News and Announcements: Notable news from HCUP
Databases and Products: New database and product releases
Publication Spotlights: Recent works incorporating HCUP data and tools
HCUP Q&A: Answers to your HCUP questions
HCUP Events: Upcoming HCUP conferences and meetings
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Apply Today for the HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award
Nominations are being accepted until Friday, March 20, 2015, for the HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award. The Award will recognize up to three researchers published in peer-reviewed journals in 2014 who used HCUP databases to explore and address health care research topics and issues.
The chosen recipients will be recognized at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, to be held June 14-16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Visit the HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Awards page for complete information. For questions, please contactHCUP User Support.
New Infographic Shows Outpatient vs. Inpatient Surgeries
A new AHRQ infographic titled Inpatient vs. Outpatient Surgeries in U.S. Hospitals has been released, drawing on data from HCUP Statistical Brief #188 Surgeries in Hospital-Owned Outpatient Facilities, 2012. The infographic shows nearly half (48.9 percent) of 19 million surgeries performed in community hospitals in 28 States were outpatient surgeries. Surgeries most often performed in the outpatient setting were eye surgeries (98.8 percent); ear surgeries (91.8 percent); and nose, mouth, and throat surgeries (86.7 percent). Surgeries most often performed in the inpatient setting were obstetric surgeries (97.7 percent); respiratory surgeries (86.9 percent); and cardiovascular surgeries (71.7 percent).
The infographic is available on the HCUP-US Website in PDF, JPEG, and text formats. Please contact HCUP User Support with questions or comments.
Visit HCUP’S New Virtual Exhibit Booth
The HCUP Virtual Exhibit Booth on the HCUP-US Website provides materials typically offered at HCUP conference exhibit booths. The Virtual Exhibit Booth includes brochures, participation maps, an overview presentation, and additional information that provide general project information to users. For a complete list of HCUP events and activities, visit the HCUP Calendar of Events.
HCUP Offers Data Users’ Workshop on April 30 — Registration Opens March 18
On April 30, AHRQ will sponsor a full-day, intermediate-level HCUP Data Users' Workshop at its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. This Workshop, which is open to the public, will teach health services researchers and analysts how to improve their use of HCUP databases and products. The Workshop will include a high-level overview of HCUP, demonstration of HCUPnet, and hands-on training focused on the newly released 2012 National Inpatient Sample (NIS)and conducting analyses using NIS data. Registration opens on March 18. More information is available on the HCUP Workshops and Webinars page. There is no fee for the Workshop.
Learn about HCUP at its April 15 and 22 Webinars — Registration Required
Two Webinars introducing researchers to HCUP will be held on April 15 and 22. The first, Overview of the HCUP Databases, covers an introduction to the HCUP family of databases. The second, Overview of the HCUP Products and Tools, covers the use of HCUP software tools and supplemental files to facilitate and augment research. The Webinars are open to the public. Each requires separate advance registration, which will open on April 7. Additional details of the Webinars are posted on the HCUP Workshops and Webinars page.
Coming Soon: Clinical Classifications Software for Services and Procedures Updates for 2015 Calendar Year
The Clinical Classifications Software for Services and Procedures (CCS-Services and Procedures) provides a method for classifying Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes into clinically meaningful categories. Users are required to agree to a license agreement in order to access the CCS-Services and Procedures software. Later this month, the software will be updated for codes valid through 2015. For additional information on the CCS-Services and Procedures, visit the HCUP Tools and Software page.
Recently Released: Additional 2013 State Databases
Since December 2014, the following 2013 State databases have been released:
- State Inpatient Databases (SID): Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin
- State Ambulatory Surgery and Services Databases (SASD): Vermont, Wisconsin
- State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD): Vermont, Wisconsin
In addition, the 2012 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) has been released.
Databases can be purchased online through the HCUP Central Distributor, and aggregated statistics for selected States can be accessed via HCUPnet.
For database purchasing questions, please contact the HCUP Central Distributor.
New HCUP Statistical Briefs Posted on HCUP-US
Since December 2014, the following HCUP Statistical Briefs have been released:
#186 Most Frequent Operating Room Procedures Performed in U.S. Hospital, 2003-2012
#187 Overview of Hospital Stays for Children in the United States, 2012
#188 Surgeries in Hospital-Owned Outpatient Facilities, 2012
These and other Statistical Briefs can be found on the HCUP Reports page.
