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VOLUME 50 | NUMBER 4.1 | AUGUST 2015

Enhancing the Value of Statewide Hospital Discharge Data: Improving Clinical Content and RaceEthnicity Data

Statewide hospital discharge datasets are commonly used source of data for health services research. For nearly 25 years, the Agency for Health and Quality (AHRQ's) Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) has partnered with state governments, hospital associations, and private data organizations to transform their databases into uniform, research oriented datasets for use in health services research. These datasets are unique as a source of data on hospital services across all payers (including the uninsured), and almost all hospitals in the United States. The state discharge datasets complement payer-specific datasets that cover multiple care settings (beyond hospitals), including Medicare, Medicaid, and private payer datasets.

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