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Central Distributor SID: Description of Data Elements
This section describes how HCUP data elements are coded, restrictions on their use, their uniform values, and State-specific coding practices.
 
AHOUR - Admission hour
 
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes
 

Admission hour (AHOUR) is coded in military time (e.g., 2:00 p.m. is represented as 1400). For some, but not all States, the time stamp includes the hour and minutes. Invalid times are set to invalid (.A). No other edit checks are performed on this data element during HCUP processing.

 
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Uniform Values
 
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
AHOURAdmission hourHHMMAdmission hour
.Missing
.AInvalid
 
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State Specific Notes

Florida

Beginning in 2010, Florida provided Inpatient Admission Time. This field was used to code AHOUR.

From 2006-2009, Florida provided HCUP with Emergency Department Hour of Arrival. This data element was used to code AHOUR. Beginning in 2010, Emergency Department Hour of Arrival is now kept in the data element EDHOUR.



Kansas

Kansas provided the hour of admission, but not the minutes. During HCUP data processing, the minutes were imputed to be "00".



Nebraska

Prior to 2004, Nebraska provided the hour of admission, but not the minutes. During HCUP data processing, the minutes were imputed to be "00".



New York

New York source values are 00-23 and 99. During HCUP processing, minutes are set to 00 and the source value 99 is set to missing.



Vermont

Vermont source values are 00-23. During HCUP processing, minutes are set to 00 and any other values are set to missing.


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Internet Citation: HCUP Central Distributor SID Description of Data Elements - All States. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). August 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/db/vars/siddistnote.jsp?var=ahour.
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