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Maintain and Expand the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)

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Request for Proposals

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) is a Federal-State-Industry partnership to build a standardized, multi-State health data system. HCUP is maintained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ, formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research).

Solicitation No. AHRQ-00-0004; (Full and Open Competition, with Recommended Small Business Goals)

Proposals Due: May 26, 2000

Contracting Office: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Division of Contracts Management, 2101 East Jefferson Street, Suite 601, Rockville, MD 20852.

The synopsis for this requirement was published in the Commerce Business Daily on March 30, 2000. The solicitation was issued on April 14, 2000. Full text can be downloaded by shift-clicking (select to access Downloading Information). Printed copies are also available, as detailed below.

A 5-year cost-reimbursement contract is contemplated. It is expected that one award will be made for this requirement.

The purpose of this contract is to maintain and expand a multi-state health care data system for health services research, health policy analysis, and quality measurement and improvement. The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), managed in the Center for Organization and Delivery Studies at AHRQ, is designed to create an information resource of hospital inpatient and outpatient data at the local, State and national level. The primary purpose of this effort is to build databases suitable for a broad range of health services research studies that include research on access to care and the quality, cost, and utilization of health care.

HCUP encompasses a family of administrative, longitudinal databases and related software tools and products that are developed by AHRQ in a Federal-State-Industry partnership. HCUP brings together the data collection efforts of State data organizations, hospital associations, private data organizations, and the federal government to create patient-level health care data in a form that permits in-depth research and analysis while protecting data security and confidentiality.

Two HCUP databases are currently available for restricted access public release for health services research. As of Winter 1999/2000, the databases provide 10 years of data, from 1988 to 1997. Four other specialized HCUP databases are in the developmental/pilot phase. The HCUP databases currently released are:

The HCUP State Outpatient Databases (SOD) component currently consists of State data from ambulatory surgery and emergency department data settings. Ambulatory care, office, and clinic visit data may also be included in future years. For details on HCUP, see online information at:

The Contractor shall be responsible for:

  • Soliciting cooperation from potential data sources.
  • Collecting data from these sources.
  • Developing innovative approaches to combine data from multiple sources in a uniformly formatted research database.
  • Developing the design and sampling strategies.
  • Statistically analyzing these data.
  • Providing documentation.
  • Protecting confidentiality.
  • Providing technical expertise to designated staff of the AHRQ and others on use of the data for research projects.
  • Monitoring technical advances for efficient functioning of the project.

Printed copies of the RFP may be obtained by writing to:

AHRQ, Attn: Division of Contracts Management
2101 East Jefferson Street, Suite 601
Rockville, MD
Fax: (301) 443-7523

Include the offeror's name, affiliation, address, and telephone and fax numbers. No telephone requests for the RFP will be accepted.

Downloading Information

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Current as of April 2000

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