New Jersey supplied discharge abstract data for inpatient stays from general acute care hospitals.
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
The documentation provided by New Jersey does not indicate whether stays in special units within the hospital (e.g., psychiatric, rehabilitation, long-term care) are included.
Exclusion of Records During HCUP Data Processing
Beginning in 1999, records with a discharge disposition of "still a patient" were excluded from the HCUP inpatient files. Prior to 1999, this type of record was not included in the source data files.
|Internet Citation: HCUP Central Distributor SID New Jersey 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_filecompnj.jsp.
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