Four New HCUP Methods Series Reports Now Available
HCUP has recently released four new Methods Series Reports.
Methods Series Report #2014-02: Population Denominator Data for Use with the HCUP Databases (Updated with 2013 Population Data) identifies relevant sources of population data that can be used with the HCUP databases to calculate rates of hospital care events per population.
Methods Series Report #2014-03: An Examination of Expected Payer Coding in HCUP Databases presents detailed information on the expected payer codes in HCUP States and how they can be appropriately used for research purposes.
Methods Series Report #2015-01: Missing Data Methods for the NIS and KID guides users and raises awareness about the need to address missing data in the HCUP National (Nationwide) Inpatient Sample (NIS), the State Inpatient Databases (SID), and other HCUP data.
Methods Series Report #2015-02: Methods Applying AHRQ Quality Indicators to Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Data for the 2014 NHQR and NHDR provides methods for applying the AHRQ Quality Indicators (QIs) to HCUP discharge data for the HCUP National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR).
These and other HCUP Reports can be found on the HCUP Reports page.
Publications Using HCUP Data
Nasr DM, Biller J, Rabinstein AA. Use and in-hospital outcomes of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator in pediatric arterial ischemic stroke patients. Pediatr Neurol 2014 Nov;51(5):624-631.
This study uses the 2001-2010 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) to determine trends and outcomes in the use of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) for pediatric patients with acute ischemic stroke. An article abstract is available via Pubmed.
Ortiz JR, Neuzil KM, Cooke CR, Neradilek MB, Goss CH, Shay DK. Influenza Pneumonia Surveillance among Hospitalized Adults May Underestimate the Burden of Severe Influenza Disease. PLoS One 2014 Nov;9(11):e113903 (online publication).
This study uses the 2003-2009 State Inpatient Databases (SID) for Arizona, California, and Washington and regional influenza data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assess whether the limitation of influenza testing on adults hospitalized with pneumonia underestimates the total burden of influenza hospitalizations. An article abstract is available via Pubmed.
To read additional recently-published articles featuring HCUP data, please visit the Research Spotlights page on theHCUP-US Web site.
I want to place my order for HCUP databases and supplemental files online through the HCUP Central Distributor, but I have a few questions.
- Am I required to create an account before I place an order?
- Where can I find prices and availability of HCUP databases and supplemental files?
- How long will it take to receive the HCUP databases I order?
- Who can I contact for help?
Am I required to create an account before I place an order?
Yes, you must have an account to place an order. You can browse the catalog of HCUP databases and add items to your shopping cart without an account; however, you cannot proceed to check out without logging in to your account. The Data Use Agreement (DUA) training is required to set up an account.
Where can I find prices and availability of HCUP databases and supplemental files?
Complete database availability and pricing information is located in the Database Catalog, which is found by navigating to the online HCUP Central Distributor web page.
How long will it take to receive the HCUP databases I order?
Typically, the HCUP Central Distributor ships orders for HCUP Nationwide databases (NIS, NEDS, and KID) within 5–7 business days of receiving all completed documents and payment information. Orders for HCUP State databases (SID, SASD, and SEDD) may take an additional 1–2 business days to complete because the required Statement of Intended Use must be reviewed by AHRQ on behalf of the State data organizations (HCUP Partners) that provide their data to HCUP. If your order is approved, State databases are typically shipped within 7–10 business days of receiving all completed documents and payment information.
Please note that all databases in an individual order will be shipped together. If your order includes both Nationwide and State databases, they will be sent in one shipment upon AHRQ’s approval of your Statement of Intended Use for the State database(s).
Who can I contact for help?
For more information about ordering HCUP databases and supplemental files, please navigate to the HCUP Central Distributor and review the Ordering FAQs. You may also contact the HCUP Central Distributor by email atHCUPDistributor@ahrq.gov or by phone (toll free) at (866) 556-4287.
For other HCUP questions, please contact HCUP User Support.
- April 15, 2015: HCUP Database Overview Webinar
- April 15-17, 2015: Eastern Nursing Research Society Annual Scientific Session (ENRS)
- April 22, 2015: HCUP Overview of HCUP Products and Tools Webinar
- April 30, 2015: HCUP Data Users’ Workshop
For a complete list of HCUP presentations and events, visit the HCUP Events Calendar.
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