4055.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Administrative Healthcare Data for Research the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) is the largest collection of all-payer data in the country available for release to researchers. A recent major redesign has been underway to increase researchers' access to a wider array of administrative data collected through a partnership between the federal government, states, and industry. HCUP is a family of databases and tools maintained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), formerly AHCPR. As of the 1997 data year, 22 state-level data organizations contribute data on hospitalizations and a growing number of states provide data on ambulatory surgeries and emergency department visits. All data are converted into a uniform format which allows multi-state analyses focusing on conditions, procedures, institutions, small areas, states, or the nation. Recent innovations in dissemination make these data even more accessible to researchers than before. A new distribution mechanism means that researchers can easily purchase uniform data for multiple states. A web-based query tool puts descriptive statistics for the nation and states at users' fingertips. HCUP also provides free downloadable software such as performance measures based on hospital data (HCUP Quality Indicators) and clinical groupers (Clinical Classification Software). Examples of research studies based on HCUP data and tools will be used to illustrate applications. Participants in this session will receive detailed packets of information about HCUP products along with instructions on how to obtain the data and tools. Participants will also have the opportunity to provide input into HCUP's future directions
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Facilitator(s):Anne Elixhauser, PhD
Panelist(s):Jenny Schnaier, MA
Herb Wong, PhD
Claudia Steiner, MD
8:30 AMOverview of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)
Jenny Schnaier, MA
8:45 AMState Inpatient Databases (SID): Comprehensive datasets for health services research
Herb Wong, PhD
9:00 AMOther HCUP specialized databases: The NIS and beyond
Jenny Schnaier, MA
9:15 AMHCUP State Outpatient Databases (SOD): The next frontier
Claudia Steiner, MD, MPH
9:30 AMHCUP Tools: Making better use of administrative data
Anne Elixhauser, PhD
Sponsor:Medical Care
Cosponsors:Epidemiology; Health Administration; Statistics

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA