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["Encounter, Performed": "Contact or Office Visit"]

eCQM Data Element

Performance/Reporting Period
Value Set Description from VSAC
Clinical Focus: This value set contains concepts that represent contact and office visits for new and established patients, and includes in-person, telephone, online, and other visit types related to depression encounters.
Data Element Scope: This value set may use the Quality Data Model (QDM) datatype related to Encounter, Performed.
Inclusion Criteria: Includes only relevant concepts associated with outpatient contact and office visits in which a patient may be evaluated for depression. This groups CPT and HCPCS codes.
Exclusion Criteria: Excludes inpatients for purposes of the index event. The majority of CPT codes are specified for outpatient visit types; however psychiatry and psychotherapy visits can be used in the inpatient setting.

Constrained to codes in the Encounter, Performed: Contact or Office Visit value set (2.16.840.1.113762.1.4.1080.5)

QDM Datatype and Definition (QDM Version 5.4)

"Encounter, Performed"

Data elements that meet criteria using this datatype should document that the encounter indicated by the QDM category and its corresponding value set is in progress or has been completed.

A QDM Known Issue has been identified related to this datatype. To see this QDM known Issue, please click here.

Timing: The Relevant Period addresses:

  • startTime – the time the encounter began (admission time)
  • stopTime – the time the encounter ended (discharge time)

The Author dateTime addresses when an Encounter is documented. Documentation can occur at the beginning, during, at the end or subsequent to the end of an Encounter. The Author dateTime should be used only if the Relevant Period cannot be obtained.

The Location Period is an attribute of the attribute facility location addresses:

  • startTime -the time the patient arrived at the location;
  • stopTime -the time the patient departed from the location
QDM Attributes


Relevant Period addresses the time between the start of an action to the end of an action. Each datatype using relevant period defines specific definitions for the start and stop time for the action listed.
Last Updated: Jul 08, 2021