHRQ QI methodology updates suggests THCIC cannot provide consistent or accurate results for 2015 data. THCIC will not produce QIs reports for 2015 data per Health and Safety Code, Section 108.010(d), which allows the department to withhold publishing the data or reports in whole or in part, when data or information may be inaccurate or inappropriate.

THCIC will notify facilities through the numbered letters on any updates in responses to new information on the QI reports.  To keep apprised of such developments, you can visit THCIC's website at http://www.dshs.texas.gov/thcic/.  If you have any questions regarding QI reports, please contact the THCIC program at (512)776-7261 or via email at thcichelp@dshs.texas.gov.

Last updated August 21, 2018