Newsletters - Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS)

SPARCS Update newsletters are distributed electronically to individuals with HCS upload access, subscribers to SPARCS-L, and other interested parties upon request.

2014

  • December
    General Announcements: Happy Holidays!, ICD-10 Testing, Statistical Briefs, SPARCS Data Collection Advisory Group. Data Release: Year in Summary, Data Governance Committee, Limited and Identifiable, SPARCS Data on Health Data NY.
    (PDF, 393 KB)
  • November
    General Announcements: Health Facilities Own Data, Statistical Briefs. Compliance: Transition to Quarterly Reconciliation Compliance Protocol. Data Release: Data Governance Committee, Limited and Identifiable. Submitter Notes: Security Statement, Claim Reporting.
    (PDF, 380 KB)
  • October
    General Announcements: Statistical Briefs #2, #3, and #4. Compliance and Quality Improvement: Compliance. Training/Support: Introduction for Data Users Presentation. Data Release: Data Governance Committee, Limited and Identifiable.
    (PDF, 468 KB)
  • September
    General Announcements: E-mail Address Updates, Statistical Briefs, Data Governance Committee, SPARCS Data Collection Advisory Group. Compliance and Quality Improvement: Compliance. Training/Support: SPARCS Edit Reports and Error Correction Presentation. Data Release: Limited and Identifiable. Submitter Notes: Observation Stays.
    (PDF, 386 KB)
  • August
    General Announcements: SPARCS Regulations: Title 10 NYCRR Section 400.18, SPARCS Data Collection Advisory Group, Preliminary All-Payer Breast Cancer Surgery Volume Data Released, Updates to SPARCS Public Website. Compliance and Quality Improvement: 2013 Annual Reconciliation, SPARCS Compliance and the New SPARCS Regulations. Data Release: Limited and Identifiable, Data Release Governance Committee. Submitter Notes: Collecting and Reporting SPARCS Expanded Race and Ethnicity Data, Resubmitting Corrected SPARCS Records, SPARCS-837 PC Application SQLite Issues.
    (PDF, 403 KB)
  • July
    General Announcements: SPARCS Public Website Refresh, SPARCS Operations Guide. Compliance and Quality Improvement: 2013 SPARCS Annual Reconciliation, Monthly Reminders, Quarterly Compliance. Data Collection, Storage, and Release: SPARCS Data Release: Limited and Identifiable. Submitter Notes: Transitional Care Units.
    (PDF, 295 KB)
  • June
    General Announcements: 2014 NYHIMA Annual Conference. Compliance and Quality Improvement: SPARCS Annual Reconciliation. Data Collection, Storage, and Release: SPARCS Data Release: Limited and Identifiable. Submitter Notes: Reporting Admission from Emergency Department.
    (PDF, 303 KB)
  • May
    General Announcements: Health Innovation Challenge. Compliance and Quality Improvement: SPARCS Compliance. Data Collection, Storage, and Release: SPARCS Data Release: Limited and Identifiable. Submitter Notes: Transitional Care Units, Tip for SPARCS Submitters.
    (PDF, 302 KB)
  • April
    General Announcements: Federal Delay of ICD-10 Implementation; Health Innovation Challenge. Compliance and Quality Improvement: ICR to SPARCS Comparison, Computer Vendor Survey. Data Collection, Storage, and Release: SPARCS Health Data Query System, SPARCS Data Release: Limited and Identifiable.
    (PDF 316 KB)
  • March
    Compliance and Quality Improvement: Annual Renewals of SPARCS Data Agreements, SPARCS Compliance, Revised SPARCS Present on Admission Reporting (2009-2012). Data Collection, Storage, and Release: ICD-10, SPARCS Data Release: Limited and Identifiable. Training Sessions: SPARCS Reporting Requirements: Expanded Race and Ethnicity.
    (PDF, 354 KB)
  • February
    General Announcements: ICD-10 Implementation, Verification of Contact Information. Compliance and Quality Improvement: SPARCS Compliance, SPARCS Present on Admission Reporting, Facility Race and Ethnicity Concordance Reports. Data Collection, Storage, and Release: SPARCS Data Release - Limited and Identifiable. Training and Presentations: Implementation of ICD-10 Codes, SPARCS 101 Statewide Online Training through WebEx, NYS Toolkit to Reduce Healthcare Disparities.
    (PDF, 300 KB)
  • January
    SPARCS Staff Update, SPARCS Present on Admission Reporting, Facility Race and Ethnicity Concordance Reports, SPARCS Regulations Update, SPARCS 101 Statewide Online Training through WebEx, ICD-10 Reporting Update, Verification of Contact Information, SPARCS Compliance, SPARCS-837 PC Application, New York State Health Data Code-a-Thon, SPARCS Data Release: Limited and Identifiable, Data User Notes
    (PDF, 272 KB)

2013

  • December
    Completed Health Care Disparity Webinar Training Sessions Available through Archive, Facility Race and Ethnicity Concordance Reports, Health Data NY, New York State Health Data Code-a-Thon, Data Protection Review Board Meeting, SPARCS Data Release: Limited and Identifiable, SPARCS Data Release: Year in Summary, Verification of Contact Information, SPARCS Regulations Update, SPARCS 101 Statewide Training Made Available through WebEx, ICD-10 Reporting Update, Happy Holidays!
    (PDF, 369 KB)
  • November
    Completed Disparity Webinar Training Sessions Available Through Archive, Upcoming Disparity Webinar Training Sessions, Survey on Newborn Race and Ethnicity Data Collection, Hospital Race and Ethnicity Concordance Reports, New York State Health Data Code-a-Thon, SPARCS Data Release: Limited and Identifiable, Verification of Contact Information, SPARCS Regulations Update, SPARCS 101 Statewide Training Made Available Through WebEx
    (PDF, 445 KB)
  • October
    Expanded Race and Ethnicity Reporting, Upcoming Webinar Training Sessions, ICD-10 Reporting Update, Hospital Race and Ethnicity Concordance, Health Data NY, SPARCS Data Submissions, Vendor Agreement Form, Verification of Facility-Specific SPARCS Coordinators, SPARCS Regulations
    (PDF, 408 KB)
  • June/July
    Changes in Organizational Structure and Location, Data Collection: Expanded Outpatient Data Collection Requirement, Data Collection: Enhanced Reporting Requirements (Race and Ethnicity), Reminder on Reporting Race and Ethnicity, Provider Licenses Update, Modifications to Edits, ICD-10 Reporting Update, Annual Report Generator, Health.Data.NY.Gov
    (PDF, 256 KB)

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