Indicates if the data being submitted for a hospital has been sampled (either monthly or quarterly) or represents an entire population for the month.
Measures not eligible for sampling (e.g., VTE-6 and HBIPS-2) will require the Quarterly Sampling Frequency to be set to ‘Sampling Not Allowed’. It is the only selection available for these measures.
A Quarterly Sampling Frequency is required to be selected even if the user is attests to not having any cases in the Initial Population of the measure for a given month.
Quarterly Sampling Frequency must be consistent for the entire quarter for the measure. For stratified measures, this includes all strata for the measure for the quarter.
For example: If the Quarterly Sampling Frequency for April is monthly, then the Quarterly Sampling Frequency for May and June must be monthly.
Each measure’s sample size requirements are outlined in the appropriate version of the specification manual.