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AHRQ releases 2006 State data from HCUP

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released State data for the 2006 data year from the Agency's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). HCUP is a Federal-State-industry partnership that brings together the data collection efforts of State data organizations, hospital associations, private data organizations, and the Federal government to create a national information resource of encounter-level health care data.

This most recent database release includes the State Inpatient Databases (SID), State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD), and State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) of selected States. Researchers and policymakers can use these State-specific HCUP databases to investigate questions unique to one State, compare data from two or more States, conduct market area research or small area variation analyses, and identify State-specific trends in utilization, access, quality, charges, and outcomes. More State databases will be released throughout the year.

The State Inpatient Databases contain the universe of inpatient discharge abstracts for participating States. Currently, SID data from the 2006 data year are available for Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. These new additions complement the numerous SID files that are already available for the years 1994-2005.

The State Ambulatory Surgery Databases feature ambulatory surgery encounter abstracts from hospital-affiliated, and in some cases, freestanding, ambulatory surgery sites within participating States. This most recent release adds 2006 data files for California, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, to the existing collection of SASD files already available for the years 1997-2005.

The State Emergency Department Databases contain discharge information on all emergency department visits that do not result in a hospital admission. AHRQ added 2006 data files for Arizona, California, Iowa, New Jersey, and Wisconsin to the existing collection of SEDD files that are already available for the years 1999-2005.

Complete descriptions of the SID, SASD, SEDD, and other HCUP databases are available on the HCUP Web site at

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