February, 2016

Facility testing is a process that allows facilities to verify that updates to their systems meet the requirements of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Facility testing consists of submitting a National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) Facility Information File (FIF) and a period data file into the Test environment.

At the beginning of each fiscal year, all facilities that submit data to NACRS are required to complete facility testing. Live data processing cannot occur without successful testing.

The following facility testing procedure outlines each step, explains client responsibilities and addresses frequently asked questions. By following these testing instructions, clients can prevent delays in the facility testing process and allow for more timely data submissions to the Live environment. These testing steps apply to all clients, regardless of the facility’s reporting level.

Multi-level facilities must meet additional criteria to complete facility testing. For example, multi-level facilities must complete testing for each applicable data submission level. For more information on testing for multi-level facilities, please refer to the DAD and NACRS Submission Manual, 2016–2017. You can also register for the self-learning course DAD Submissions and Corrections: Rules and Tools, through CIHI’s Learning Centre.

Questions about this bulletin can be sent to cad@cihi.ca.