AHRQ releases supplemental files for tracking repeat visits to different hospital settings
Research Activities, April 2010, No. 356
AHRQ has released Revisit Files, the newest addition to the supplemental files created under the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). The Revisit Files are designed to facilitate analyses for tracking patients across time and hospital settings in the HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID), State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD), and State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) while adhering to strict privacy guidelines. These files enhance the value of the HCUP State databases by allowing for a variety of interesting analyses such as evaluating repeat emergency department use, readmissions to the hospital, admissions to the hospital after ambulatory surgery, or patterns of emergency department and hospital utilization for chronic conditions.
Currently 12 HCUP partners have authorized the release of their State revisit files through the HCUP Central Distributor, restricted-access public-release databases.
For more information about the HCUP Supplemental Revisit Files, please visit the HCUP-US Web site, http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/tools_software.jsp or contact HCUP User Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.