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Source Files

The HCUP Florida inpatient files were constructed from the Florida Hospital Discharge Data Confidential Information received from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

Types of Facilities Included in the Files Provided to HCUP by the Partner

The Florida confidential files consist of discharge data from non-federal Florida hospitals. Florida routinely collected data from short-term, acute care hospitals, but some long-stay or rehabilitation hospitals also reported data.

  • Beginning in 2010, data for freestanding comprehensive rehabilitation facilities were included.
  • Beginning in 2006, data from long-term, psychiatric hospitals were added.
  • Beginning in 1997, data from short-term, acute care psychiatric hospitals were included in the Florida files.
A comparison of the number of hospitals included in the SID and the number of hospitals reported in the AHA Annual Survey is available starting in data year 2010.

Hospitals do not always report data for a full calendar year. Some hospitals open or close during the year; other hospitals have technical problems that prevent them from reporting data for all months in a year.

Inclusion of Stays in Special Units

Inpatient stays in special units (e.g., psychiatric, rehabilitation, long-term care) may be included in the HCUP Florida inpatient data. Hospitals can report acute care and nursing home units separately from their major facility. Beginning in 2010, data on comprehensive rehabilitation part units were added. These records can be identified with the HCUP variable HOSPITALUNIT.

Exclusion of Records During HCUP Data Processing

Records with a discharge disposition of "still a patient" or "admitted as an inpatient to this hospital" were excluded from the HCUP SID.


Internet Citation: HCUP Central Distributor SID Florida File Composition. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). August 2006. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/db/state/siddist/siddist_filecompfl.jsp.
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