Test and Formal Submissions
Test submissions allow you to test your data before formally submitting it to OSHPD. Test submissions go through the same edit programs and generate the same summary and detail reports as formal submissions, but do not result in official approval of data. If your data contains errors, you can correct and resubmit it as a test submission as many times as you like. OSHPD encourages you to take advantage of test submissions by repeatedly testing your data before formally submitting it. We'll explain test and formal submissions in depth later in this training.

File Submission or Web Entry
There are two ways to submit data through MIRCal. You can attach a data file created outside MIRCal, or you can enter and submit web records online.

Web entry allows you to manually enter data records directly into MIRCal. This is especially useful for small or rural facilities.

A larger facility may use web entry to add or delete individual records online without having to change and resubmit their entire data file.

Edit Programs
The programs that OSHPD uses to edit your data are:

IP ED and AS
  • Transmittal 
  • Licensing
  • Standard
  • Re-Admission
  • Coding
  • Trend
  • Comparative
  • Records with a Blank or Invalid Principal Diagnosis
  • Transmittal
  • Standard
  • Trend
  • Comparative

Reports
MIRCal provides numerous summary and detailed reports. These reports provide the results of the processing of your data through the various edit programs, and help you to identify and correct any data errors found during processing. We'll discuss these reports in detail later in this training.

Once you've started using MIRCal to formally submit data, you'll also have access to various historical summary reports of your MIRCal data submissions.

To view MIRCal reports, you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download this free software from Adobe's website.

Online Error Correction
This feature allows you to correct individual records directly in MIRCal without having to resubmit your entire data file.

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