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NPR Tip: An Index for B/AR Comments (Client/Server or MAGIC)

Written by Joe Cocuzzo, Senior VP of Report Writing Services - iatricSystems

One shortcoming of the MEDITECH HCIS is the lack of a complete activity index in B/AR. There is an activity index that includes all financial transactions (purged with batches in MAGIC, purged at 10 days in Client/Server), but this index does not include an entry for B/AR comments.

Many hospitals want to run productivity reports from B/AR to track the number of comments entered for a date range. Because comments are not indexed directly, you would typically run a report through all B/AR transactions to gather this information (or perhaps make an assumption about the oldest service date of interest and use that as a starting point).

Recently, it occurred to me that the somewhat new HIPAA related user activity tracking could be exploited to serve as a kind of activity index, making a report to find comments for a date range much more efficient. Several years ago, MEDITECH started tracking user activity in all applications at the patient level, so checking the accounts accessed from the B/AR database for a date range is an efficient way to find comments for a date range.

The process is as follows:

Since B/AR comments can only be entered via a B/AR routine, the activity of interest is in the B/AR user activity log, kept (in MAGIC) on the B/AR segment.

  1. Loop through the activity index and make a list of all accounts accessed for the date range
  2. Look at those accounts and select comment transactions with a date in the date range

In a start macro, we loop through the user activity as follows:

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The report is written in the transactions segment with no index, but an LI selection on /ACCT.

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We don't want detail on the report, just a count of accounts and comments for each user.

The count of comments is done with @Z.count.

The count of accounts is done with a computed field that includes a "WITH=TK2" attribute and a "FNC" of TOT.

To avoid printing a line per account, we put an LC="" attribute on the TK2 line:

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The complete list of attributes for xx.accts computed field is:

xx.account

DAT=INT

FNC=TOT

LEN=5

VAL=1

WITH=TK2

Running this report for a day takes just a few minutes, instead of the many hours it would take to loop through all of BAR.PAT at the transaction level if we did not exploit the user activity index.

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Note that you would not be able to find comments entered prior to the purge of user activity. That value is in @MIS.PARAM.user.logs.purge.delay. You could check the user selection range with an FCL:

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The code for the MAGIC and the Client/Server versions of this report is identical (except for the segment name on page 1/general tab). An example report written for each platform has been uploaded to our report library: BAR.PAT.zcus.is.eupdate.comments.by.user.

http://www.iatric.com/information/NPRReportLibrarySearch.aspx.

You can find additional NPR Tips on our website at http://www.iatric.com/Information/NPRTips.aspx, as well as information about our on-site NPR Report Writer Training and NPR Report Writing Services.

Upcoming NPR Training Opportunities:

We are pleased to offer NPR Report Writer training sessions at host sites. Details and a course description are available on our website at http://www.iatric.com/Information/Classes.aspx.

Location Level Instructor Date Cost
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Baltimore, MD
Intermediate / Advanced Philip Sherry October 10-12, 2011 $750

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(This article originally appeared in the September 2011 issue of Iatric Systems’ Updates! newsletter.)

Topics: activity index in BAR, Magic, MEDITCH HCIS, Index B/AR Comments, MEDITECH, Client/Server, Report Writing Tips and Tricks, financial transactions

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