Data Abstractors

In addition to P4P, BCBSM has confirmed that they will provide Clinical Data Abstractors (CDAs) at the OBI Hospitals to support our data validation and collection efforts. The percentage of the FTE at each hospital will be based on BCBSM’s algorithm based in part on delivery volume. OBI Hospitals will receive their payments in June 2019 to have Data Abstractors in place in summer 2019. OBI’s data reporting efforts will begin in third quarter 2019.

BCBSM will support CDAs at hospitals that are not P4P eligible too. To be eligible for a CDA, the hospital must submit the Participation Agreement by February 1st and participate fully in the OBI Performance Index. If a hospital does not participate fully in OBI, BCBSM reserves the right to retract the funding for the Clinical Data Abstractor.

*The Clinical Data Abstractors position description is in development and will be posted soon.

OBI Data Requirements in 2019

The hospital-based Clinical Data Abstractors (CDAs) will:

1. Data Validation

Validate our two data sources to confirm the quality and reliability of our data: a. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PPO and BCN claims data b. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services birth certificate data matched with inpatient discharge data from the Michigan Hospital Association Data validation for the two data sources is a one-time effort. Hospitals will report data regarding 30 patients for BCBSM PPO data and 30 patients for birth certificate data validation via the OBI registry. These 30 patients will be provided by the OBI Coordinating Center. These patients will be a mix of low-risk and non-low risk patients.

2. Data Reporting

The OBI Data Reporting Variables & Process Measures document (currently under review by the OBI Advisory Committee) reflects the data variables that will be collected on Term Singleton Vertex patients from January 2019 onward via the OBI registry on a consecutive sample of cases each month from OBI participating hospitals per the table below.

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CDA Data Priorities   

OBI will ask the CDAs to complete the BCBSM & birth certificate data validation first before starting the patient medical record data abstraction.

OBI Data

In 2019, OBI will soon have 3 data sources:

1.      BCBSM PPO and BCN data 2.      Birth certificate data matched with inpatient discharge data 3.      Patient level data from the electronic medical record (EMR) (real time data)

These data sources will be complimentary and provide insight into different areas. Our registry will be able to generate reports with the different data sources.


Contact Clinical Site Engagement Coordinator, Jill Brown, RN at or (734) 763-2740.