HCUP 2015 Nationwide Readmissions Database Released
The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) announces release of the 2015 Nationwide Readmissions Database (NRD). The NRD is an annual database designed to support various types of analyses of national readmission estimates for all payers and the uninsured. This database addresses a large gap in health care data—the lack of nationally representative information on hospital readmissions for all ages.
Following the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS on October 1, 2015, the file structure of the 2015 NRD has changed. Users are encouraged to review the ICD-10-CM/PCS Resources Page prior to analyzing outcomes affected by this change in the ICD coding scheme. To signify the change in the data, the file structure of the 2015 NRD differs from the annual files for other data years. In the 2015 NRD, the first three quarters of data (with ICD-9-CM codes) are stored separately from the fourth quarter of data (with ICD-10-CM/PCS codes). In addition, the names of diagnosis- and procedure-related data elements under ICD-10-CM/PCS have been changed to identify the coding scheme. Data elements based on the HCUP Tools that are derived from ICD-10-CM/PCS codes are not included in the fourth quarter data, but beta version of the programs to assign the HCUP Tools are available for download on the HCUP Tools & Software section of the HCUP-US Web site.
The 2015 NRD can now be purchased through the HCUP Central Distributor. Additional information is located on the NRD Overview Page.
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