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Glossary

This glossary explains terms in the Medicare program, but it is not a legal document. The official Medicare program provisions are found in the relevant laws, regulations, and rulings.

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Term Definition
VALIDATION

The process by which the integrity and correctness of data are established. Validation processes can occur immediately after a data item is collected or after a complete set of data is collected.

VARIABLE

A variable is a data entry field that accepts data according to the specifications and rules specified by the dictionary.

VARIABLE TYPE

Variable types and attributes determine the type of data the system will accept during data entry (e.g., the variable Indicate Coinsurance Percentage Amount accepts only data that are in numeric format).

*NOTE: An asterisk (*) after a term means that this definition, in whole or in part, is used with permission from Walter Feldesman, ESQ., Dictionary of Eldercare Terminology, Copyright 2000.

This glossary explains terms in the Medicare program, but it is not a legal document. The official Medicare program provisions are found in the relevant laws, regulations,and rulings.
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Date Last Updated: September 23, 2004

 

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