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Central Distributor SID: Description of Data Elements

CHARGE - Line item charge as received from source
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes

Line item charge (CHARGE) is the submitted charge that pertains to a specified revenue center. Line item charge (CHARGE) is retained as provided by the data source. No edit checks are performed on this data element during HCUP processing. Beginning with 2004 data, the charge for total (revenue code 0001) was retained. Prior to 2004, the charge for the total was often removed.

CHARGE is contained in a line item charge detail file. There may be multiple observations in the file with the same revenue code for a discharge record. To identify the total charge and units of service to specific revenue centers, the line item charge (CHARGE) and unit detail (UNITS) for a discharge should be summarized by revenue code (REVCODE) and the HCUP variable KEY which uniquely identifies a discharge. KEY can also be used to merge the detail charge information onto the discharge record in the Core file.

Uniform Values
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
CHARGELine item charge as received from source+/- 7(n).nnCharge
State Specific Notes


Beginning in 2006, Utah provided a charge detail file. Utah customarily caps their revenue charge detail fields at 23. The revenue charge detail information should only be used as extra transitional fields while retaining the charge buckets (CHG1-Facility Charge, CHG2-Professional Charge, CHG3-Emergency Department Charge, and CHG4-Patient Convenience Item Charge) for completeness.

In 2006, data for hospital #125 includes up to 57 charges on a patient record. Utah is investigating why these additional fields were retained on the file. It is probable that future revenue charge detail information will not include more than the expected 23 charges per patient record.

Beginning in 2015, we no longer retain the charge buckets.


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.
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