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NIS Description of Data Elements
The NIS is set of longitudinal hospital inpatient databases included in the HCUP family. These databases are created by AHRQ through a Federal-State-Industry partnership.
 
H_LOC - Location of hospital (definition used prior to 1998)
 
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes
 

The HCUP variable name for the hospital's location category has changed over time. In the 1993-1997 NIS, this same information is stored in the variable H_LOC. Beginning with the 1998 NIS, the name HOSP_LOCATION is used. In the 1988-1992 NIS, the hospital's location category was not available.

 
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Uniform Values
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
H_LOCLocation of hospital (definition used prior to 1998)0Rural
1Urban
.Missing
 
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State Specific Notes
None
 
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Internet Citation: HCUP NIS Description of Data Elements. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). September 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/db/vars/h_loc/nisnote.jsp.
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