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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.
 
HOSP_MHSCLUSTER - Multi-hospital system cluster code
 
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes
 

HOSP_MHSCLUSTER is the system cluster code used by the American Hospital Association that categorizes hospital systems based on how much the system differentiates and centralizes its hospital services, physician arrangements, and insurance products. The values range from 1 for centralized health systems to 5 for independent health systems.

 
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Uniform Values
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
HOSP_MHSCLUSTERMulti-hospital system cluster code1Centralized Health System
2Centralized Physician/ Insurance Health System
3Moderately Centralized Health System
4Decentralized Health System
5Independent Health System
6Blank
 
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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/hosp_mhscluster/nisnote.jsp.
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